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Added by propelas on 17 Sep 2012 04:34
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Actors who turned against their own movies

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Quantum Of Solace

Now suited, booted and ready to revisit 007 in next year's Skyfall, Daniel Craig can afford to spill the beans on the last Bond movie, Quantum Of Solace, which wasn't quite as well received as Casino Royale. "On Quantum, we were f****d", he told TimeOut. "We had the bare bones of a script and then there was a writers' strike and there was nothing we could do. We couldn't employ a writer to finish it... There was me trying to rewrite scenes – and a writer I am not. We were stuffed. We got away with it, but only just." Blimey - tell us what you really mean, Daniel...
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Passion Play

Mickey Rourke's big mouth has landed him in trouble again, after an informal chat with a reporter at a party revealed he's no fan of his own recent movies. Rourke called Passion Play, the movie he made with Megan Fox and Bill Murray, "absolutely terrible", and labelled 13, the action thriller in which he co-stars with 50 Cent, "a really bad movie - it's so bad they can't get it out". Still, he's upbeat about his biopic of gay rugby player Gareth Thomas, calling it "a great movie". Hmmm.
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The Happening

The PR storm surrounding a movie doesn’t usually throw up much of note, beyond a few questions about how similar the actor is to their character. Occasionally the claws come out, though, and the star becomes their movie's harshest critic. Here's a look at the best bits of actorly treason...

During press for new movie The Fighter, Mark Wahlberg revealed he almost worked with co-star Amy Adams in another movie, in which she "dodged a bullet". When pressed further, Wahlberg admitted: All right, [it was] The Happening with M. Night Shyamalan. It is what it is. F***ing trees, man, the plants. F*** it. You can't blame me for wanting to try to play a science teacher. You know?"
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Star Wars

The Star Wars movies may have been some of the most beloved and iconic in cinematic history, but not everyone involved was a fan. English acting legend Alec Guinness, who played wise Jedi Obi Wan Kenobi, was so unenthused by the whole debacle he asked George Lucas to kill him off in the saga because he "just couldn't go on speaking those bloody awful, banal lines. I'd had enough of the mumbo jumbo". Said with force, presumably.
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The Freshman

Never shy about offering his viewpoints on a project, Marlon Brando signed up to play opposite Matthew Broderick in Frank Oz’s 1990 comedy, The Freshman. Only he wasn’t very happy with the film at all.

At one stage before it was released, Brando said that he thought the film would go on to become one of cinema’s greatest ever turkeys, calling the film “lousy”. He did apparently come round to it subsequently, and as it turned out, The Freshman garnered impressive reviews in the end anyway.

He’d then go on to make The Island Of Dr Moreau, which, bizarrely, he was less vocal about…
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The Italian Job/The Incredible Hulk

It was well known at the time that Edward Norton had no interest in appearing in Paramount Pictures’ remake of The Italian Job. However, having signed a three-picture deal with the studio, he faced a multi-million dollar lawsuit if he failed to participate. That said, he made his reluctance well known, reportedly suggesting that his real fans gave the film a miss.

He kept mostly quiet as the rumour mill went into overdrive on The Incredible Hulk back in 2008. Norton was widely reported to be unhappy with the final direction that the film took, and while he did a small amount of promotional work for the film, he disappeared during the month of the film’s release to do charity work instead. Hardly the enthusiastic backing the movie arguably needed, and also not the best way to nix the rumours of his displeasure with the end product...
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Leap Year

While romcoms rarely spawn Oscar buzz, Leap Year, starring Matthew Goode and Amy Adams, was a particular low-point. Film critics were quick to pounce on its cheesy script and woeful plot, but not as quick as Goode himself, who chose the week of the film's release to share his opinions. "Do I feel I let myself down? No. Was it a bad job? Yes, it was. But, you know, I had a nice time and I got paid." So why did he take the role in the first place? "I could come home at the weekends". Nice.
Knocked Up

The gross-out humour of Knocked Up proved to be a box-office smash, with fuzzy-haired Seth Rogen’s Ben Stone becoming the toast of slackers everywhere by snaring Katherine Heigl in his crisp-encrusted mitts. Katherine wasn’t quite as bowled over by the movie as the cinema-going public, however, describing it as "a little sexist. It paints the women as shrews, as humourless and uptight, and it paints the men as lovable, goofy, fun-loving guys". Nothing like her other films which celebrate the glory of womankind, like The Ugly Truth. Ahem.
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The Devil's Own

