Top 10 Times Actors Roasted Their Own Movies

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Top 10 Times Actors Roasted Their Own Movies

VOICE OVER: Phoebe de Jeu WRITTEN BY: Mimi Kenny
So much for loyalty! For this list, we'll be looking at times when actors publicly mocked or otherwise criticized films they had appeared in. Our countdown includes Mark Wahlberg, Brad Pitt, Robert Pattinson, and more!
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Top 10 Times Actors Roasted Their Own Movies.


Welcome to WatchMojo, and today we’re counting down our picks for the Top 10 Times Actors Roasted Their Own Movies.

For this list, we’ll be looking at times when actors publicly mocked or otherwise criticized films they had appeared in.

Which of these movies deserves to be roasted the most? Let us know in the comments.

#10: Christopher Plummer

“The Sound of Music” (1965)

“The Sound of Music” won the Best Picture Oscar and is considered by many to be one of the best musicals of all time. However, one of its stars wasn’t quite so smitten with the film. The late Christopher Plummer, who played Captain Von Trapp, derided “The Sound of Music” on numerous occasions. He would even refer to it as “The Sound of Mucus.” Plummer found the movie overly sentimental and his character underdeveloped. He also seemed to resent its popularity, saying it followed "[him] around like an albatross." However, he was able to come around on the movie. In his memoir, Plummer says he realized the movie's best qualities, and in 2015, he was present at the 50th-anniversary screening.

#9: Brad Pitt

“The Devil’s Own” (1997)

Plenty of actors have criticized their work, but they usually wait until after the movie has come out. And they don’t usually go as extreme as Brad Pitt did with this action thriller, about an Irish Republican Army member who comes to the U.S. trying to obtain black market weapons. Script and production problems hurt the film, and Pitt even threatened to quit while shooting. In an interview with Newsweek shortly before its release, Pitt called it “the most irresponsible bit of filmmaking” he’d ever seen. Pitt later issued a statement indicating his remarks had been taken out of context. And in 2011, he said he really liked the film, but acknowledged it could've been better. Now, that's growth.

#8: Mark Wahlberg

“The Happening” (2008)

Some M. Night Shyamalan movies are really good. Some are like "The Happening," a thriller that's funnier than some actual comedies. After "The Happening" was released to terrible reviews from both critics and audiences, you can't blame its star for being a little embarrassed. When speaking about it in 2010, Wahlberg referred to “The Happening” as "a really bad movie" and said his "Fighter" co-star, Amy Adams, "dodged the bullet" by not getting cast. Shyamalan didn’t take Wahlberg’s criticism to heart, saying the actor could interpret the movie however he wanted to.

#7: Lindsay Lohan

“I Know Who Killed Me” (2007)

In the 2000s, Lindsay Lohan skyrocketed up the A-list and quickly crashed down. One factor was her personal issues, another was her making low-quality movies like “I Know Who Killed Me,” a psychological horror movie that became one of the few movies to receive an F rating from CinemaScore. And Lohan would probably give it the same grade. In 2013, a fan tweeted at Lohan, telling her she had watched "I Know Who Killed Me" twice the previous night. Lohan gave a hilarious response - "two times too many!" At least we know that nobody killed Lohan’s sense of humor.

#6: Jamie Foxx

“Stealth” (2005)

The same year he won an Oscar for playing Ray Charles, Jamie Foxx starred in a movie better-suited for the Razzies. “Stealth,” a sci-fi action thriller about a military artificial intelligence program that goes rogue, was one of 2005's biggest flops, both critically and commercially. And Foxx wasn't satisfied with how it turned out, either. Speaking to Hollywood.com in 2007, Foxx said "Stealth" was not up to par. He also said he regretted having to speak highly of the film when promoting its release. But you don't win an Oscar without knowing how to fudge the truth.

#5: Halle Berry

“Catwoman” (2004)

Halle Berry is one of the few actors to enjoy the distinct honor of winning both an Oscar and a Razzie, taking home the Worst Actress trophy for this comic book flop. And by that, we mean Berry literally showed up in-person at the ceremony to accept the award and delivered a hilarious and biting speech. In it, Berry thanked studio Warner Bros. for putting her in a “godawful movie” and joked about the possible career setback it posed. We never want to see “Catwoman” again, but we’ll gladly rewatch Berry’s acceptance speech over and over again.

#4: Arnold Schwarzenegger

“Red Sonja” (1985)

It wasn’t just the size of Arnold Schwarzenegger's muscles that made him a star. It was also his charisma and the quality of his best projects. But no amount of charisma could save this ridiculous fantasy, based on the "Red Sonja" comic book character. Schwarzenegger is no great fan of the film, once referring to it as “the worst film [he has] ever made.” He also joked that he would tell his kids they’d have to watch it 10 times in a row if they misbehaved. Surely, having to watch “Red Sonja” even once is punishment enough.

#3: Katherine Heigl

“Knocked Up” (2007)

An in-depth interview is a chance for an actor to really dig into their work and bring up issues they might’ve had with certain roles. In an interview with Vanity Fair about this Judd Apatow comedy, star Katherine Heigl expressed some discomfort with the film, calling it "a little sexist." Heigl’s main issue appeared to be with how uptight the female characters were compared to the male ones. Heigl's comments sparked further discussions, with Apatow and co-star Seth Rogen expressing some issues with her phrasing. After the interview, Heigl stressed that she enjoyed working on the film, and later expressed her "love and respect" for Rogen. At least there are no hard feelings.

#2: Sylvester Stallone

“Stop! Or My Mom Will Shoot” (1992)

Sylvester Stallone has starred in many bad movies, but this unfunny cop comedy is a different kind of terrible. Stallone didn't just say it was his worst movie, he also said it was "maybe one of the worst films in the entire solar system." He was apparently tricked into starring in the film by fellow action star Arnold Schwarzenegger. In 2017, Schwarzenegger said he pretended to be interested in "Stop!" so that Stallone would want to take it instead. Schwarzenegger's scheme worked, but Stallone ended up a winner: of another Golden Raspberry award, that is.

#1: Robert Pattinson

“Twilight” (2008)

Robert Pattinson's career is full of great performances in great films. But he doesn't seem to have much love for the series that made him a star. In numerous interviews about the vampire romance movies, Pattinson has mocked the writing of "Twilight" author Stephanie Meyer, as well as the plot holes in the script. He even said Meyer’s first “Twilight” book read like “a book that shouldn’t have been published.” Pattinson’s disdain for the series seemed to grow the further on it went, but his candidness increased his charisma significantly. And since he helped the “Twilight” saga gross billions, we doubt the studio minded too much.
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