16 actors who hated their biggest movie roles.

While we sit in front of the TV, devouring popcorn, blissfully watching our favourite films, we tend to get wrapped up in it all.

The plotline, the characters and, of course, the stars.

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But every now and then, it turns out the actors are not as enamoured with their movies as we are.

Here are 16 actors who regret their popular roles.

Chris Hemsworth in the Thor franchise.

Natalie Portman and Chris Hemsworth in Thor: Love and Thunder. Image: Marvel Studios.


The Thor actor confessed that while he's grateful for the role that changed the trajectory of his career, he takes the blame for Thor: Love and Thunder not living up to fans' expectations.

He's had the titular role since 2011 and returned for the fourth instalment of the franchise in 2022 only to be met with scorn. He told Vanity Fair he feels he "didn't stick the landing".

"I got caught up in the improv and the wackiness, and I became a parody of myself," he explained.

The actor said that over the decade, he has grown frustrated with his character.

"I would read everyone else's lines, and go, 'Oh, they got way cooler stuff. They're having more fun. What's my character doing?' It was always about, 'You've got the wig on. You've got the muscles. You've got the costume. Where's the lighting?' 

"Yeah, I'm part of this big thing, but I'm probably pretty replaceable," he said.


Timothée Chalamet in A Rainy Day in New York. 

Timothée Chalamet in A Rainy Day in New York. Image: Amazon MGM Studios.

Chalamet is one of the few actors who has let it be known they regret working with Woody Allen, whose adoptive daughter Dylan Farrow made allegations of sexual assault against him in the past.

Allen was accused of molesting Farrow when she was a child in 1992, a claim he has denied. These allegations were brought up following the #MeToo movement and after Farrow published an op-ed in The Los Angeles Times in 2017.


"I don't want to profit from my work on the film, and to that end, I am going to donate my entire salary to three charities: Time's Up, the LGBT Centre in New York, and RAINN," Chalamet said during a statement, in he apologised for accepting a role in A Rainy Day in New York.

"That is not something that sits easily with me in the current or indeed any moment, and I am profoundly sorry. It's a small gesture and not one intended as close to compensation."

Robert Pattinson in the Twilight trilogy.

Robert Pattinson in the Twilight trilogy. Image: Summit Entertainment.


Robert Pattinson has openly mocked the Twilight films that made him a household name.

"When I read it, it seemed like a book that wasn't meant to be published," he said during one of the film's press junkets. "Twilight fans are literally on the verge of being clinically insane."

He also shared his confusion over his character, Edward Cullen. "[He] is kind of a mixture of looking slightly constipated and stoned," he said.

"Why are they still in high school? It doesn't… they're a hundred years old."

During a chat with Moviefone, Pattinson said he was the type of person who would hate Twilight. "The people who don't like it are generally people who haven't seen it, and they're, like, all judgmental and stuff, and cynical people," he said. 

"But I think I am a judgmental and cynical person who would just mindlessly hate it without ever having seen anything."

Jacob Elordi in The Kissing Booth trilogy.

Jacob Elordi in The Kissing Booth trilogy. Image: Netflix.


Jacob Elordi starred in all three The Kissing Booth movies, playing popular student Noah Flynn opposite Joey King's Elle Evans. 

But the actor has since expressed his true feelings about the Netflix trilogy, which was the Aussie actor's big break in Hollywood.

"I didn't want to make those movies before I made those movies," he told GQ. "Those movies are ridiculous. They're not universal. They're an escape."

The Euphoria actor went on to say the wholesome film franchise felt like a "trap" that actors fall into in Hollywood. "You have no original ideas and you're dead inside. So it's a fine dance," he said.

Carrie Fisher in Star Wars.

Carrie Fisher in Star Wars. Image: 20th Century Fox.


At 19 years old, the late Carrie Fisher was offered a role of a lifetime: Princess Leia in the Star Wars movie franchise. However, in 2008, she told Today that if she was offered the role again, she would have said no.

"I would never have done it. All I did when I was really famous was wait for it to end," Fisher shared.

Ryan Reynolds in Green Lantern.

Ryan Reynolds in Green Lantern. Image: Warner Bros. Home Entertainment.


Ryan Reynolds might have met his wife and co-star, Blake Lively, while filming his superhero movie Green Lantern, but the actor has admitted to hating the final film.

"There was just too many people spending too much money and when there was a problem rather than say, 'Okay, let’s stop spending on special effects and let’s think about character'... the thinking was never there to do that," Reynolds said on Just For Laughs in London.


"Sitting in that premiere, watching that... oh my God, it’s tough," he said. "The words were 'holy s**t' and 'no, no!'"

Reynold described the "crazy" experience of watching the movie for the first time. "It was an odd feeling. It was not a feeling I wanted to repeat," he said.

Sean Connery and Daniel Craig in the James Bond franchise.

Sean Connery and Daniel Craig in the James Bond franchise. Image: Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer.


Not only did Sean Connery share that he hated being associated with the well-known and loved spy character, but the last actor who played James Bond, Daniel Craig, has also shared a similar dislike towards the role.

When speaking to The Guardian in 2004, Connery said, "I have always hated that damned James Bond. I'd like to kill him."

Similarly, when Craig was asked by TIME Out in 2015 whether he wanted to do another Bond film, he said, "Now? I'd rather break this glass and slash my wrists. No, not at the moment. Not at all. That's fine. I'm over it at the moment. We're done. All I want to do is move on."

