#Movies & TV
20 Movie Stars Who Hate Their Most Popular Roles
by Jennifer Lafferty
It seems everyone is a huge fan of these characters, except the stars who played them.
Robert Pattinson is upfront about his dislike of the Twilight franchise, especially his own character, sexy vampire Edward Cullen, who made him a star. Pattinson has even been quoted making fun of the role, saying: “He’s a 108 year-old virgin, so he’s obviously got some issues there.”
Kate Winslet has talked plenty of smack about her career-making film Titanic, even picking on the iconic theme song. When Winslet was interviewed about the 3D release in 2012, she was more critical of her performance than her role, saying: “Every single scene, I’m like ‘Really, really? You did it like that? Oh, my God,'” adding, “Even my American accent, I can’t listen to it. It’s awful.”
There are many differences between the family-oriented, down-to-earth Blake Lively, and her breakthrough Gossip Girl role of Serena, which she said was “personally compromising,” explaining: “I would not be proud to be the person, who gave someone the cocaine that made them overdose and then shot someone and slept with someone else’s boyfriend.”
Daniel Craig has been critical of his most famous character, James Bond, calling him “a misogynist.” He’s not the only 007 to have a problem with the character. Actor Sean Connery once said he’d like to kill Bond. Craig joked he’d rather kill himself than play Bond in the next film.
While Megan Fox credits her role in Transformers for helping her career and would be willing to return to the franchise, she bluntly told Entertainment Weekly: “I don’t want to blow smoke up people’s ass. People are well aware that this is not a movie about acting.”
Allison Williams clashes with her Girls character Marnie, telling BuzzFeed: “Marnie would drive me crazy if we were friends in real life.” Allison is especially critical of Marnie’s love life, revealing that she struggled most with the character’s decision to sleep with artist Booth Jonathan (Jorma Taccone), in Season 2.
When James Cameron showed Leonardo DiCaprio 18 minutes of the 3D version of Titanic, about 15 years after the original blockbuster premiered, Leo was just as embarrassed by his performance, as co-star Kate Winslet was by hers. According to Inquisitr, James Cameron remembered the actor saying, “I’m such a young punk. Look at me.”
It’s no secret that actor Jamie Dornan is not a big fan of his controversial erotic film Fifty Shades of Grey or his character Christian Grey. Beyond his discomfort at playing the dominant, it’s made him a little paranoid, saying: “I fear I’ll get murdered, like John Lennon, by one of those mad fans at the premiere. Because a lot of people are very angry that I’m playing this character.”
Jessica Alba had such a bad experience playing Invisible Woman/Susan Storm in Fantastic 4: Rise of the Silver Surfer, she wanted to quit acting and had serious doubts about her abilities. She told Elle about a frustrating day when the director wanted her to “cry pretty” during her death scene, leading her to wonder: “Am I not good enough? Am I not allowed to be a person in my work?”
Tobey Maguire became famous playing Spider-Man but following the disastrous third installment, filmmakers wanted to take the fourth movie in a different direction, having Peter Parker return to high school, which is thought to be what prompted Tobey to suddenly quit the franchise. He may have still looked like a high schooler, but the actor was already a married man with kids.
Katherine Heigl’s role as Alison in Knocked Up helped her to transition from TV to feature film, but the actress has repeatedly criticized the character, telling Howard Stern: “She was so judgmental and kind of uptight and controlling…” But she ultimately blamed herself, adding, “I was like, why is that where I went with this? What an a–hole she is!”
George Clooney thought his version of Batman in 1997’s Batman & Robin was so bad, he blamed it for ruining the film series. He said: “I think since Batman that I’ve been disinvited from Comic-Con for 20 years.” When he finally attended Comic-Con in 2014, after the Batman franchise had recovered from his performance, the actor personally apologized to the original Caped Crusader, Adam West.
Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull was a massive international hit but it didn’t live up to Shia LaBeouf’s standards. In addition to blaming iconic director Steven Spielberg, Shia also criticized his own performance as Mutt Williams, telling the Los Angeles Times, “The actor’s job is to make it come alive and make it work, and I couldn’t do it.”
Playing Mary Jane Watson opposite Tobey Maguire in the Spider-Man film franchise was a huge career boost for Kirsten Dunst, but just like the average moviegoer, Dunst did not care for Spider-Man 3. Besides the obvious flaws with the film, Dunst reportedly was not in the mood to do another superhero pic.
Shailene Woodley is best known for the Divergent film franchise but her big break was on TV’s The Secret Life of the American Teenager. Woodley didn’t like it when the show started to change, and disagreed with certain messages the series was sending out, telling Flaunt: “The things that we were preaching on that show weren’t really aligned with my own integrity.”
Portraying Alice in Twilight opened a lot of doors for Ashley Greene, but in 2011, she was hung up on the negative aspects of fame and frustrated at having to play a teenager, telling Glamour: “It is difficult because people look at you as that character.” Adding, “I want to play a role of a 24-year-old woman, not 17-year-old girls.”
Playing a superhero comes with a lot of pressure, and even though Christian Bale was well received as Batman, he was disappointed in his performance, telling Yahoo: “I didn’t quite manage what I hoped I would throughout the trilogy.” Adding, “Chris [Nolan] did, but my own sense of self is like, ‘I didn’t quite nail it.'”
Emily Ratajkowski (Gone Girl) is among the few actresses who can say a music video made her famous. Ratajkowski was nude in Robin Thicke’s Blurred Lines, but she wasn’t too thrilled about it, telling InStyle UK “I wasn’t into the idea [of the music video] at all at first.” Adding, “I think I came off as a bit annoyed in the video.”
Considering how enormously successful the Twilight Saga was, it’s a little surprising that Robert Pattinson and other stars of the franchise complain about their characters, including Kristen Stewart, who seemed to hint that Bella was “facilitated by all of the male characters,” in an interview about playing Snow White.
Miley Cyrus has gone to shocking lengths to make us forget about Hannah Montana. Playing the character actually led to some identity issues. Miley explained: “I was made to look like someone that I wasn’t, which probably caused some body dysmorphia, because I had been made pretty every day for so long, and then when I wasn’t on that show, it was like, ‘Who the f—k am I?'”