Arnold Schwarzenegger's first movie, Hercules Goes Bananas, AKA Hercules in New York, in which he appeared under the name of "Arnold Strong" and his voice was dubbed over. According to an old interview with Arnie, both were the result of Executive Meddling. The film was so bad its rights were sold on eBay.
Arnold has also mentioned that when his children would misbehave, he used to punish them by making them watch the Red Sonja film (in which he was a main character).
Although it's hard to believe now since the film is considered a classic, Harrison Ford had nothing but contempt for Blade Runner for years — presumably due to not getting along with director Ridley Scott while filming and the fact that the studio forced him to record a terrible voiceover and film a new, happy ending. He's since "made peace with Blade Runner" (in his words), which probably had a lot to do with the "Director's Cut" and "Final Cut" versions of the film, which got rid of the voiceover and restored the original ending.
For a long time, Tim Curry had pulled out all the stops to disassociate himself with Dr. Frank-N-Furter and The Rocky Horror Picture Show, including gaining weight to escape the attention he had gotten from the role. In more recent years, though, he has become more comfortable with being linked to Frank-N-Furter.
Sylvester Stallone was in at least one softcore porn movie before he became beloved as Rocky called Party at Kitty and Stud's. It was re-released after the movie, re-edited and retitled The Italian Stallion. He's so ashamed of it that he was willing to pay $100,000 to even block its release.
To be fair, neither of the first two films were complete disasters: The Postman was embraced by David Brin (author of the original book, who had nothing to do with the production) and Waterworld did make back its budget (and then some) in foreign release.
The Marx Brothers' first movie ever, Humor Risk, is a cobbled-together silent mishmash of their vaudeville routines. Groucho apparently hated it so much that he burned it after viewing. At any rate, it doesn't exist any more.
Robin Williams' first movie was an extremely un-PC 1977 sketch comedy film called Can I Do It 'Till I Need Glasses?. Notably, his scenes were cut out before the film's first release; but just before Popeye came out, they were restored, it was re-released, and he was promoted as the star despite only having two scenes. He reportedly sued for wrongfully using his name and image, and subsequent video releases had him cut out again. It is now available on DVD uncut.
Howard Hughes felt very guilty over his decision to film The Conqueror miles away from the Nevada test site where nuclear devices are tested. It is believed that the location had dangerous material in the air that led to many of the crews' deaths, including John Wayne. The film was poorly acted and was considered one of the worst films ever made. It is also believed that Hughes had watched this film endlessly on television during the last few years of his life (possibly due to his Super OCD).
Paul Newman's acting debut was in a historical epic, called The Silver Chalice, which was a total commercial and critical failure. Years later the film was scheduled to run several nights on a Los Angeles TV station, and Newman spent $1200 on black-bordered newspaper ads reading "Paul Newman apologizes every night this week–Channel 9."
Rob Morrow and Johnny Depp apparently swore a pact to eradicate every copy of Private Resort (1985) from the face of the planet. Given that it was given a DVD release, it's clear that they have not yet succeeded in their quest.
Both director Tinto Brass and writer turned politician Gore Vidal would like to forget about the horror that was Caligula. In fact, pretty much anyone who was involved with that production (except Helen Mirren and Penthouse publisher and Caligula producer Bob Guccione) would like to forget all about it.
Stanley Kubrick was embarrassed about his first feature film, Fear and Desire; he called it "a bumbling amateur film exercise" and tried to obtain all known prints in order to prevent it from ever being seen again.
Quentin Tarantino doesn't like to acknowledge his directorial debut, a low budget comedy titled My Best Friend's Birthday. In the publicity for Kill Bill, that movie was referred to as Tarantino's fourth film, making the disavowal of My Best Friend's Birthday official.