Fresh on the heels of becoming a bona fide A-lister thanks to Seven, Brad Pitt turned his talents to The Devil’s Own, a tale of the IRA and sectarian violence, complete with an, er, interesting, Irish accent. The movie did well commercially but Brad wasn’t exactly impressed with the finished product, going on to call it "the most irresponsible bit of filmmaking - if you can even call it that - that I've ever seen. I couldn't believe it". Surprisingly no sequel appeared...
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Boogie Nights

Boogie Nights was almost universally acclaimed by critics and fans alike, but Burt Reynolds was not one of its cheerleaders, despite starring as porn director Jack Horner. It’s not so much what the veteran actor said about the movie, as his actions directly after it, which point to him being less than delighted. First he sacked his agent, and then swiftly said no to a part in Boogie Nights director Paul Thomas Anderson’s next movie. Not even an Oscar nomination can satisfy some people...
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Average listal rating (1322 ratings) 8.2 IMDB Rating 0
The League Of Extraordinary Gentlemen

Sean Connery might be a cool customer, but he’s known to lose his cool when it comes to certain directors. Having admitted to not understanding the script, Sean signed on for The League Of Extraordinary Gentlemen regardless, but his relationship with director Stephen Norrington was so strained it hit the press before shooting finished, (while Sean allegedly hit Norrington). Sean’s quip to someone asking for Norrington at the wrap party that they should "try the asylum" aside, this was the film that led Connery to call it a day and escape "the idiots now in Hollywood."
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Average listal rating (2901 ratings) 7.4 IMDB Rating 0
Transformers: Revenge Of The Fallen

It could be said that Transformers: Revenge Of The Fallen wasn’t a movie about acting. In fact it was said, by one of the movie’s leading actors – Megan Fox. She didn’t go quite so far as calling it a bad piece of work, but said everything else besides, including labelling it a movie "for geniuses" because of the baffling storyline and asking an interviewer who’d seen it on the IMAX how they managed to avoid leaving with a migraine. She's not signed on for the third movie, and has since compared director Michael Bay to Hitler. Probably best to leave her off the DVD commentary...
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Average listal rating (1028 ratings) 6.7 IMDB Rating 0
Indiana Jones And The Kingdom Of The Crystal Skull

Megan’s fellow Transformers star, Shia Labeouf, has been exercising his own inner Barry Norman, laying into his part in Indiana Jones And The Kingdom Of The Crystal Skull. "I feel like I dropped the ball on the legacy that people loved". That’s not all, Shia has also claimed that it was all his own doing - "The actor's job is to make it come alive and make it work, and I couldn't do it. So that's my fault. Simple." Temple of gloom, by the sounds of it.
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The Million Dollar Hotel

On paper The Million Dollar Hotel should have been a worldwide smash. Based on a story by Bono, frontman of the biggest band in the world, U2, and starring Mel Gibson long before he became a total box-office turn-off. Nonetheless it opened to the sort of money you’d usually expect to make off a fairly tasty hotdog stall, a fact which wasn’t helped by Gibson’s verdict that the movie was "as boring as a dog's ass". Typical self-destructive Mel – he was the movie’s producer!
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Average listal rating (2015 ratings) 7.3 IMDB Rating 0

In the mansion of great superhero movies, Catwoman is very much gagged and bound in the locked basement. Not only was the movie a horribly ill-conceived piece of tat, even its own stars turned their claws on it. Sometimes the critics get it wrong, but when Hollywood’s annual celebration of movie badness, The Razzies, gave Halle Berry the nod for her part in the kittenish fiasco she did the honourable thing and turned up in person to collect it. Her quote "It was just what my career needed - I was at the top, now I'm at the bottom" might explain the lack of a follow-up. Miaow.
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With the third Blade film rolling out on DVD back in 2005, Wesley Snipes filed a lawsuit – which is still believed to be pending – against New Line Cinema and writer/director David S Goyer.
Snipes wasn’t happy with the final cut of the film, nor the fact that his screen time had been cut down to beef up that of his co-stars, Ryan Reynolds and Jessica Biel. Snipes’ contention was that the decisions Goyer and the film’s other producers made harmed the end product, and thus damaged the box office take.

Snipes is still keen to reprise the role of Blade, but given that he’s also made The Art Of War II, we’d be shocked if there wasn’t a single film in his back-catalogue he wouldn’t want to ransack.

This one, to be fair, you can hardly pin on Garner herself. Obliged to reprise her role as Elektra as part of her Daredevil contract, Garner reportedly told her ex-boyfriend, Michael Vartan, that she thought that the movie was awful.
Sadly for her, he spilled the beans on this, and the story did the rounds in January of 2005, the exact same month that the film was released. Garner never confirmed that she said those words, but she’d have to be blind/deaf/both not to reach that conclusion after watching the final cut of the film…
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