In an interview with New York Magazine this week at an after-party screening for Scream 4, Mickey Rourke not only said that the movie he recently made with 50 Cent was a “really bad movie,” but also went on to bash both his upcoming feature, Passion Play and his co-star, Megan Fox. Refreshingly honest? Yes! Kind of a dick move? Absolutely. But occasionally, it is nice to know that, when we think a movie is crap, that the actors who worked on them at least agree. Rourke’s admission is different here, because it’s one of the few instances where an actor called out his own movie before it was released.
To commemorate Rourke’s honesty, I have tallied up nine more glorious instances of an actor shitting on his or her own work, although the nine other instances were long after the fact.
“I gotta be a bit better when I’m looking through my scripts!”
Colin Farrell on Miami Vice
“Miami Vice? I didn’t like it so much. I understood that we were trying to paint a relationship with Tubbs and Crockett that was so grounded and familiar that there was no need for them to incessantly talk to each other — or look at each other — over two and a half hours.”
“That was a bad, bad, bad movie. But I got to work with John Frankenheimer. I wasn’t lying to myself—that’s why I did it.”
When I saw the second movie, I wasn’t impressed with what we did…There were some really wild stunts in it, but the heart was gone…we got lost. We tried to get bigger…Mike went so big that it became too big, and I think you lost the anchor of the movie…You lost a bit of the relationships. Unless you have those relationships, then the movie doesn’t matter. Then it’s just a bunch of robots fighting each other.
IIt 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.”
“That was the main reason I took it - so that I could come home at the weekends,” he said. “It wasn’t because of the script, trust me. 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. 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.”
What about your movie with Megan Fox and Bill Murray?
Terrible. Another terrible movie. But, you know, in your career and all the movies you make, you’re going to make dozens of terrible ones.
You called Megan Fox, like, one of the best actresses of all time.
That I worked with [smirk].
That movie’s getting limited release.
That’s because it’s not very good.
“That’s a piece of shit movie. It’s an unbelievably bad movie; just bad from the bottom. There’s a scene where I’m running away from this alien and I actually hide under the stairs. I come down some stairs and then duck up underneath them and I’m quivering and this big thing comes down the stairs and I’m freaking hiding under the stairs. This is something that can open walls of steel and I’m hiding under stairs! It was maybe the only time I’ve known something was just bad and there was nothing I could do about it. I just do the best I can and there have been bad movies that have been wildly successful and great movies that have tanked, so you never know. It was an independent precursor to all of these Marvel comics movies. I thought maybe that fan base would show up for it, but no.”
“I was such a huge fan of Amy Adams. We’d actually had the luxury of having lunch before to talk about another movie, and it was a bad movie that I did. She dodged the bullet. I don’t want to tell you what movie. All right, The Happening. Fuck it. It is what it is. Fucking trees, man. The plants. Fuck it. You can’t blame me for wanting to try to play a science teacher.”
“It’s the worst film I have ever made. Now, when my kids get out of line, they’re sent to their room and forced to watch Red Sonja 10 times. I never have too much trouble with them.”