Jason Segel revealed in interviews that the Dracula puppet musical his character is writing in Forgetting Sarah Marshall is, in fact, based on a real Dracula musical which he began writing in his youth, and the song he sings in the karaoke bar is a real song from that musical. He claims to have played a demo tape for Judd Apatow, whose only response was "You can never let anyone hear this tape." Listen for yourselves.
In 1980, following the success rival gag magazine National Lampoon had had with Animal House, William M. Gaines, founder and then-publisher of MAD, allowed the magazine's name to be used in MAD Magazine Presents: Up the Academy. Gaines, upon the film's release, was so disgusted with the finished product (which included the non-ironic use of racist jokes, as well as coarse language and sexual content Gaines would never allow to be published in his magazine) that he paid $50,000 to have all references to the Magazine removed, including a statue of Alfred E. Neuman that was prominently featured in the academy square. Gaines even parodied the film in his magazine as Mad Magazine Resents Throw Up the Academy◊. The spoof lasts just two pages before ending with a series of memos between Gaines and the editors (whose names are intentionally scribbled out) agreeing just to stop the article, even though they had only covered the first twenty minutes of the film.
James Cameron's first credited directing gig was Piranha 2: The Spawning (which he only got after the original director was fired), although it's not clear how much of the finished product Cameron really created. It's alleged that at one point he even tried to break into the studio to either salvage or destroy the film. Eventually Cameron developed a sense of humor about it, having been quoted as saying it's "the finest flying-piranha movie ever made." He also credits the film for helping him hone the puppetry that would be needed for the Facehuggers in Aliens.
Clooney even said in interviews that if anyone approaches him and says they saw Batman & Robin at a cinema he will refund their ticket price from his own pocket.
Joel Schumacher provided the DVD Commentary for the film. There's an awful lot of pauses and he ends the commentary 5 minutes before the credits roll. He sounds really embarrassed by this film.
Roger Moore wasn't too pleased with his final James Bond film A View to a Kill. He said, "I was horrified on the last Bond I did. Whole slews of sequences where Christopher Walken was machine-gunning hundreds of people. I said 'That wasn't Bond, those weren't Bond films.' It stopped being what they were all about. You didn't dwell on the blood and the brains spewing all over the place." His use of the plural "those weren't Bond films" suggests he also disowns other Bond films of his, though he didn't specify which.
On the subject of James Bond, Sean Connery has publicly expressed being ashamed of how in Goldfinger everything hinged on Bond being able to get into the pants of the villain's top henchwoman.
Connery is more ashamed of Zardoz, which he said he only starred in as an attempt to break away from the James Bond image.
As far as the fans are concerned, the feeling is mutual. Smith's character was soobnoxiouslyannoying that the fans reviled her.
She also isn't too keen on Were Back A Dinosaurs Story, which she only did to break away from the Lisa Simpson image. Hell, We're Back! A Dinosaur's Story was an Old Shame for everyone who worked on it.
Of course, Murray never seems to get asked why he didn't walk away after finding out about his alleged mistake. Or why he signed up for the sequel after the first Garfield had become a huge financial success. Consequently, he has never addressed the real reason for appearing in the movies.
Timothy Dalton has a doozy in the form of the 1978 film Sextette, in which he's paired up with an 84-year-old Mae West in a film which misguidedly treats her like she's still a Memetic Sex Goddess. He even made fun of it on a talk show.
John Landis, as everyone knows, inserts the phrase "see you next Wednesday" in each of his films, often as the title of an imaginary movie. He explains that it's the title of a script he wrote in his youth which shall never see the light of day.
It's probably safe to say that Vincent D'Onofrio doesn't mention his film debut in the painfully awful sex comedy The First Turn-On!
Hence explaining why he refused to do the sequel (which, curiously, neither star Jason Bateman nor scriptwriter Tim Kring talks about much nowadays).
