I Done Effed Up: Celebs Who Bashed Their Own Projects
The check may have looked nice at the time but after further thought, and maybe a few bad reviews, these celebrities had a change of heart and turned on their very own projects. Here are 15 actors who bashed their own work.
LL Cool J
LL Cool J got his start as the hardcore lip-licking rapper back in the 80’s but after conquering the music industry, the Queens native set his sights on Hollywood. Determined to be the next action hero, LL, real name Todd Smith, signed up to star in the 2002 movie Rollerball. A remake of the original sci-fi action flick, Rollerball co-starred Chris Klein and Rebecca Romijn but the movie still bombed at the box office. Ranked as one of the worst films of all time, the movie cost over $70 million to make but only grossed $26 million worldwide. Despite his best efforts to keep the truth to himself, LL let the cat out of the bag the following year in an interview with Conan O’Brien. “Rollerball sucked, Conan!” he exclaimed to the delight of the host and the audience.
Shia LaBeouf just can’t seem to stay out of trouble. The former child actor achieved international stardom after starring in the blockbuster film franchise Transformers. While the first one was a mega-hit, the franchise took a slight dip in numbers with the 2009 follow-up Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen. Never one to bite his lip, LaBeouf was the first one to be vocal about the film. “There were some really wild stunts in it but the heart was gone,” LaBeouf said of the film. “When I saw the second movie, I wasn’t impressed with what we did.” The 27-year-old recently made headlines for trying to capture some unwanted footage of two women in London throwing up on the street after exiting a bar. A passerby saw what was going on and roughed up the Hollywood star, punching him in the face and kicking him in the groin.
Kick-A$$ was a 2010 sleeper hit. After grossing almost $100 million worldwide, a sequel was quickly in the works. This time funnyman Jim Carrey joined the cast but before Kick-A$$ 2 could hit the theaters, the In Living Color alum withdrew his support for the film, citing the recent mass shooting of 20 Connecticut schoolchildren as the cause of his sudden change of heart. “I did Kick-A$$ a month before Sandy Hook and now in all good conscience I cannot support that level of violence. My apologies to others involved with the film. I am not ashamed of it but recent events have caused a change in my heart.” The sequel only managed to scrounge up $13.6 million during opening weekend.
Chicago rapper Lupe Fiasco dropped his debut album Food & Liquor to much fanfare in 2006. Receiving both love in the streets and critical acclaim, Lupe’s conscious lyrics, intricate wordplay and laidback flow helped him earn fans all over. While recording a new album, Lupe fought behind the scenes with his record label, which was pushing for a more commercial sound. Eager to hear more from their favorite artist, many Lupe fans took to the streets to protest the delay. After an internal battle with the label, Lasers was released in 2011 and Lupe wasted no time bashing his own work. “One thing I try to stress about this project is, I love and hate this album. I listen to it and I’ll like some of the songs. But when I think about what it took to actually get the record together and everything that I went through on this record—which is something I can’t separate—I hate this album. A lot of the songs that are on the album, I’m kinda neutral to. Not that I don’t like them, or that I hate them, it’s just I know the process that went behind it.”
For a while it seemed as if Hollywood bachelor George Clooney could do no wrong. Then he decided to take on the iconic comic hero role of Batman in 1997’s Batman and Robin. The film pulled in over $40 million at the box office during opening weekend but bad reviews and negative criticism from comic book fans helped to tank the film. The television-turned-movie star was set to reprise the role in another sequel but vowed to never don the Batman mask ever again once he realized the movie would go on to bomb. “It was a difficult film to be in. In hindsight it’s easy to go back and go ‘Whoa, that was really Sh!t and I was really bad in it.’ ”
Comic book fans may have flocked to the theaters to see Halle Berry slink around the big screen in a skintight leather catsuit but critics and audience members across the country were vocal about their distaste of Catwoman. Originally the love-interest of Batman, Berry was asked to wear the leather for the 2004 film. The movie was so awful, even Berry herself joined in on the movie-bashing. Catwoman picked up seven Razzie Award nominations and during her acceptance speech for winning Worst Actress, Berry was grateful to the studio executives for making it all possible: “First of all, I want to thank Warner Brothers. Thank you for putting me in a piece of sh!t, god-awful movie… It was just what my career needed.”
