Actors have to take some pretty crappy roles when they are starting out their career. So one would assume that when they get that million dollar role, the one that puts them on the map. They would be happy, impressed with themselves, and totally appreciative of what they have snagged.
That’s not the case for some actors. In fact, a lot of them are upset that a certain role made them famous for various reasons. They didn’t like the fame side of it, they didn’t like the script, they hated their co-star. Or they flat out thought that they could do better.
Celebs are getting more candid with their earlier career choices and while the roles they played were the ones that brought them into the limelight they are admitting that they can’t stand that particular film. Here are 15 actors that want to forget the role that made them famous.
15. Carrie Fisher
Actress Carrie Fisher is mainly known for playing Princess Leia in the hit film Star Wars. However, she decided to break many hearts when she wrote her memoir Wishful Drinking. She stated quite frankly; “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 fan mail – and even a small merry band of stalkers – to keep us entertained for the rest of our unnatural lives.” She just wasn’t impressed with her face being on merchandise. Moreover, she hated the fact that had to wear that over-sexualized metal bikini. All in all, she knows she is lucky to have had the role but didn’t love what it did to her life.
14. Christian Bale
Actor Christian Bale isn’t known for his subtly. In fact, he is very vocal when he hates something or someone. He has loudly expressed his distaste for the film that sort of put him on the map; Newsies. The main reason for his hate according to Bale is that at 17 a role like that doesn’t help when you are gunning for an acting career. The now super famous actor mainly wanted respect as an actor and he felt that being in a musical couldn’t offer him that. He isn’t totally wrong musicals in the early 90s weren’t what they are today. However, he managed to get over that hump. Look at him now.
13. Mark Wahlberg
“I thought I was so cool back then, but when I see the footage, I was such an ass,”. Mark Wahlberg told Sports Illustrated. This is how the actor thinks of his career as musician Marky Mark and of course his funky bunch. He says that looking back he was incredibly embarrassed by his time as a pop star. One must admit Good Vibrations is such a catchy song. It still gets played on the radio today. However, the actor doesn’t like being associated with the song, the band or even his time as a sexy boxer model for Calvin Klein.
12. Miley Cyrus
It’s not surprising to know that Miley Cyrus doesn’t like being associated with her super famous Disney Channel show. Cyrus has a legitimate reason for hating the show. She didn’t like what it did to her childhood. “From the time I was 11, it was, ‘You’re a pop star! That means you have to be blonde, and you have to have long hair, and you have to put on some glittery tight thing.’ Meanwhile, I’m this fragile little girl playing a 16-year-old in a wig and a ton of makeup. It was like Toddlers & Tiaras. I had f**king flippers”. During an interview with Marie Clair in 2015, the actress really opened up about her time on the show. This could probably be the reason why she changed her image so drastically.
11. Shailene Woodley
Always the vocal one Shailene Woodley was very vocal about how unimpressed she was during her time on The Secret Life Of An American Teenager. She admitted that over the course of the series the show just became less and less aligned with what her personal beliefs were. During an interview with Flaunt magazine, she stated. “Towards the end, morally, the things that we were preaching on that show weren’t really aligned with my own integrity,” she said. “So that was a bit hard to show up to work every day knowing that we were going to project all of these themes to thousands – millions – of young adults across the country, when in fact they weren’t what I would like to be sending out”.
10. Angus T. Jones
The “half man” from Three And A Half Men kind of went a little crazy-ish. Angus T. Jones was basically set for life with the type of pay he was receiving from the show. Unfortunately, one day he was just over it. Jones wanted nothing to do with the show or even Hollywood and television for that matter. Apparently, his decision was due to a new religion that he had joined. The actor made a video that started with “I’m on Two and a Half Men, and I don’t want to be on it”. He went on to encourage people to stop watching it and every other TV show. He has admitted that he wishes he wasn’t famous for being on that show. Hmm, it’s all together kind of weird.
9. Jake Lloyd
Jake Lloyd starred as a young Anakin Skywalker in the Star Wars prequel. Unfortunately, he feels like the role stifled his future career and his remaining childhood. Lloyd stated that what he hated most was the bullying from his peers. “Other children were really mean to me,” he said. “They would make the sound of the lightsaber 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”. Lloyd is basically a recluse and he officially quit acting a few years later.
