19+ Actors Who Seriously Regret Their Past Roles

elizabethdspina 16 Nov 2018

I can respect an actor for wanting to take their career to the next level. Maybe the pilot transcript sounded like a big opportunity, maybe they were offered a big payday, maybe they were trying to get out of their comfort zones. Whatever it was, I'm sure they were trying to push their careers in the right direction. Nonetheless, we all have things we regret, and actors, well, they have roles they regret.

Zac Efron in "High School Musical"

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High School Musical may have supplied us with some of the greatest karaoke tracks, and it's definitely a film that will always be close to our hearts. But for Zac, it isn't something he's proud of anymore. “I step back and look at myself and I still want to kick that guy’s ass sometimes," he told Men's Fitness. "He’s done some kind of cool things with some cool people, he did that one thing that was funny, but, I mean, he’s still just that f███ing kid from High School Musical." Sorry not sorry, "Troy Bolton".

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Megan Fox in "Transformers"

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Transformers may have put Megan Fox's name on the map, and for that she is grateful. But she still admits she has her reservations about the film. In an interview with Entertainment Weekly she said, "Sure. I mean, I can't s██t on this movie because it did give me a career and open all these doors for me. But I don't want to blow smoke up people's ass. People are well aware that this is not a movie about acting. And once you realize that, it becomes almost fun because you can be in the moment and go, 'All right, I know that when he calls Action! I'm either going to be running or screaming, or both.'"

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Robert Pattinson in "Twilight"

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Although Robert Pattinson delivered an incredible performance, bringing Edward Cullen to life, he didn't seem to like Edward or Twilight very much. He said in an interview regarding the film, "If Edward was not a fictional character, and I met him in reality, you know, he's one of those guys that would be an ax-murderer."

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Jennifer Lawrence in "Mother!"

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Jennifer Lawrence doesn't believe that sugar-coating anything for the benefit of others is the way to go. “I was really shaken. My first reaction to seeing the film was that we took it too far,” she told Variety “But then after the images died down a little bit, the movie’s exactly what we’re supposed to be doing and what we need to be doing. We have a message and if we watered it down to make people comfortable then what’s the point? Why even make it?”

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Kate Winslet in "Titanic"

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Kate told CNN, “Every single scene, I’m like ‘Really, really? You did it like that? Oh my God," and then added “even my American accent, I can’t listen to it. It’s awful."

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Will Smith in "After Earth"

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You would think that starring in a film with his son, Jaden Smith, would have been a positive milestone for Will. But alas, it was not. He told Variety “That was a valuable lesson for me… with After Earth,” adding “That was the most painful failure in my career.”

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Matt Damon in "The Bourne Ultimatum"

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Matt Damon told GQ that The Bourne Ultimatum could have been a "career-ender" for him. He went on to say that the script was "unreadable" and that he definitely regrets going through with the film.

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Katherine Heigl in "Knocked Up"

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Katherine described Knocked Up as "a little sexist" and thought the movie misrepresented women as a whole. She told Vanity Fair, "It paints the women as shrews, as humorless and uptight, and it paints the men as lovable, goofy, fun-loving guys,"

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Halle Berry in "Catwoman"

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Halle Berry wasn't shy about her thoughts on her performance in her 2004 role, as Catwoman. When accepting a "Razzie Award" for worst actress she said, "I want to thank Warner Bros. for casting me in this piece-of-s██t, god-awful movie."

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Nicole Kidman in "Australia"

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Nicole admitted in an interview with a Sydney radio station that she could not even bear to watch it. "I sat there and I looked at Keith and went "Am I any good in this movie?" and she then added, "It's just impossible for me to connect to it emotionally at all."

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James Franco in "Your Highness"

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Critics tore Your Highness apart, and Franco couldn't help but agree. He admitted in an interview when asked about the film, “Your Highness? That movie sucks. You can’t get around that.”

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Jessica Alba in "Fantastic Four"

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In Fantastic Four - Rise Of The Silver Surfer, Alba described her experience to journalists as less than great. She told Elle, "I wanted to stop acting. I hated it. I really hated it," adding "I remember when I was dying in 'Silver Surfer'. The director was like, 'It looks too real. It looks too painful. Can you be prettier when you cry? Cry pretty, Jessica.' He was like, 'Don't do that thing with your face. Just make it flat. We can CGI the tears in.'" Yikes.