Misha Collins of Supernatural fame has stated many times that he regrets his participation in Karla, the 2006 film based on real-life serial killers Karla Homolka and Paul Bernardo. He has explained that he was unaware how infamous and emotionally relevant the cases were in Canada at the time (to the extent that in an extreme case of California Doubling, the movie - although a Canadian production - had to be shot in the USA with an entirely American cast and crew (Laura Prepon played Karla) because NOBODY in the Canadian film industry wanted anything to do with it). He also states that the director of the film took things way too far and would compliment him after shooting particularly horrible rape scenes, saying "That washot." He ended up having a phone conversation with one of the victims who escaped, and now tells people not to watch the movie, especially when it comes up at fan conventions.
He later admits that his work on The Happening wasn't even that good as well.
David Bowie and Jennifer Connelly aren't too big of fans of Labyrinth. Both of them even get uncomfortable (in Bowie's case) or embarrassed (in Connelly's case) when their children are watching the film.
Bowie also regrets 1978's Just a Gigolo, his second major film, simply for its poor quality. In a 1980 interview with New Music Express, he said "Oh well, we've all got to do one [bad movie] and hopefully I've done mine now."
Michelle Williams has disowned Species (her second film) due to the torment that she got from people at her school over playing a character that becomes a giant cocoon. She also hates her first film, Timemaster (even calling it Timewaster on set, which other cast members also took to calling it).
Jason Flemyng has said the only film he'd erase from his filmography is Seed Of Chucky - "I was dressed as Santa, getting killed by a doll, on a set in Romania, thinking: ‘Where did it go wrong?’"
If you meet Jaime Pressly, don't bring up Piñata: Survival Island. Just don't.
Mickey Rourke admitted that Passion Play wasn't a very good film, though he did nevertheless praise Megan Fox's acting.
He also hated A Prayer For The Dying (as did director Mike Hodges; both have disowned this).
Though definitely not as widely-panned as the films mentioned above, he is not fond of his experience working on Iron Man 2 either. He even publicly bashed the film while promoting Immortals.
Both Chris Columbus and Daryl Hannah have less than warm feelings about 1984's Reckless (which he wrote and she starred in). Hannah is also probably very glad the box office returns for The Clan Of The Cave Bear meant films of Jean M. Auel's other books about Ayla were out of the question.
If the box office hadn't sealed the fate of future movies, the fact that Auel (who was a consultant on the film and hated the finished result) sued the filmmakers and bought back the movie rights to the books did.
Jason Bateman regrets making The Change-Up and called it garbage in interviews promoting the film.
Margot Kidder didn't realize that Tribulation (the third movie in the Left Behind knockoff Apocalypse series) was Christian propaganda until she was nearly through filming. Apparently (and understandably) she didn't understand the plot until the end, when the Anti-Christ goes on a Motive Rant. Margot Kidder is an avowed atheist. People coming up to her and praising her work in said movie tends to be a Berserk Button for her.
According to Roger Ebert's memoir Life Itself, Chevy Chase mentioned how he didn't think too fondly of Three Amigos when the two had a conversation backstage on The Tonight Show (Ebert gave the film a negative review and it was Chase's job to defend it on air).
Colin Firth isn't too fond of the films Playmaker and Trauma. He only made the former to be closer to his son (who was living in Los Angeles at the time) and with the latter, he was so embarrassed to be involved with the film that he attended a screening in secret just to see how bad it was (he was later relieved to find himself being the only one in the theatre watching the film).
What do Harlan Ellison and Tony Bennett have in common? They both would rather not talk about The Oscar (the former's only movie credit, the latter's only movie as an actor).
Not only did Rosanna Arquette's Romance on the Set of The Big Blue (with her co-star, not with director Luc Besson despite his track record) help end her marriage to JamesNewtonHoward, she also hated the finished product (typical comment about the movie: "I see that scene and I want to vomit").
For Jim Carrey it was ironically also his Star-Making Role, Ace Ventura. Carrey was displeased with the sequel causing him to swear off ever doing a sequel for any of his characters.(Though he has now signed on to do a sequel to Dumb and Dumber) This had an arguably lasting impact on his career as well since this role is seen as the reason why he's yet to get nominated for an Oscar.