8. Sean Connery
Sean Connery is a very famous actor there is no doubt in that. He has had many successful roles and has continued even well into his 80s to keep his name in the Hollywood circle. That being said, fans still associate Connery with his most famous role of James Bond. Now the actor doesn’t want to seem ungrateful but he had some harsh/crazy words to share about the role and the character of Bond… James Bond. He stated “I have always hated…James Bond. I’d like to kill him.” Uh WTF. That sounds insane. It probably does get old always being associated with the same role time and time again. Especially when your career consists of more than that.
7. Malcolm McDowell
A Clockwork Orange is a cult classic. Fans rave about it. In fact, they act like there is no better film. According to its lead actor Malcolm McDowell, the film is a bust. Not only did he hate the film he admitted that he never understood the gravitational pull it had. He claimed he didn’t know what was so good about the film. In addition, he didn’t like how the popularity of the film meant that everyone pigeon held him as that particular character. By the early 2000s, he admitted that after watching the film again he can kind of see the allure it has on its dedicated fans. However, he still doesn’t love what it did to his career.
6. Christopher Plummer
Christopher Plummer will forever be famous for his role in The Sound Of Music. If you ask him what he thought of the film, or what it was like to play such an iconic role. Well, you would get a mouthful. The actor had been vocal in recent years about what he hated most about working on that film. He stated that he felt the film was “so awful, sentimental and gooey”. Wow harsh words for a family film. Sounds like he was embarrassed to be in the actual film. Could it be because it’s a musical? Or just because he went on to do more “sophisticated” work and doesn’t want to have something like that on his resume.
5. Marlon Brando
Marlon Brando has had several career mistakes. However, the only one HE considers a mistake is A Streetcar Named Desire. The film was a commercial success but Brando hated every minute of it. He believed that the iconic look he donned the wife beater and tight jeans basically overshadowed his performance. He believed that all the press wanted to do was talk about his body, the look and completely ignore his performance. They only wanted to focus on how “handsome” he was and what his female fans thought of him. Unfortunately, this made him hate when people would describe him as sexy because he knew he was more than a face. Too bad that he can’t deny that he was a very good-looking man in his youth. No matter what he did.
4. Robert Pattinson
If it wasn’t for Twilight no one would know who Robert Pattinson is. He could have had an acting career but it would have most likely taken years to take off. Pattinson, however, feels differently like every other actor he is more than just this one role. He doesn’t regret the role but he wants fans to know that he can be versatile and can tackle more than just one type of person. He mostly hated the backlash he received for his portrayal of Edward Cullen because all the tween fans wanted to compare him to the book. Pattinson also believes that he struggled to play Edward Cullen because the source of the material was so bad. Yikes, that’s a dig. However, many people would agree.
3. Ariana Grande
Ariana Grande once referred to Sam And Cat as her dream come true. However, she now describes the show as one of her worst nightmares. She believes she spent way too many years attached to this character. She didn’t believe the character was anything like her so playing her was “beyond frustrating” and apparently quite annoying. She’s now a super famous singer and is killing it in her career but she totally wants to forget that she was even on that show. Can you blame her? It sucks to be defined by one thing and if she wants to move on then why not?
2. Joe Jonas
Jonas was a goofy show on Disney Channel that had a HUGE following. Young girls grew up loving The Jonas Brothers, their show and everything else that came along with them. However, how do you think they would feel if they knew that Joe Jonas actually hated the role that made him a household name? Jonas said that the show was one of the least favorite things he has done in his career. Why? Because the show was badly written and the humor was only good enough for small children. Apparently, his brothers felt this way as well stating that they only went along with everything because it might be the only chance they get.
1. Kate Winslet
Kate Winslet’s iconic role in Titanic is apparently one that she isn’t too fond of. The actress doesn’t hate the film but she absolutely can’t stand her acting. She stated that she can’t believe that her acting was so bad in the film especially her American accent. Winslet may be being a bit too hard on herself. There have been way worse performances from actors that were bigger than she was at the time. The film was a success none the less, so it seems as though her “bad acting” didn’t really affect the film. She mainly wishes that she became famous for a role that she actually proud of acting-wise.