He then added, "If I did another Bond movie, it would only be for the money."

He starred in another instalment, James Bond: No Time to Die, so we're guessing the paycheck must have been... worthwhile.

Kate Winslet in Titanic.

Kate Winslet in Titanic. Image: 20th Century Fox.


While Kate Winslet doesn't entirely regret signing on to play Rose in James Cameron's blockbuster romance film, she does regret how she performed the role.

During an interview with CNN, she said, "Every single scene, I'm like, 'Really, really? You did it like that? Oh my God.' My American accent, I can't listen to it.

"It's awful. Hopefully it’s so much better now. It sounds terribly self-indulgent but actors do tend to be very self-critical. I have a hard time watching any of my performances, but watching Titanic I was just like ‘Oh God, I want to do that again.'"

Christopher Plummer in The Sound of Music.

Christopher Plummer in The Sound Of Music. Image: 20th Century Fox.


Christopher Plummer, who played Captain Georg von Trapp in the classic film, The Sound of Music, shared that he hated almost every aspect of the film (besides starring opposite Julie Andrews).

In his 2008 autobiography, In Spite of Myself, he called the film "The Sound of Mucus."

"I was a bit bored with the character. Although we worked hard enough to make him interesting, it was a bit like flogging a dead horse. And the subject matter is not mine. I mean, it can't appeal to every person in the world. It's not my cup of tea," he wrote.

Ben Affleck in Daredevil.

Ben Affleck in Daredevil. Image: 20th Century Fox.


In 2016, Ben Affleck sat down with the New York Times to talk about his role as Batman. He explained that he wanted to play the iconic role so badly after his first superhero movie Daredevil flopped.

"That's the movie I want to do. I want to be a part of that," Affleck shared when discussing Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. 

"Part of it was I wanted, for once, to get one of these movies and do it right – to do a good version. I hate Daredevil so much."

Sylvester Stallone in Escape Plan 2: Hades.

Sylvester Stallone in Escape Plan 2: Hades. Image: Lionsgate.


Sylvester Stallone has appeared in some of the most popular action films of all time. But one of them, he hated with a passion.

In 2018, he appeared in the second instalment of the Escape Plan film series, Escape Plan 2: Hades. And only a short while after, he shared that it was the worst film he had ever made.

During an Instagram post promoting the third Escape Plan film he wrote, "Escape Plan 2 WAS TRULY THE MOST HORRIBLY PRODUCED FILM I have ever had the misfortune to be in."


Shia LaBeouf in Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull.

Shia LaBeouf in Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull. Image: Paramount.

In 2008, Shia LaBeouf starred alongside Harrison Ford in the action hit Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull.

However, he can't say he was a huge fan of the movie or the director, Steven Spielberg.


In 2010, he told the Los Angeles Times, "I feel like I dropped the ball on the legacy that people loved and cherished. You get to monkey-swinging and things like that and you can blame it on the writer and you can blame it on Steven [Spielberg]. But 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."

But he kind of did blame it on the director too.

"You get there, and you realise you're not meeting the Spielberg you dream of. You're meeting a different Spielberg, who is in a different stage in his career. He's less a director than he is a f**king company," he continued.

Jamie Lee Curtis in Virus.

Jamie Lee Curtis in Virus. Image: Universal Pictures.


Despite the 1999 outbreak movie, Virus, being considered a cult-classic, the leading lady Jamie Lee Curtis thinks it's terrible.

When she was interviewed by IGN she said, "Virus is so bad that it's shocking... That would be the all-time piece of s**t. It's just dreadful...

"That's the only good reason to be in bad movies. Then when your friends have [bad] movies you can say 'Ahhhh, I've got the best one.' I'm bringing Virus.'"

Matthew Goode in Leap Year.

Matthew Goode in Leap Year. Image: Universal Pictures.


Matthew Goode can happily admit that the rom-com Leap Year was not his finest moment.

"I was told it was going to be like The Quiet Man with a Vaughan Williams soundtrack, but in the end, it turned out to have pop music all over it," he told the UK's Telegraph"A bit like Chasing Liberty again. 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."

Katherine Heigl in Knocked Up.

Katherine Heigl in Knocked Up. Image: Universal Pictures.


During a profile for Vanity Fair, Katherine Heigl admitted that she wasn't overly happy with how the film Knocked Up turned out.

"It was a little sexist. It paints the women as shrews, as humourless and uptight, and it paints the men as loveable, goofy, fun-loving guys," she explained.

"It exaggerated the characters, and I had a hard time with it, on some days. I'm playing such a bitch; why is she being such a killjoy? Why is this how you're portraying women? Ninety-eight per cent of the time it was an amazing experience, but it was hard for me to love the movie."

Nicole Kidman in Australia.

Nicole Kidman in Australia. Image: 20th Century Fox.


And lastly, Nicole Kidman did not enjoy watching her performance in the Baz Luhrmann film Australia.

When interviewed on the radio station 2DAYFM, the Aussie actress shared, "I can't look at this movie and be proud of what I've done. I sat there, and I looked at Keith [Urban, Kidman's husband] and went, 'Am I any good in this movie?'

"But I thought Brandon Walters and Hugh Jackman were wonderful. It's just impossible for me to connect to it emotionally at all."

Feature image: Marvel Studios, Amazon MGM Studios, 20th Century Fox.

This article was originally published on June 7 2020 and has since been updated with new information.

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