The star-studded Hollywood firmament is not always a bed of roses. Sometimes, even the most acclaimed actors look back on their previous roles with disdain. Here, we delve into ten noteworthy instances of famous actors regretting their parts in widely recognized films.
Of Nostalgia and Regrets
Sylvester Stallone, an undisputed icon in Hollywood, is eternally remembered for his portrayal of Rocky Balboa and John Rambo. However, Stallone would rather the world forget his role in the 1992 buddy cop comedy, "Stop!
Or My Mom Will Shoot." It's a career choice that fans and the actor himself deem better left in the past. Viola Davis, a performer respected for her impeccable skill and range, expressed dissatisfaction with her Oscar-nominated role in "The Help" (2011).
Playing the housekeeper Aibileen Clark, Davis felt her character was unjustly silenced, an aspect she now regrets. Halle Berry, an Oscar winner herself, faced a bitter-sweet moment when she personally received the Golden Raspberry Award for her role in "Catwoman" (2004).
This "Razzie" is infamous for celebrating the worst film performances of the year, a recognition Berry managed to accept with grace, even thanking her manager during the proceedings.
Superhero Woes and Missteps
The famous "Batman" franchise saw George Clooney donning the superhero’s cape and mask in 1997's "Batman & Robin".
However, the actor later confessed his regret over joining the franchise, particularly lamenting his costume adorned with fake nip. Notoriously disappointing superhero films didn’t end there. Jessica Alba had a less than fantastic experience portraying the Invisible Woman in the 2005 "Fantastic Four" franchise.
Despite the general audience's love for superhero flicks, Alba found the role unfulfilling and the experience distasteful. "Green Lantern" (2011), another superhero film, left a sour taste in Ryan Reynolds' mouth. He loathed the movie to the extent of never completing his viewing, branding it a "disaster" and acknowledging the regret he felt at the premiere itself.
Some movies rake in billions at the box office, yet remain critical failures. "Transformers" (2007) is one such franchise. Despite its commercial success, lead actress Megan Fox disclosed her discontent with the film, stating, "everyone knows that acting is not important in these movies." She also admitted to finding the work environment unpleasant.
Notably, "Twilight" (2008) star Robert Pattinson admitted his aversion to his role in the franchise even before the release of the final movie. Unlike many of his peers who express their regrets years later, Pattinson was upfront about his disaffection, painting a vivid picture of regret within the Hollywood glitz and glamour.