6 Actors Who Hated Their Iconic Roles, Ranked From Least to Most Wrong
Halle Berry, Catwoman
There’s nothing wrong about this. When Halle Berry accepted her Razzie for this role, she thanked Waner Bros. “for casting me in this piece-of-sh*t, god-awful movie.” There was nothing redeeming here, no upside. 100% accurately regrettable.
The Twilight Kids
Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart have both repeatedly made it known that they hated the Twilight movies, as well as the level of fame it suddenly shot them into.
This kind of criticism— especially from child stars— is absolutely understandable. Who wants to be stuck in a shit franchise for the majority of your formative years while simultaneously losing all your privacy? On the other hand, it’s hard to imagine Kristen Stewart would be getting the kickass indie roles she is now if not for the Twilight jumpstart. Not all young blockbuster stars can make that kind of transition, but even fewer actors get to jump right into a career with quality, substantive roles.
Katherine Heigl, Knocked Up
When Knocked Up came out, Katherine Heigl famously called the movie out for being a sexist piece of crap.
It paints the women as shrews, as humorless and uptight, and it paints the men as lovable, goofy, fun-loving guys. 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 percent of the time it was an amazing experience, but it was hard for me to love the movie.
Was she wrong? Of course not. But the way she shit on the movie so publicly while she was supposed to be promoting it (combined with our already growing dislike of Heigl and, if we’re looking at this honestly, a deeply ingrained society-wide misogyny), severely undercut the truths she was telling.
Anthony Hopkins, Hannibal Lecter
Just last week, Hopkins revealed that he regretted playing the ultra-iconic Hannibal Lector. Except he really only regretted reprising the role in Hannibal and Red Dragon.
I did it once. Made the mistake of doing it twice — three times. ‘The Silence of the Lambs’ is okay. It was a good film.
That, I suppose, is a perfectly reasonable opinion. If he’d said Silence of the Lambs was a mistake, he would have been number one on this list.
Christopher Plummer, The Sound of Music
Plummer famously hated playing Captain Von Trapp.
“Because it was so awful and sentimental and gooey,” he explained with a laugh. “You had to work terribly hard to try and infuse some miniscule bit of humor into it.”
He also apparently had a strong aversion to nuns.
However, if he considers this role a mistake, and would rather live in a world without this wink—
He is just plain wrong.
Alec Guinness, Star Wars
Guinness was not the only cast member who thought Star Wars was a joke during filming, but he was perhaps the harshest. He called the movie “fairytale rubbish,” was just doing it for the “lovely bread,” and apparently couldn’t even be bothered to learn Harrison Ford’s name. From a letter to a friend at the time:
… new rubbish dialogue reaches me every other day on wadges of pink paper - and none of it makes my character clear or even bearable. I just think, thankfully, of the lovely bread, which will help me keep going until next April even if Yahoo collapses in a week … I must off to studio and work with a dwarf (very sweet - and he has to wash in a bidet) and your fellow countrymen Mark Hamill and Tennyson (that can’t be right) Ford. Ellison (? - No!) - well, a rangy, languid young man who is probably intelligent and amusing. But Oh, God, God, they make me feel ninety - and treat me as if I was 106. - Oh, Harrison Ford - ever heard of him?Thank god Guinness powered through and got that bread. It doesn’t matter how true all of these criticisms were. You were allowed to regret this, Alec Guinness, and we are allowed to revel in your wrongness.