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Top 10 Actors Who Hate Their Own Movies

VO: Rebecca Brayton
Script written by Tiffany Ezuma We're used to hearing actors promote their films, but isn’t it more fun when they trash them? Join as we count down our picks for the Top 10 Actors Who Hate their Own Movies. For this list, we're looking at actors who've publicly stated their hatred for movies they've been in. Special thanks to our user Contributor101 for submitting the idea using our interactive suggestion tool at WatchMojo.comsuggest

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Top 10 Actors Who Hate Their Own Movies

We’re used to hearing actors promote their films, but isn’t it more fun when they trash them? Welcome to and today we’re counting down our picks for the top 10 actors who hate their own movies.

For this list, we’re looking at actors who’ve publicly stated their hatred for movies they’ve been in. There’s no speculation with this bunch.

#10: Christopher Plummer
“The Sound of Music” (1965)

It may be considered one of the best musicals or really one of the best movies ever, but don’t tell that to Mr. Plummer. Over the years, the Oscar-winning actor has not looked back fondly at his role as Captain von Trapp, the head of the singing family in this musical drama. Instead, he’s made remarks calling the film “so awful and sentimental and gooey.” He even went as far as to dub the movie “The Sound of Mucus.” Ouch! He also avoided cast reunions for awhile, though in 2010 he did come around and appeared with the full cast on “The Oprah Winfrey Show”…yep, even he can’t deny Oprah.

#9: Mark Wahlberg
“The Happening” (2008)

Every actor used to want to sign up for an M. Night Shyamalan movie in the hopes that it would have an amazing twist like the “The Sixth Sense”… unfortunately, these days, the twist is usually that the movie you’re in is gonna be terrible. Still, we can’t blame Marky Mark for taking this role. He played against type as a science teacher in the critically panned flick, which, it's worth pointing out, holds a 17% on Rotten Tomatoes. Wahlberg has publicly stated that Amy Adams “dodged a bullet” by declining Zooey Deschanel’s part. SNL had a field day making fun of his role and came up with the now viral and superior “Mark Wahlberg Talks to Animals” sketch.

#8: Hugh Grant
“Nine Months” (1995)

It wasn’t the movie itself or the working experience that made Hugh Grant regret this role. He played a character perfectly in his rom-com wheelhouse as a man-child who’s forced to settle down when he gets his dream woman pregnant. So, what’s the problem? Grant regrets having done the movie because it was a 20th Century Fox film, a company owned by media mogul, Rupert Murdoch. After the News of the World newspaper scandal in 2011, in which the Murdoch-owned newspaper was accused of phone hacking and other shady practices, Grant wanted nothing to do with Murdoch businesses ever again. So far, he’s stuck to his morals.

#7: Woody Allen
“Manhattan” (1979)

Writer/director/actor Woody Allen shouldn’t have problems with any of his films since he has so much creative control and funds a lot of them independently…right? For the most part, that’s true but there’s always an exception to the rule. In 2012’s “Woody Allen: A Documentary,” Allen stated that he regrets releasing this film since he was so disappointed with the final cut. At one point, he even begged United Artists, the studio behind it, to let him scrap the picture and make another one in its place. Despite his hatred of the flick, it was nominated for two Oscars, so maybe Woody's alone on this.

#6: Katherine Heigl
“Knocked Up” (2007)

Perhaps one of the most public feuds in recent times between a movie and an actor, Katherine Heigl made waves when she called out “Knocked Up” for what she saw as its sexist stereotypes. She went on to say that her character was portrayed as a “bitch” and the women in it were painted as “shrews, as humorless and uptight.” Director Judd Apatow and co-star Seth Rogen didn’t stay quiet and both have defended their movie and work with her over the years. Heigl seems to be the biggest loser in this fight though, as this has since given her a reputation for being difficult to work with.

#5: Sandra Bullock
“Speed 2: Cruise Control” (1997)

She’s Hollywood royalty, so it seems like Sandra Bullock can do nothing wrong. She’s made us laugh with “Miss Congeniality” and made us cry in “Gravity,” but even Sandra’s had a misstep or two along the way. During an interview in which she was asked about a sequel to the 2013 hit, “The Heat,” Bullock was quick to say no way. She told reporters, “I’ve done two sequels. They were horrible.” It’s easy to understand why she’s not proud of “Speed 2” though; aside from the fact that y’know, it was on a BOAT and was missing Keanu Reeves, it holds a very very low Rotten Tomatoes score at just 3%. Guess she knows now not to mess up a good thing!

#4: George Clooney
“Batman & Robin”(1997)

George Clooney is pretty much the chairman of Hollywood and is known as a wonderful actor. But, there’s a dark spot in his past: his turn as Batman. Playing a superhero is pretty much the best thing that can happen to an actor’s career, and Clooney did benefit from the name recognition the role gave him, but that’s about it. Over the years, he’s been known to joke about his work as the Caped Crusader, even saying that he thought they “…might have killed the franchise.” Luckily for us, that wasn’t the case, though its successful revival wouldn’t be until 2005 when Christopher Nolan rebooted the series.

#3: Bill Murray
“Garfield: The Movie” (2004)

Bill Murray’s involvement with this live action “Garfield” movie can be chalked up to a case of mistaken identity. In a “GQ” magazine interview, Bill admitted that he thought the movie’s screenwriter was Joel Coen of the Coen Brothers. What he didn’t know was that the movie was written by another Joel Cohen, with an ‘h’, and a writer who’s made his career by writing family movies like “Toy Story,” “Cheaper By the Dozen” and “Daddy Day Camp.” He didn’t back out of the movie once he realized his mistake, but suffered through recording his lines like pro. While he got the last laugh when he made a joke about it in “Zombieland”, Murray did go on to appear in the sequel…

#2: Jim Carrey
“Kick-Ass 2” (2013)

Sometimes current events can affect the way an artist feels about his or her work, and that was the case with Jim Carrey’s feelings towards this picture. When he should have been promoting the film, Carrey tweeted, “I did Kick-Ass 2 a month b4 Sandy Hook and now in all good conscience I cannot support that level of violence.” He went on to say that he wasn’t ashamed of the movie or his work in it by any means, but the school shooting that occurred at Sandy Hook Elementary and killed 28 in total, caused him to re-think the portrayal of such heavy violence in film.

Before we unveil our number one pick, here are a few honorable mentions:
James Franco
“Your Highness” (2011)
Jamie Lee Curtis
“Virus” (1999)
Sam Worthington
“Wrath of the Titans” (2012)
Channing Tatum
“G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra” (2009)
Sean Connery
“The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen” (2003)

#1: Bob Hoskins
“Super Mario Bros.” (1993)

He was a highly respected actor, so Bob Hoskins didn’t feel the need to be coy about his dislike for working on this film. When talking to the newspaper, “The Guardian,” a journalist asked him about any career lows and he replied, “It was a f---in’ nightmare.” He credits the unpleasant working conditions to the married directors, Rocky Morton and Annabel Jankel, who he said had their “…arrogance mistaken for talent.” And after a few hellish weeks of production “…their own agent told them to get off the set!” Insert a couple more f-bombs here. Hoskins apparently made it through by getting hammered throughout production with his co-star John Leguizamo... yikes! It ultimately earned a measly 15% on Rotten Tomatoes, and was basically critically panned across the board, so can you blame him?

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