Like everyone else, celebrities have their professional penitents. Unlike most people, however, a star’s career blunder is recorded, viewed and jeered by millions. And if that’s not enough, hilarious internet creations like ‘Honest Trailers’, the YouTube sensation by Screen Junkies, reaches back into the past to rehash the disaster and says what we were all thinking.
The latest film put under scrutiny by Honest Trailers
is the 2003’s Daredevil.
Starring Ben Affleck and his wife, Jennifer Garner, the film was universally loathed and became an unmovable thorn in Affleck’s side for years. The resurrected star has since won back the hearts and minds of fans with stellar performances in Argo
and Gone Girl
Despite the comeback fans were quick to voice their concerns on social media when it was announced Affleck would be donning a cape once again in the upcoming Batman Vs. Superman
Affleck responded to these jabs with his own honesty in an interview with Playboy
stating, “I understand I’m at a disadvantage with the internet. If I thought the result would be another Daredevil
, I’d be out there picketing myself.”
The Jersey Girl
star went onto say, “The only movie I actually regret is Daredevil
. It just kills me. I love that story, that character, and the fact that it got f*ucked up the way it did stays with me. Maybe that’s part of the motivation to do Batman
Of course Affleck isn’t the only one cringing at his back catalogue, here’s a few more celebs that have acknowledged their most regrettable roles.
1. George Clooney in Batman & Robin
The caped crusader does it again! Swooping in not to mess up the bad guys, but to lay a roundhouse kick in the guts of an actor’s career.
George Clooney has been vocal about his remorse over 1997’s Batman & Robin
. Clooney has been mocking the film for years, but his most recent quips came from his surprise appearance at the 2014 Comic-Con in New York, when he stated, “I just met Adam West and apologized to him… Sorry for the nipples on the suit.”
Prior to that the silver fox was questioned about Affleck’s reprisal of the character during his press tour in 2013 for the film Gravity
. Clooney responded to reporters by saying, “I am the least qualified person to comment on anyone playing the role of Batman since I so terribly destroyed the part … The spacesuit [in Gravity] was just uncomfortable for me; the Batsuit was uncomfortable for all of the world.”
2. Natalie Portman in Star Wars
Another blockbuster franchise that offended not only its fans but also its lead actors was the Star Wars
prequels. Natalie Portman confessed to New York Magazine
in 2014 that her roles in Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace
and the two follow ups, Attack of the Clones
and Revenge of the Sith
nearly ended her career.
The Black Swan
actress stated, “…everyone thought I was a horrible actress … I was in the biggest-grossing movie of the decade, and no director wanted to work with me.”
3. Katherine Heigl in Knocked Up
Despite a great critical reception, rom com princess, Katherine Heigl had some nasty things to say about he 2007 film, Knocked Up
. The State of Affairs
actress told Vanity Fair
in 2008 that she felt the movies was “a little sexist” and that it “paints women as shrews, as humourless and uptight, and it paints the men as loveable, goofy, fun-loving guys … Ninety-eight percent of the time it was an amazing experience, but it was hard for me to love the movie.”
Really, that’s your regret? Because we have another number for you, 59, the percentage of critics that hated 27 Dresses
4. Elizabeth Berkeley in Showgirls
Saved By The Bell
alum, Elizabeth Berkeley was so discouraged after her role in the 1995 movie Showgirls
that she even stopped dancing. The actress told Variety
that, “It was a bit of a difficult time for me personally, because a lot of doors were shut at that time…I think that because it was so criticized, it was humiliating– doing anything that was connected to the film was not fun.”
Berkeley bounced back, however, and put her dancing shoes back on for Dancing With The Stars
in 2013 and said that, “Being able to find a relationship to my dancing, which is something I loved, has been healing.”
5. Shia LaBeouf in Indiana Jones
Never one to keep his mouth shut, Shia LaBeouf bad-mouthed the fourth installment in the Indiana Jones series, 2008’s Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull during an appearance at the 2010 Cannes Film Festival
. LaBeouf now famously said, “I feel like I dropped the ball on the legacy that people loved and cherished.”
Co-star Harrison Ford later publicly admonished
star, stating, “I think I told him he was a f*ucking idiot.”
6. David Cross in Alvin And The Chipmunks: Chipwrecked
star David Cross got real when discussing his role in Alvin And The Chipmunks: Chipwrecked during a press conference in 2011
. Cross referred to the film as a “Carnival cruise” and later said it was the “most miserable experience I ever had in my professional life.”
7. Michelle Pfeiffer in Grease 2
We’ve all had embarrassing moments early on in our careers so we can relate to Michelle Pfeiffer and one of her earliest roles, as Sandy in Grease 2
star told Hollywood.com that she hated that film with a vengeance and could not believe how bad it was. “At the time, [I] was young and didn’t know better,” she said.
8. Matthew Goode in Leap Year
British actor Matthew Goode hit his 2010 film Leap Year
where it hurts stating that it was “turgid” and that the real reason he accepted the role was so he could go home on the weekends. Goode then held nothing back saying, “Do I feel I let myself down? No. Was it a bad job? Yes, it was. But, you know, I had a nice time and I got paid.”
9. Burt Reynolds in Boogie Nights
It’s not just the critical flops that get lambasted by their stars, the 1997 badass hit Boogie Nights
was “hated” by star Burt Reynolds.
Reynolds was reportedly so upset about the role that he fired his agent for getting him the part.
10. Charlize Theron in Reindeer Games
Sharing some shameful screen time with our list’s woeful inspiration, Ben Affleck, in the 2002 film Reindeer Games
, Charlize Theron, kept it simple and to a mean point, stating, “That was a bad, bad, bad movie.”