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
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’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 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 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 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.”