Jamie Lee Curtis
Jamie Lee Curtis made her film debut over 30 years ago in the scary movie Halloween. After a storied career in Hollywood and a successful series of children’s books, there are few missteps on the 54-year-old woman’s resume — except for the film Virus. Loosely based on the Dark Horse comic of the same name, Curtis starred in the 1999 film but after it hit the theaters, she admitted how she really felt: “That’s a piece of sh!t movie. It was an unbelievably bad movie, just bad from the bottom. That’s the only good reason to be in bad movies. Then when your friends have [bad] movies you can say ‘Ahhhh, I’ve got the best one.’ I’m bringing Virus.”
Wesley Snipes became an international star after starring in the blockbuster franchise Blade. Snipes carried the first two movies but by the time Blade Trinity came along, his co-stars, Jessica Biel and Ryan Reynolds, were hogging some of the spotlight. The offended action hero was unhappy with the final edit of the film and complained to director David S. Goyer. He even filed a lawsuit against Goyer and the film company citing that their decisions resulted in a low-quality product that caused the final sequel to suffer at the box office.
Katherine Heigl gave up her job at a cushy television network show to become a star on the silver screen. Her first starring role was in the 2008 hit Knocked Up with Seth Rogen. While she dutifully promoted the film when it was released in theaters, the former “Grey’s Anatomy” star made her true feelings known around the same time Knocked Up was set to be released on DVD. In a Vanity Fair interview, Heigl said the movie was “a little sexist. It paints the women as shrews, as humourless and uptight, and it paints the men as lovable, goofy, fun-loving guys… I had a hard time with it, on some days. I’m playing such a Itchbay; why is she being such a killjoy?”
Mark Wahlberg came a long way from his Marky Mark and the Funky Bunch days. After making the transition to film, Walhberg would go on to become one of Hollywood’s most bankable stars. What was supposed to be his return to glory, director M. Night Shyamalan banked on Wahlberg to help save the 2007 film The Happening. The film tanked at the box office and was immediately panned by all. The Boston native did his best to try to explain why the movie sucked in an interview a few years later: “It was a really bad movie… It is what it is. F**king trees, man. The plants. 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.”
Jennifer Ganrer channeled her inner superhero to play Elektra in the blockbuster film Daredevil. As part of her contract, she was obligated to reprise her role in the action film Elektra. Perhaps seeing the writing on the wall, Garner complained to Michael Vartan, her boyfriend at the time, that she thought the film was “awful” right around the same month the film was set to be released in theaters. Of course Vartan couldn’t keep her feelings to himself and word leaked out about how Garner really felt. Most fans agreed with Garner.
In 2005, Jamie Foxx was sitting at the top of the world. The stand-up-comedian-turned-actor had just won an Academy award for his portrayal of legendary musician Ray Charles in the biopic Ray. While some would think Foxx would follow his award-winning performance with another gem to add to his crown, fans were scratching their heads when he starred in the sci-fi action flick Stealth. A flop at the box office, the movie cost over $135 million in production but only managed to pull in a paltry $76 million worldwide. A few years later while promoting another movie, Foxx admitted he had to lie while promoting Stealth by saying it was “greatness.”
Jessica Alba may have morphed into a successful businesswoman and Hollywood mother of two but before she became a household name, Alba picked up almost every role that came her way. Although the film was supposed to introduce Alba to a whole new audience, and a new tax bracket, she called Fantastic Four: The Rise of the Silver Surfer a “low point” in her career. When she’s not in front of the camera, Alba runs The Honest Company, a company she co-founded that offers a variety of toxin-free household and baby items.
Bob Hoskins may be best known here in the U.S. for rocking the red overalls in the video game turned movie Super Mario Bros. The English-born actor got his start in theater before becoming a star across the pond. After he starred as the pasta-eating plumber in the live-action film, Hoskins had a change of heart. He called the film the “worst thing I ever did, an absolute nightmare” and if he could erase the movie from his resume, he would do it in a heartbeat. Co-star John Leguizamo admitted he had a less-than-stellar time filming the movie, but it was Dennis Hopper who told the plain truth: “It was a nightmare, very honestly, that movie. It was a husband-and-wife directing team who were both control freaks and wouldn’t talk before they made decisions.”
Sam Worthington got the break of his career when he was cast as the wheelchair-bound hero in James Cameron’s blockbuster film Avatar. He followed that up with the mythology-centered action flick Clash of the Titans by playing Perseus, the son of Zeus. After the negative reviews started rolling in, Worthington admitted that they might have dropped the ball with the film. “We kind of let some people down,” he said. “And yea, I think I can act f-cking better, to be honest!” Worthington will reprise his role of Jake Sully in Avatar 2, set to hit theaters in 2014.