12 Celebrities Who Have Publicly Dissed Their Own Projects

6. Robert Pattinson

Robert Pattinson The Weinstein Company's Goldem Globe Party January 13 2013 Beverly Hills California(Photo: FayesVision/WENN)

This is a classic example of an actor totally disrespecting something that gave him an incredible career boost. R.Pattz has been expressing his hate for Twilight since back when he was still doing press for the franchise, and he’s even criticized the fans, which is a huge no-no. You can watch a supercut of his disses here, but here’s a sample:

“He tells her he killed forty or fifty people and he’s like, ‘You really shouldn’t [be with me]…and I want to kill you so much every single day, every moment I’m with you I’m desperately wanting to kill you.” And she’s like, “I don’t care, I love you.” And it’s like…there’s definitely something wrong with her, and there’s very obviously something wrong with me.”

7. Angus T. Jones

Angus T Jones Camp Ronald McDonald Universal City California October 21 2012(Photo: WENN)

This was a weird one. Angus played the half a man on Two and a Half Men for several years, then quit after finding God and urging people not to watch the show.

“If you watch Two and a Half Men, please stop watching Two and a Half Men. I’m on Two and a Half Men and I don’t want to be on it. Please stop watching it and filling your head with filth.”

8. James Franco

James Franco Premiere of Homefront November 21 2013 Las Vegas NV(Photo: Apega/WENN)

James Franco has criticized more than one project from his past, but his comments about Annapolis actually prompted the film’s director to say he was hurt by it. Here’s what James told Badass Digest:

“There was a point when I was doing a really bad movie called Annapolis … I ended up not liking the experience and not liking the movie.”

9. Penn Badgley

Penn Badgley Esquire's 80th Anniversary And Network Launch September 17 2013 New York City NY(Photo: C. Smith/WENN)

Penn pulled a typical Lonely Boy move during an interview with Salon about his Jeff Buckley biopic by implying that he wasn’t proud of his work on Gossip Girl, aka the show that made him famous:

“To be proud of something is a really nice feeling. And it’s a new feeling, and it’s something that I wanna keep going with. I can walk a little taller feeling that I don’t have to be constantly apologizing for the work that I’ve done in the past.”

10. Shannen Doherty

Shannen Doherty Jennie Garth's 40th Birthday Celebration April 19 2013 West Hollywood California(Photo: WENN)

Shannen Doherty left the WB series Charmed in 2001, and she later complained to Movieline magazine about how the show didn’t allow her amazing talent to shine through because of its juvenile quality:

“On ‘Charmed’ there were a couple of moments when I gave the most brutally honest performance I ever could have given as an actor. What you saw came from my gut. And when I looked at those moments on the show I knew that they weren’t being given their proper due, because they were on ‘Charmed.’ It’s a show for 12 year olds!”

11. George Clooney

George Clooney BAFTA Los Angeles November 10 2013 California(Photo: Brian To/WENN)

George Clooney’s role as Batman in Batman & Robin got terrible reviews and his bat nipples were a source of ridicule. Based on George’s comments later to Totalfilm, he agrees

“With hindsight, it’s easy to look back at this and go, ‘Woah, that was really ****, and I was really bad in it!”

12. Mark Wahlberg

Mark Wahlberg Screening of Lone Survivor December 4 2013 New York City NY (Photo: Dan Jackman/WENN)

I think most people would agree that The Happening was the movie where M. Night Shyamalan officially jumped the shark. The movie’s star Mark Wahlberg wasn’t afraid to admit his own aversion to the movie during a press conference a few years ago. He tried to keep the title a secret but finally gave up:

“I don’t want to tell you what movie…all right, The Happening. F— it. It is what it is. F—ing trees, man. The plants. F— it. You can’t blame me for not wanting to try to play a science teacher. At least I wasn’t playing a cop or a crook.”

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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?