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12 Celebrities Who Have Publicly Dissed Their Own Projects

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It often rubs me the wrong way when celebrities criticize projects they were voluntarily involved in. It’s unfortunately pretty common in Hollywood to witness A-list stars biting the hands that fed them. Even if a movie or TV show was critically panned or made fun of by the general public, it still A.) was a project they chose to take on, B.) probably made them a lot of money, C.) likely helped their career, and D.) required plenty of hard-working people behind-the-scenes. And it’s not usually just a critique of their own performance. On the contrary, it usually includes the suggestion that their talent is too good for such crap.

I think it’s different if the project involved questionable working conditions or abuse of power or something similarly serious. But most of the time it just seems to be a general lack of pride in the quality of something they’ve been involved in. Most people have had jobs they didn’t enjoy, but not everyone goes complaining to the press about it. These are just twelve of the many stars who’ve dissed their own projects. Some are definitely more ugh-worthy than others, but they all kind of leave a bad taste in my mouth.

1. Joe Jonas

Joe Jonas XBox One Launch November 21 2013 Los Angeles California(Photo: Daniel Tanner/WENN)

In a seemingly endless tell-all for New York Magazine published earlier this week, Joe complained about the Disney system. One of his complaints was that the Jonas Brothers’ sitcom just wasn’t high-brow enough:

“But the thing about the show was that some of the writing on it was terrible. It just ended up being some weird slapstick humor that only a 10-year-old would laugh at.”

2. Katherine Heigl

Katherine Heigl NYFW February 12 2013 NYC(Photo: Ivan Nikolov/WENN)

Katherine Heigl’s infamous for being difficult to work with on set, and she also criticized Knocked Up after the fact. She called the movie “sexist” to Vanity Fair, despite having read the script before she signed on to play the character and presumably accepting the paychecks for it:

“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 … Ninety-eight percent of the time it was an amazing experience, but it was hard for me to love the movie.”

3. Chevy Chase

Chevy Chase Michael Jordan Invitational Gala Las Vegas NV April 5 2013(Photo: DJDM)

Chevy Chase and Community creator Dan Harmon had a pretty public feud going for a while there. It eventually led to him leaving the show for good, but not before he made it very clear how much he hated it. One of his most infamous comments to HuffPo UK insulted the very art form he was working on.

“The hours are hideous, and it’s still a sitcom on television, which is probably the lowest form of television.”

4. Jim Carrey

Jim Carrey Promotes His New Book Los Angeles CA October 26 2013(Photo: Brian To/WENN)

Jim Carrey confused some people when he declared that he wouldn’t be promoting Kick-Ass 2 because after the Sandy Hook tragedy he couldn’t support a movie that depicted gun violence. Here’s part of what Jim said on Twitter.

“I did Kickass a month b4 Sandy Hook and now in all good conscience I cannot support that level of violence.”

5. Megan Fox

Megan Fox 70th Annual Golden Globes Beverly Hills California January 13 2013(Photo: Apega/WENN)

Megan Fox was fired from Transformers: Dark of the Moon after making some pretty inflammatory comments about Michael Bay’s directing style and appearing like she didn’t want to be involved, as Bay later revealed. What were those comments, you ask?

“He wants to be like Hitler on his sets, and he is. So he’s a nightmare to work for.”

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  • elle

    Yes I hate when celebs who are getting a ton of money/press and sometimes even their “big break” complain about their projects. Definitely comes across as very ungracious and ungrateful. I honestly have such a strong dislike for Rooney Mara because of the hate she throws her roles that she did before she started exclusively doing Oscar bait movies. Not one positive comment only complaints . And it totally burns me up for some really bizarre reason- especially because she is the last person who has to do projects if she doesn’t want them. And while George Clooney was throwing some hate I’m kind of torn on how terrible I find it because he acknowledged that while it wasn’t a super great film in general he wasn’t super great in it either. So I’m torn on how I feel about that one.

    • Sarahzot

      Dude, Rooney Mara is the WORST when it comes to complaining about her past roles. I’m suprised she didn’t make this list.

    • elle

      Yeah I was pretty surprised she wasn’t number one but maybe because she is a little more under the radar? Either way she definitely belongs on this list.

    • Jill O’Rourke

      It’s not meant to be a ranking, just a sampling of quotes. But after looking into what Rooney’s said I can see how she applies.

    • Jill O’Rourke

      Interesting. Rooney Mara isn’t really big on my radar so I wasn’t aware, but thanks for pointing that out.

  • http://twilightirruption.blogspot.com/ abbeysbooks

    Actually I love it that they diss their stupid roles. Pattinson’s disses are really at Scummit Summit mostly and the way they translated Meyer’s books to film. He and Kristen had different ideas for the film but $$$ won the day. An art film Twilight would not have made the same box office but it could have been beautiful. The last 2 were so painful I was embarrassed watching them. At least Slade had the smarts to turn Eclipse into Camp, thus reflecting backwards to see the first 2 as Camp and that alone makes the 3 of them midnight movie bait forever.

    To acknowledge the crap you did is relieving. We know it is crap and for them to go to the premiere, give interviews as if they have done something valuable is so hypocritical. I prefer their truth about their performances, or rather how they evaluate their own performances. Everybody already made their money so no one is hurt. I get sick of the good ol boys for hire directors who do the big films.

