#1. Carrie Fisher
When it comes to her role as “Princess Leia” in George Lucas’s 1977 uber-blockbuster Star Wars Trilogy, Carrie Fisher puts it frankly in her memoir/one-woman show Wishful Drinking: “George Lucas ruined my life. And I mean that in the nicest possible way… George is a visionary. He has transported audiences the world over, and he’s provided Mark [Hamill] and Harrison [Ford] and myself with enough fanmail – and even a small merry band of stalkers – to keep us entertained for the rest of our unnatural lives.”
Fisher hated the fact that Lucas sold merchandise with her face on it – from dolls, to shampoo to Pez dispensers – and effectively turned her into a sex symbol. She hated the iconic Leia braids, which she felt made her face look too round. But most of all, Fisher hated the metal bikini from Return of the Jedi, which she felt over-sexualized her: “When I laid down, the metal bikini stayed up… So Boba Fett could see all the way to Florida.”
#2. Angus T. Jones
You know who makes $350,000 for a week’s worth of work that gets condensed into a 22-minute show? Angus T. Jones. He’s the guy who plays Jake on CBS’s “Two and a Half Men.”
Recently, he had a religious epiphany and decided to renounce the television show that has made him rich and famous since he started working on it almost ten years ago. He says of working on the show, “I’m on ‘Two and a Half Men,’ and I don’t want to be on it.” Going beyond saying he doesn’t want to be a part of the show, he implores people to “stop watching it. Please stop filling your head with filth. Please.”
He says all this in a video released by Forerunner Christian Church to YouTube, remarking that television in general, not just his own show, “is bad news”. He refers to the medium as “deceptive” calling it “the enemy”. He does all this in the context of an interview about his new found faith, but the kid seems to legitimately want to remove himself from the industry all together. And if he didn’t intend to do it before, he’s probably a short-timer in the wake of this video. You know, until he claims to have been brainwashed and goes to rehab.He says all this in a video released by Forerunner Christian Church to YouTube, remarking that television in general, not just his own show, “is bad news.” He refers to the medium as “deceptive” calling it “the enemy.” He does all this in the context of an interview about his new found faith, but the kid seems to legitimately want to remove himself from the industry all together. And if he didn’t intend to do it before, he’s probably a short-timer in the wake of this video. You know, until he claims to have been brainwashed and goes to rehab.
#3. Alec Guinness
The Star Wars curse continues!!!
While Alec Guinness’s career was in no way made by his portrayal of Obi-Wan Kenobi in Star Wars (he previously starred in many other major films including Lawrence of Arabia, Great Expectations, Doctor Zhivago and The Bridge on the River Kwai), I’m including him on this list because Obi-Wan was an iconic role that re-popularized Guinness to a new generation of film-goers.
As the story goes, the classically-trained Guinness immediately regretted taking the role of Kenobi because he felt that the film’s dialogue was stilted and poorly written. In fact, he hated the character so much that he was the first in line to kill off Kenobi at the end of the first film.
As the success of Star Wars grew, so did Guinness’s animosity towards the project. In his autobiography, “A Positively Final Appearance: A Journal,” Guinness tells an anecdote about one time when a young boy approached him for an autograph. The kid told Guinness that he was a huge fan of Star Wars and had watched Episode IV: A New Hope over one hundred times. Guinness agreed to give him an autograph, but only under the condition that he never watch the film again!
Obi-Wan Kenobi? More like, Obi-Wan Ke-No-Like-His-Roley.
Okay, that was pretty corny. I apologize.
#4. Kate Winslet
Having made over $2 billion worldwide (and over $650 million domestic), James Cameron’s 1997 film Titanic is the second biggest blockbuster of all time (behind only Avatar). So why does the film’s star, Kate Winslet, hate having portrayed the character of Rose?
Upon watching the film, Winslet had this to say about her performance: “Every single scene, I’m like ‘Really, really? You did it like that? Oh my God… Even my American accent, I can’t listen to it. It’s awful. Hopefully it’s so much better now. It sounds terribly self indulgent but actors do tend to be very self-critical. I have a hard time watching any of my performances, but watching Titanic I was just like, ‘Oh God, I want to do that again.’”
But Winslet’s performance wasn’t the only thing she hated about the project. In an interview with MTV, she revealed that the film’s theme song, Celine Dion’s “My Heart Will Go On,” is a constant source of annoyance for her that haunts her wherever she goes: “I did a talk show recently in Italy and they actually had a live pianist who started gently playing the theme song. I was not even gently, rather severely, urged to go and sing it as though I had in fact sung it myself in the first place. It was like, ‘No! I’m not going to do that.’ They’re like, ‘Oh no, come on it will be funny.’ No, it won’t be funny. At all. And I’m not going to.”
#5. Christian Bale
No, no… Christian Bale doesn’t hate his portrayal of the chainsaw-wielding, embossed business-card distributing mass murderer, Patrick Bateman, in American Psycho.
Nor is he displeased with his performance in Christopher Nolan’s epic Batman trilogy (although George Clooney wasn’t too happy with his nipple-enhanced iteration of the Dark Knight in 1997’s Batman and Robin).
But he has openly spoken out about his distaste for participating in the much beloved 1992 cult-hit musical Newsies.
So why did Bale hate playing Jack “Cowboy” Kelly so much?
As the actor tells it, “At 17, you want to be taken very seriously… You don’t want to be doing a musical. Time healed those wounds. But it took a while.”
