12 Actors who absolutely hate the characters that they are famous for
When you're an up-and-coming actor in the movie business, there's as much luck to getting the right part as there is talent involved. So when you eventually get the chance to work with a prestigious director, or be the hero in the latest superhero blockbuster, you're bound to say yes. After all, this is going to make the rest of your career go a lot more smoothly.
Once they are done with the role and the endless rounds of press interviews are finished, they can open up about what they really feel about the character they played. A lot of the time their reactions aren't too complimentary, and other times they can get downright savage about the role in retrospect.
1. Robert Pattinson - Twilight
The man behind sullen vampire Edward Cullen is the master of criticising his own work, to the point that there's an entire Tumblr blog dedicated to the times he dissed the series. Pattinson, who referred to his technique as looking "slightly constipated and stoned," said of the character:
"He's the most ridiculous person... the more I read the script, the more I hated this guy," he remarked, "Plus he's a 108-year-old virgin so he's obviously got some issues there".
2. Kate Winslet - Titanic
While the actress is still a big fan of the movie, she can't stand herself in it. Speaking to The Telegraph, she said: "Every single scene, I'm like 'Really, really? You did it like that? Oh my God... Even my American accent, I can't listen to it. It's awful."
3. Christopher Plummer - The Sound of Music
Despite the movie being a beloved classic for many, the actor has said it is "awful and sentimental and gooey" and has referred to it as "The Sound of Mucus". He has a particular issue with his character, Captain von Trap, who he thinks is a bore. Plummer said that trying to make such a "humourless" character interesting was "like flogging a dead horse".
4. Jim Carrey - Kick-Ass 2
Carrey took issue with the character after he was reminded of the real-life consequence of violence on communities, especially after the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting in 2012. He tweeted: "I did Kick-Ass a month before Sandy Hook and now in all good conscience I cannot support that level of violence".
5. Katherine Heigl - Knocked Up
Heigl said that she still mostly enjoyed the experience of making the hit comedy, but had an issue with its portrayal of women. Speaking to Vanity Fair, she said:
"It was a little sexist. It paints the women as shrews, as humourless and uptight. I had a hard time with it, on some days. I'm playing such a b*tch; why is she being such a killjoy? Why is this how you're portraying women? 98 percent of the time it was an amazing experience, but it was hard for me to love the film".
6. Shia LaBeouf - Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull
Not many fans were happy with the way the fourth Indiana Jones movie turned out, but even Shia LaBeouf wasn't satisfied with his appearance as the hero's son. Speaking to the LA Times, he said:
"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."
7. Sally Field - The Amazing Spider-Man 2
Talking to Howard Stern about playing Aunt May in the superhero sequel (to a reboot), Field said: "It's really hard to find a three-dimensional character in it, and you work it as much as you can, but you can't put ten pounds of sh*t in a five-pound bag".
8. Zac Efron - High School Musical
This series seems to have as many detractors as fans by now, but the films' lead actor is firmly among the former. "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**king kid from High School Musical".
9. Jamie Dornan - 50 Shades of Grey
"He's not the sort of bloke I'd get along with," Dornan said of Christian Grey, "All my mates are easygoing and quick to laugh — I wouldn't imagine myself sat in a pub with him."
10. Marlon Brando - A Streetcar Named Desire
Brando hated that the complicated, violent Stan ended up being a sex symbol to many. He later said that the character "had the kind of brutal aggressiveness that I hate".
11. Andrew Lincoln - Love Actually
"In one of the most romantic movies of all time, I got to play the only guy who doesn't get the girl," he said long after the film's release, "The story is set up like a prism looking at all the different qualities of love. Mine was unrequited. So I got to be this weird stalker guy".
"My big scene in the doorway felt so easy. I just had to hold cards and be in love with Keira Knightley [...] But I kept saying to Richard [the director], 'Are you sure I'm not going to come off as a creepy stalker?'".
12. Sean Connery - James Bond
Connery actually quit the role several times before his final departure from the series, always being tempted back by a bigger paycheck. In 2004 he told the Guardian: "I have always hated that damned James Bond. I'd like to kill him".
If you ever look back on regrets you have about your past, just remember - at least it's not displayed on television screens for the world to see. There's not much getting away from that.