    • Gosia

      You are right in your each word.
      I don’t post now at all, my father is in hospital after neurological operation. I’ve fought I had not time before, now it sounds funny to me.
      Big hugs

    • http://twilightirruption.blogspot.com/ abbeysbooks

      Sorry. This must be so hard for you being the kind of person you are. No use in posting anymore. Party is over. Don’t go away forever.

  • MCR

    To give a more positive example, I admire Mandy Patinkin because he actually left a very lucrative lead role, in Criminal Minds, because he objected to the increasing level of sadistic violence on the show. Producers refused to consider changing this aspect of the plotlines. He was offered more money, which he turned down, and simply quit when his contract was up for renewal. Professional, yet standing his ground when he found himself at odds with the project he was involved with.

    Just out of curiosity, what would you advise actors to do when they find themselves in a film they consider inadequate in some way?

    • Jill O’Rourke

      For movies, it’s assumed that an actor has read the script
      and understands what kind of project they’re undertaking before they agree to
      it. So unless there are questionable working conditions or they’re expected to
      do something they didn’t agree to, I think they should follow through and be
      respectful of the finished product. For TV, since shows can go on for seasons
      and things can change, I think it’s possible to go out gracefully and respectfully.
      But I still think it’s unprofessional and disrespectful to badmouth a former
      job to the press, not to mention ungrateful if the job boosted their career. There
      are a lot of people who contribute to making a film or TV show what it is, and
      it’s not fair for one person who happens to have the most voice and influence
      to write it off as a failure or something to be ashamed of.

      Obviously this is just my opinion as a viewer and witness to
      these kinds of comments, and I’m in no position to be advising actors about
      anything.

    • MCR

      Thanks for replying. I’m still pondering this one.

    • http://twilightirruption.blogspot.com/ abbeysbooks

      What’s to ponder?

    • MCR

      The ethics of trashing a project you’ve agreed to appear in and support, as opposed to the ethics or lying or giving an insincere positive review to that project.

    • http://twilightirruption.blogspot.com/ abbeysbooks

      OK. That the ethics POV from the POV of the subject. The object in this case is the part of the film industry/corporation that is going to make the movie. They get the actor on the basis of a script that they know they are not going to keep intact. If the director is not specified or the actor does not demand to know, that is “let the buyer beware.” In this case the actor is “buying” the package she wishes to attach their image to. What about the “ethics of the object” and are they to be held accountable. In Scummit Summit’s case the ethics were so completely trashed the actors just gave up. Even Kristen in Breaking Dawn 2. She held out the longest. Every assertion has an inversion that is most often ignored. That is the fault of the Dominating Discourse that wishes to hide the inversion in order to contrast the opposites being faced off against each other. Good to learn this as it applies to the entertainment industry, but in the political arena it is deadly. Am reading something I think you might like: chapt 2 by Massumi http://historiesofviolence.com/wp-content/uploads/No-1-On-Violence.pdf

    • Gosia

      There was a reason that R Pattinson was a producer of Remember Me.

    • http://twilightirruption.blogspot.com/ abbeysbooks

      Well Jill you are a mainstream celebrity commentator even with your feisty attitude. Be good girls and boys and be polite as the bottom line. Rather than sincere? Truthful? Honest?

      ― Laurel Thatcher Ulrich, Well-Behaved Women Seldom Make History

      So there ya go! What a feminist you are gal! Did you not know this quote? What a nice little bourgeois girl you are. Nothing radical here.

      An actor chooses a film or TV show on limited information. Usually they are given a script to read and decide on. Some actors have say so over the director. Or they assert that control, demand it. Think Ryan Gosling.

      The ones you are criticizing never had any control once the director started interpreting the script, changing it, shooting it the way he wanted it TO BE SEEN. Rob Pattinson and Kristen Stewart wanted a very different Twilight. The first film was low budget indie by Summit who was on the edge of the abyss of bankruptcy. When the box office came in Summit became Scummit and took over and altho Chris Weitz took over from Hardwicke for New Moon, And Slade for Eclipse, the good ol boy Bill Condon did Breaking Dawn 1 and 2 and Condon is not known for his perceptive eye on anything except……well I won’t go there. Rob wanted Gus Van Zant for Breaking Dawn but was ignored and Van Zant was ignored. Scumit wanted a flashy presentation at the directors’s audition and Van Zant just came with credentials of former films that have his singular stamp on them.

      So you accept a pay scale and a film based on a script that can be changed, torn up, trashed, whatever by the director, the editors of the film, and the producers. Why Cormac McCarthy keeps control over the script for his movies and The Counselor has McCarthy’s vision all over it. Irving learned the hard way and did the script for Cider House Rules and look how wonderful that turned out for him.

      You superficially make these comments that haven’t been thought through. Your comments to commentors are quippy, funny, sophomoric, but they are great compared to the rest of these blogs and sites. You know how to handle disruptive people and that is rare online. But quippy and funny as wisecracks and zappers have little to do with intelligent comments like you just didn’t make in your post.

  • MCR

    I’m thinking of an alternate approach, if the movie turns out truly awful. I wonder if an actor in a lead role has ever done an Alan Smithee?