15 Times actors savagely insulted the movies they starred in
The prospect of fame, money, and recognition can mean a lot when you're an up-and-coming actor. If you don't have the fortune of getting the best roles in the business, you might end up starring in a few clunkers here and there. But once you've made it big, you've earned permission to lay into the debacles that are some films. These celebrities not only dissed their own movies, but savagely took them down in the process.
1. Channing Tatum - GI Joe: Rise of Cobra
Speaking on The Howard Stern Show, Channing Tatum got brutally honest about the first live-action G.I. Joe movie:
"I'll be honest. I f**king hate that film. I was pushed into doing it. The script wasn't any good. And I didn't want to do something 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 GI Joe."
2. Lindsay Lohan - I Know Who Killed Me
A fan once tweeted at the actress "I seriously watched I Know Who Killed Me twice last night". Clearly not a fan of the critically-panned psychological thriller she starred in, Lohan responded: "Two times to many".
3. Paul Newman - The Silver Chalice
Despite the fact it was only his acting debut, Newman found the film embarrassing, calling it "the worst motion picture produced during the 1950s".
When a TV station was scheduled to play for several nights in 1963, he spent $1200 on ads in local newspapers that read: "Paul Newman apologizes every night this week - Channel 9". Unfortunately for him this just drove the viewing figures up.
4. Brad Pitt - The Devil's Own
In an interview with Newsweek in 1997, Pitt slammed the thriller, which many derided for its ignorance of the history of Northern Ireland. Pitt called it "the most irresponsible bit of filmmaking, if you can even call it that, that I've ever seen".
5. Arnold Schwarzenegger - Red Sonja
"It's the worst film I have ever made," the Austrian actor said, "When my kids get out of line, they're sent to their rooms and forced to watch Red Sonja 10 times. I never had too much trouble with them."
6. Kelly Clarkson - From Justin To Kelly
When she was asked whether she had burned all the copies of the film yet, Clarkson explained how much she hated the film:
"No, I think I would have to own it first. But that is something I will look into. I have a little joke with our nanny, because she told me she loves that film. She was like, 'My roommate and I used to watch it all the time! I'm totally going to show your daughter From Justin to Kelly'. I'm like, 'I will fire you'."
7. Halle Berry - Catwoman
Often referred to as one of the worst superhero movies ever made, Catwoman earned Berry a worst actress nomination at the Razzies in 2003. She actually turned up to accept the award, where she said: "I want to thank Warner Bros. for casting me in this piece-of-sh*t, godawful film."
8. George Clooney - Batman & Robin
Opening up about the infamously badly-received Batman movie, the actor said that "It was a difficult film to be good in. With hindsight, it's easy to look back at this and go 'Whoa, that was really sh*t, and I was really bad in it."
9. Bob Hoskins - Super Mario Bros.
This interview with the British actor, who unfortunately starred in the atrocious adaptation of the video game, is a classic that will be remembered for a long time:
"Q: What's the Worst Job You've Done?
A: Super Mario Bros.
Q: What has Been Your Biggest Disappointment?
A: Super Mario Bros.
Q: If You Could Edit Your Past, What Would You Change?
A: I wouldn't do Super Mario Bros."
10. Mark Wahlberg - The Happening
The Happening, in which people struggle to survive a plant-based plague that causes the infected to commit suicide, doesn't exactly have a lot of fans. In fact, not even its star liked it. At a later date Wahlberg revealed his true feelings on the movie:
"I was such a huge fan of Amy Adams. We'd actually talked about another film, and it was a bad film that I did. She dodged the bullet. I don't want to tell you what film. All right, The Happening. F**k it. F**king trees, man. The plants. F**k it."
11. Jamie Lee Curtis - Virus
The actress said she deeply regretted making what she called a "piece of sh*t movie", and said that it was "unbelievably bad movie; just bad from the bottom".
12. John Travolta - Battlefield Earth
Travolta, a longtime Scientologist, tried for years to get this sci-fi epic (written by the founder of the religion) onto the big screen, but it didn't go down so well. In an open letter to The New York Times he wrote:
"Let me start by apologizing to anyone who went to see Battlefield Earth. It wasn’t as I intended — promise. No one sets out to make a train wreck. Actually, comparing it to a train wreck isn’t really fair to train wrecks, because people actually want to watch those."
13. Michelle Pfeiffer - Grease 2
A sequel to the musical classic was never a particularly good idea, but the result didn't impress Pfeiffer, who found her first starring role in the production. She later said, "I hated that film with a vengeance and could not believe how bad it was."
14. Sylvester Stallone - Stop! Or My Mom Will Shoot
Stallone has had plenty of bad movies in his time in Hollywood, and as time has passed he's owned up to some of the mistakes. Talking about this ill-advised buddy cop romp, he told GQ it was "maybe one of the worst films in the entire solar system, including alien productions we've never seen."
15. Robert Pattinson - The Twilight Series
The actor who was adored by millions for his portrayal of Edward Cullen is infamously not a fan of the vampire romance, to the point that there is a blog dedicated to times he criticised it. He called the author of the book "mad" and said that "when I read it, it seems like a book that wasn't supposed to be published. It doesn't make any sense".
Speaking of his own character, he said: "If Edward wasn't a fictional character and you met him in reality, he is like one of those guys who would probably be an axe murderer or something."
It's pretty satisfying to see actors and actresses verbally destroy the worst of their filmography, once the promotional tours are done and they can speak truthfully without risking their careers. It's still not the best idea to trash talk your work in the industry, so you know when they do they must truly hate it.
If you're looking for more on Hollywood's biggest mistakes, check out this list of movies that got history embarrassingly wrong.