I don’t know what on Earth he was so embarrassed about…
#6. Jake Lloyd
This is the last one and boy, does he hate why he’s famous. This is probably the actor that resents not only what he’s known for, but his fame more than anybody else on this entire list.
At eight years old, child-actor Jake Lloyd bagged the role of a lifetime – he was cast to play Young Anakin Skywalker in George Lucas’s much anticipated Star Wars Prequel, Episode I: The Phantom Menace. Well, I think it’s safe to say, Star Wars fans weren’t the only ones who were disappointed by the way things turned out…
In an interview with The Telegraph from 2012, Lloyd talks about his reaction to seeing Episode I, “When you have something like that there’s a lot of expectations for it to meet the standards of the public and I don’t think George did that.” He goes on to further say that he took a lot of the heat from unsatisfied, angry fans… many of which were his classmates: “Other children were really mean to me… They would make the sound of the light saber every time they saw me. It was totally mad… My entire school life was really a living hell – and I had to do up to 60 interviews a day.”
Ultimately, the exposure gained for portraying Skywalker became too overwhelming for Lloyd, and he decided to quit acting altogether.
Poor guy. At least Ahmed Best, the actor who played Jar Jar Binks, got to hide his face behind a CGI character… but hopefully this will help settle the score!
#7. Megan Fox
When it comes to the Transformers franchise, there are certainly a lot of things wrong with Michael Bay’s non-sensical adolescent ‘splosion-filled action fest. And actress Megan Fox is the first to point them out. She absolutely hated working with director Michael Bay, and the two constantly feuded during production of the first two films.
When asked by Entertainment Weekly whether she would return to work on the third film, Dark of the Moon, Fox said, “Sure. I mean, I can’t sh-t on this movie because it did give me a career and open all these doors for me. But I don’t want to blow smoke up people’s ass. People are well aware that this is not a movie about acting. And once you realize that, it becomes almost fun because you can be in the moment and go, ‘All right, I know that when he calls Action! I’m either going to be running or screaming, or both.’”
In subsequent interviews, Fox told reporters that Bay’s treatment of her was demeaning and misogynistic. She claimed that he made her come over to his house to wash his Ferrari, and kept her on a strict skin-tanning regiment.
Fox hated woking with Bay so much that she even went so far as to liken him to Adolf Hitler. In an interview she did with Wonderland while on tour for Jennifer’s Body, Fox said that Bay tried to, “create this insane, infamous mad-man reputation. He wants to be like Hitler on his sets, and he is. So he’s a nightmare to work for.”
Now I’m not a huge fan of Michael Bay myself. But Hitler? Really?
#8. Mark Wahlberg
Long before he was Dirk Diggler, actor Mark Wahlberg went by another alliterative name… Marky Mark.
Feeling overshadowed by his brother Donnie’s success in the band New Kids on the Block, Mark created his own musical group, Marky Mark and the Funky Bunch, which burst onto the scene in 1991 with their debut album “Music for the People,” and hit single “Good Vibrations.”
Remember that one? Mark Wahlberg sure hopes you don’t!
The band lasted for two years before Wahlberg dissolved it in 1993 so that he could pursue an acting career. And looking back, he’s incredibly embarrassed about his days as a pop star: “I thought I was so cool back then, but when I see the footage, I was such an ass.”
#9. Crispin Glover
Although the character of Marty McFly’s nerdy father, George, in Robert Zemeckis’s Back to the Future trilogy is loved by many, it is evidently not loved by the actor who portrayed him, Crispin Glover.
Apparently, Glover was not happy with the first film’s ending, which depicted an alternate future where the McFly family is rich and Marty is rewarded with a brand new truck. In an interview with The A.V. Club, Glover explains, “I had a conversation with Robert Zemeckis about it and I said, ‘I think if the characters have money [in the updated timeline at the end of the film], if our characters are rich, it’s a bad message. That reward should not be in there.’ People love the movie, and of course who am I to say—I was 20 years old, though. And again, I was stepping into it from a time period of questioning. But Robert Zemeckis got really angry. Essentially, he did not like that idea. He was pissed.”
Glover went on to say, “It’s not that I dislike the entire film. There are things about the structure that are very solid, and there’s good writing behind it. But I still would argue all the things that people love about the film would still be there, and I think there would be a better message if, instead of the son character pumping his fist in the air or whatever, jumping up in the air because he has a new truck [in the new timeline], if instead the reward was that the mother and father characters are in love with each other. And that there’s the potential that money comes in. I think [equating their new riches with moral success] is a bad message. And this is aligned to those things in film that I’m saying serve the interests of a corporate element.”
Glover did not return to reprise his role in Back to the Future II, and when producers instead opted to use another actor (made up to look like Glover with prosthetic make-up) in conjunction with cutting-room footage from the first film, Glover became incensed. He filed a lawsuit against Universal and the film’s producer Bob Gale, and eventually settled out of court.
#10. Thomas F. Wilson
And speaking of Back to the Future…
I’m not sure if Thomas F. Wilson, the actor who played perpetual butthead and manure-hater Biff Tannen, actually hated his role in the series per-se… but one’s thing for sure, he did get approached by many many fans asking him the same inane questions over and over again, probably while he was out in public trying to finish dinner in peace. To save time and discourage these types of conversations, Wilson now presents those who approach him with pre-printed FAQ cards to answer all their boring questions! Check out the full text here. It’s actually very informative.
Now a comedian and musician, Wilson performs a song that addresses some of the same questions answered in the card as well as a few others one might ask a relatively famous person who works with other famous people.