Anthony Perkins was regretful of Psycho III, which he directed and starred in. He also proclaimed that he made some terrible movies (pre and post Psycho), although kept mum about which ones he considered bad.
Tuesday Weld hates Pretty Poison, a 1968 film that had a very limited release due to some Executive Meddling. The irony, though, is that Pretty Poison is regarded as an underrated gem and cult classic, and many (modern critics and fans alike) find it to be one of her best performances that deserved an Oscar nom.
I think it's soft and corny, and the soundtrack makes you want to puke, and everybody's dressed in Banana Republic clothing. The original script and the original intent was very different than what it wound up being when it became a studio commercial film. It was originally supposed to be a small-budget independent film where there would be much more complexity to all the characters, and Abby (Garofalo's character) and the guy don't wind up together at the end.
Brad Pitt is not a big fan of appearing in The Devil's Own, calling it "the most irresponsible bit of filmmaking - if you can even call it that - that I've ever seen."
Charlize Theron has less than fond memories of starring in Reindeer Games, as she calls it a "bad bad movie" (and considering some of the movies on her CV, that's saying something), but admits that she enjoyed working with its director John Frankenheimer, citing it as the sole reason why she did that film.
He also doesn't like Godzilla. Hell, Godzilla was an old shame for everyone who worked on it.
Speaking of Godzilla, Roland Emmerich looks back on it with a great deal of regret, with him citing that his lack of research, the short time in which the film had to be completed in, and Executive Meddling (the studio's refusal to test screen it) as factors that may have negatively affected the quality of the final product.
Martin Vidnovic, who voiced The King in the animated version of The King and I, admits it was pretty bad.
Jamie Foxx has said that his time working on Stealth wasn't even that amazing, but admits he was glad he didn't have to lie and say it was good while making this movie.
Colin Farrell apparently does not like the film version of Miami Vice.
Sean Penn did not enjoy working on Shanghai Surprise opposite then-wife Madonna, saying that he made a vow to himself never to discuss that movie for the rest of his life.
Sir Michael says that the three worst films he has ever made are The Magus, The Swarm and Ashanti.
He also didn't like Jaws The Revenge as well. Caine claims that he has never seen the film, and by all accounts it was terrible; but he adds that he has seen the house the film paid for, and thought it was terrific.
Mr. Micklewhite, in addition, utterly despises his work in On Deadly Ground - and the film's star/director Steven Seagal, who loved to talk down to the knighted Oscar-winning actor during production.
Jessica Alba dislikes some of her films, such as Good Luck Chuck (not without good reason); and in an interview with the British magazine Arena promoting Fantastic Four she badmouthed two of her pre-Dark Angel movies, Paranoid and The Sleeping Dictionary - and her performances in them.
Steven Spielberg admitted that updating E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial for its 20th anniversary back in 2002 was pretty regretful, which includes scenes of the titular character in CGI and the policemen's shotguns being replaced with walkie-talkies. This can easily explain why recent airings of the film no longer show the scenes with the CGI E.T. and leave the shotguns intact, which can be the same for the recent 30th anniversary DVD and Blu-Ray release.
The reason why he decided to edit the shotguns was because he believed they were too frightening for children, especially since he already became a father himself. He regretted making those changes when he noticed they were lampooned in the South Park episode "Free Hat."
And he doesn't get people's love for Annie Hall at all, only being able to see how much it doesn't live up to what he really wanted it to be.
Gwyneth Paltrow has said that she hates View from the Top, calling it terrible. She doesn't care for Shallow Hal either.
Both Julia Roberts and Nick Nolte reveal their hatred for working on I Love Trouble, calling it the worst of their careers. Roberts also said that Nolte was the worst actor she had ever worked with.