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Emilia Clarke in "Terminator Genisys"

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Known best for her character in Game Of Thrones, Emilia Clarke has dabbled in a few other roles. She revealed to Vanity Fair that the director had been “eaten and chewed up on Terminator,” adding that everyone on set was a bit tense, “no one had a good time.”

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Daniel Radcliffe in "Harry Potter And The Half-Blood Prince"

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Harry Potter might be something that none of us will ever grow out of. But Daniel Radcliffe, on the other hand, is glad to be grown out of his leading role in this sequel. He stated in an interview “It's hard to watch a film like that, because I’m just not very good in it. I hate it.”

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Ryan Reynolds in "Green Lantern"

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Although we all have it cemented in our brains that Ryan can do no wrong, he sees things a little differently. "I represented the death of the superhero for a while," he admitted in a 2016 interview with Variety.

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Blake Lively in "Gossip Girl"

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Even though we all got sucked into the juicy, rich, privileged-people drama that Gossip Girl stood for, our guilty pleasure wasn't Blake's. She stated in an interview with Allure that she felt it was "personally compromising" at times. "It's a weird thing when people feel like they know you really well, and they don't," Lively said. "I would not be proud to be the person who gave someone the cocaine that made them overdose and then shot someone and slept with someone else's boyfriend," she added.

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Natalie Portman in "Hotel Chevalier"

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Throughout Natalie's acting career, she has managed to remain poised, elegant, and highly respected. Her nude scene in Hotel Chevalier was receiving a bit too much praise from critics for her liking, though. “It depressed me that half of every review was about the nudity,” she said in an interview with WENN. She since has sworn off nude scenes.

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Adam Brody in "The O.C"

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It's not so much that Adam Brody regretted his role, but he definitely doesn't miss his character, Seth. He told Huffington Post "It gets boring, that's all. The only way it bothers me — it's not that I'm not proud of it — it's that I've exhausted the conversations about it, in my mind," and then added, "Forgive me for comparing myself in any way, and I'm not, but Harrison Ford — I understand why he would be crotchety talking about Star Wars."

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Shia LaBeouf in "Indiana Jones"

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Shia was admittedly disappointed with his performance in Indiana Jones. He told LA Times, "I feel like I dropped the ball on the legacy that people loved and cherished." He then added, "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."

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Channing Tatum in "G.I. Joe: Rise of Cobra"

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We love Channing Tatum, and we love how savagely honest he was about his thoughts on G.I. Joe: Rise of Cobra. In an interview on Howard Stern's Radio Show, he told the host, "I'll be honest. I f███ing hate that movie. I was pushed into doing it. The script wasn’t any good. And I didn’t want to do something that — that I was a fan of since I was a kid and watched every morning growing up — and didn't want to do something that was 1) bad, and 2) I just didn’t know if I wanted to be G.I. Joe."

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Shailene Woodley in "The Secret Life of the American Teenager"

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Since her career took off after The Secret Life of the American Teenager, Shailene has gone on to do much bigger, and better things, and for that, all of us are thankful.

But in the end, the show that was meant to send a positive and morally directive message to viewers, which wasn't so well-received. "Towards the end, morally, the things that we were preaching on that show weren’t aligned with my own integrity," she told Flaunt, "So that was a bit hard to show up to work every day knowing that we were going to project all of these themes to thousands, millions, of young adults across the country, when in fact they weren’t what I would like to be sending out."

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Michelle Pfeiffer in "Grease 2"

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Although the movie Grease was an absolute beloved staple in musical and film history, Grease 2 was a bit of a train-wreck. Understandably, Michelle has some regrets about starring in it. She said in an interview, “I hated that film with a vengeance and could not believe how bad it was,” and then added, “At the time, I was young and didn't know any better.”

It's OK Michelle, we forgive you, and we think you definitely redeemed yourself in Hairspray.

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Ben Affleck in "Daredevil"

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Ben Affleck normally nails his leading roles, and has been able to seamlessly transition from role to role, genre to genre, without even so much as a hiccup. But he wasn't happy with his performance or the movie itself, Daredevil. “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,” he said during a TimesTalk interview.

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