Sandra Bullock would probably like to forget her part in Fire in the Amazon ever existed. She also calls Speed 2: Cruise Control "the biggest piece of crap" ever made. (In fact, while promoting said movie a fan told her she was looking forward to it and she replied "Well, as long as you don't expect too much...")
Though oddly enough, she doesn't seem to regret All About Steve (despite accepting her Razzie Award on the film, she felt that the committee didn't see the film and gave everyone in attendance a DVD copy to let them judge if she was deserving or not).
Matthew Goode dislikes his role in Leap Year, saying the only reason he did this movie was that he can visit his family more often.
Ice Cube admitted in an interview that Ghosts of Mars was the worst film he ever appeared in, claiming it was unwatchable in many ways, and said that the film's director John Carpenter really let him and his fellow co-stars down with the special effects, saying that it had looked like something out of a film from 1979.
Ray Liotta may not want to speak about his first film role in The Lonely Lady.
You might think the words "shame" and Pamela Anderson don't go together. Snapdragon and Raw Justice prove you're wrong.
Gerry Anderson was not proud of Crossroads To Crime (his only big-screen movie as a director).
"I know exactly what films I've done that fucking suck donkey. And I know the ones that are good, that people like. And I know it not because of the box office, because the box office is not going to tell you the truth. I know it because I have friends that don't hold back. They don't depend on me for money or employment. They're just friends. Friends tell the truth."
Capshaw, an outspoken feminist, is ashamed of her role as Willie as well.
One of the animators is ashamed of Foodfight and even said:
"I actually worked on this movie for a bit. It was one of my first jobs in the industry and let me tell you, if you think it was a train wreck viewing, you should have seen how terrible it was to work on it. The sad truth is there were plenty of talented people working there. many of those people moved on to major studios in both film, TV and games. The bottom line is the director, Larry Kasanoff is a talent-less, classless scumbag that should be banned from Hollywood until the end of time. All of the inappropriate innuendos are a direct product of his "creative hand". I cannot tell you how many times this moron derailed production with his brainless input. It literally has cost the studio millions of dollars. They eventually stepped in and removed him from the project. Unfortunately, that was a decade and millions of dollars late. I am so ashamed of this movie that I have completely left working there off of my resume. On behalf of the many artists that have had the dubious distinction of working on this dumpster fire, I apologize to all of humanity for our part in this."
John Cleese wasn't pleased with The Meaning Of Life. He said "I always regarded that entire film as a bit of a cockup."
Barry Humphries is embarrassed by Les Patterson Saves The World.
Guinevere Turner is ashamed of BloodRayne. She wasn't there on location to re-write the film. Uwe Boll decided to have only one draft of the script (and it shows). Guinevere saw the film in the cinema and she hated it.
Subversion: You'd think George Clooney would be embarrassed by Return Of The Killer Tomatoes, but he's if not proud of his role, is more than willing to discuss it whenever it's brought up, as he loved working with John Astin, and by most accounts it was a fun shoot.
His friend Cindy Crawford is similarly, surprisingly, not all that ashamed of her ill-fated Fair Game.
While promoting Iron Man 3 on Radio 2, Ben Kingsley didn't like it when a listener mentioned meeting him while filming The 5th Monkey, because he thought the film was dreadful (as do most people who've seen it).
Harry Shearer would rather people not know that he was a 'writer' for the movie Club Paradise (of which he claims the title was the only thing he wrote that got used in the final product). The pseudonym "Ed Roboto" is used instead of his name in the credits.
Jamie Bamber clearly feels this way about the film "Ghost Rig", given his hilarious reaction in a YouTube clip—when an autograph seeker mentions having watched it, he buries his face in his hands and moans "Oh God. Not that one." Even being reminded that it's where he met his wife doesn't change his opinion—"it was terrible!"
Kylie Minogue has admitted that appearing in Bio-Dome was her worst career move, and said that it is the only thing she has done in her professional life that her father ridicules her for.