Before David Lynch and Jurassic Park made her a star, Laura Dern took a role in Grizzly II, a low budget horror film that never saw release. She becomes visibly embarrassed whenever it is brought up.
Dern also averts this trope with her role as Susan in The Puppy Episode of Ellen, despite the short-term damage it did to her career. Dern is good friends with Ellen Degeneres, acknowledges the positive effect the episode had on the LGBT rights movement and to this day states she is proud to have done it.
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).
As the Governator, he threatened to force the legislature of California to watch Jingle All the Way 13 times if they couldn't come up with a budget.
Speaking of der brawny man, take a look at the Japanese commercials he did. He was apparently ashamed of them before he even made them: rumor has it part of the agreement for him to do them was that they never aired in the west. Silly Ahnuld, you can't hide from the Internet!
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.
Though this was not due to the movie itself so much as the rather creepy level of devotion some fans showed towards him.
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.
Reports are that Stallone's management contacted numerous adult video stores and offered ridiculous amounts of money for their copies of the film.
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."
He also admitted that When Time Ran Out was another misstep in his career. When asked by Larry King on what was the worst film he ever did, Newman referred to it as "that volcano movie".
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 Part Two: 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. He's also said that he keeps a giant framed portrait of himself in the Batsuit in his house as a constant reminder not to let hubris and ego get the better of him.
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.
The "Weird Al" Yankovic movie UHF is a touchy subject for Michael Richards, who played Stanley the Janitor. However, he was a good enough sport to do the commentary on the DVD (though he only did commentary for about half an hour's worth of the film).
Christian Bale has not been subtle about his dislike for Newsies, which he starred in back in 1992, although he acknowledges the cult audience the film has.
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.
For many years, Disney was also deeply ashamed of The Black Cauldron, a film that performed so horribly upon release that it nearly killed their animation department; and that's not even getting into the troubled production that saw it go through multiple edits to make it more palatable for audiences unfamiliar with its source material. A VHS release of the film was not granted until 1998, a full thirteen years after the movie's original release, and this was only after considerable pressure from the film's growing fanbase. Even with this and an eventual DVD release in 2010, the film remains virtually unseen among the studio's vast array of merchandise.
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.
In his first autobiography Lucky Man, Michael J. Fox looks back on Teen Wolf with a great deal of embarrassment. Hence explaining why he refused to do the sequel (which, curiously, neither star Jason Bateman nor scriptwriter Tim Kring talks about much nowadays).
Fox also isn't proud of most of the films he made after his Parkinson's diagnosis, because during that time his thinking was, "I'd better do as much movies as I can before I can no longer act", and started accepting roles for movies that, in the end, weren't very good.
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.
Jack Benny turned The Horn Blows At Midnight into a running joke.
Whoopi Goldberg disowned 1987's The Telephone (she even tried to keep it from being released). As one American critic noted, this was the same year as Burglar and Fatal Beauty. She was also ashamed by starring in Theodore Rex, which Goldberg tried to walk out of the project after reading the script, but was forced to stay on after its studio threatened her with a lawsuit.
Whenever anyone asked Bob Hoskins what his biggest regret about his film career was, he replied, "Super Mario Bros." without hesitation. He was quoted as saying the production "was a hellish nightmare" and the Control Freak directors were "arrogant and fuckin' idiots".
He probably felt that being given a role in Parting Shots wasn't a career highlight either. Hell, anyone who was involved in Parting Shots.
John Leguizamo wasn't fond of the movie either. He also wasn't fond of The Pest.
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.
Kate Mulgrew recently expressed regret for providing her voice for the recently produced documentary centered on Geocentricism entitled The Principle. As she doesn't believe in said topic, she stated in her public statement that she was a voice-for-hire, and a misinformed one at that.
Probably no longer an issue, since he and Alex Winter are doing a third Bill & Ted flick (and now Reeves is better remembered as Neo than Ted, anyway).
Reeves also doesn't like The Watcher, saying the reason why he did that film was that a friend of his forged a signature on a contract, and wasn't allowed to bash the movie while promoting it until after its release.
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.
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 theater 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 (although 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.
Denis, like John Cusack, has said that he doesn't like the majority of his movies. He actually said once that he's made "10 good movies and 30 bad ones".
In his book Why We Suck, he provides a side-by-side photo of himself and Willem Dafoe, explaining that people seem to think they look alike. He goes on to comment "I apologize if every time I hear 'You were great in Spider-Man, note The first one, starring Tobey MacGuire. The book was written before his appearance in the reboot film he has to hear 'Why the fuck did you do Operation: Dumbo Drop?"
Even within the category of movies not on that list, Con Air is in a league of its own. He refuses to be interviewed about it.
Cusack apparently saw Better Off Dead while working on another Savage Steve Holland movie, One Crazy Summer, and wasn't pleased. He was reportedly furious with Holland, although other cast and crew members showed him the movie was getting favorable reviews.
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."
He also wishes he could wipe off the teen horror film Cutting Class off his resume.
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.
Roland Emmerich and Dean Devlin look back at Godzilla (1998) with a great deal of regret, with them citing that their 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.
He also didn't like The Mangler he said it was a terrible movie and the vocals he did for the titular killer machine caused a lot of stress on his vocal chords, but he did like that he got the chance to work with Tobe Hooper.
She's on record as disliking several of her films, such as Good Luck Chuck (not without good reason).
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.
She isn't a big fan of Into The Blue either, mostly because her character was rewritten during filming. Also scenes were shot with her stunt double in a bikini behind her back, forcing her to spend the majority of the movie without much clothes on.
Steven Spielberg admitted that updating ET 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.
Shallow Hal is also an old shame for Jack Black. He said that he signed onto it because he wanted to make a film with the Farrelly Brothers but it wasn't what he expected it to be which made him feel like he sold out.
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.
He also isn't fond of the family movies he did like Are We There Yet? or The Longshots and says he only did them because it was hard for him to find acting jobs.
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).
1999 Jackman: Is there an embarrassing movie I should avoid? 2014 Jackman: When they come to you with a movie where you have testicles around your neck, with an ensemble of the funniest movies around, don't believe them. You might keep the testicles - they are funny to show in parties - but pass on the movie!
"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."
One of the animators is ashamed of Foodfight and even said on Amazon:
"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."
The other Pythons are not too happy about it either. Terry Jones has said that the movie was one rewrite from being good, but by that point, everyone, Cleese in particular, just wanted to move on.
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.
Older than Television: Brigitte Helm, who is best remembered for playing Maria and the robot in Fritz Lang's silent film epic Metropolis, refused to talk about the movie in her later years, going as far as to deny that she was in it. This may have to do with the fact that the robot costume was extremely uncomfortable for her to wear, causing her several injuries.
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!" Despite the fan's repeated protests that it wasn't that bad, he insists on apologizing to her for having had to endure the experience of watching the movie and promises not to be in anything that bad ever again.
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.
James Franco called Your Highness a piece of shit in an interview. On his Comedy Central roast, he likened it to the roast, saying it's "homophobic, vulgar, has untalented actors, is only a big deal to 15 year olds, and won't be remembered in three months."
Illusionist David Copperfield is on record as wanting "to rent every copy of Terror Train and never return them."
Hugh Grant has admitted that he regretted doing the film Nine Months, because it was distributed by 20thCenturyFox, which is owned by Rupert Murdoch after Grant brought down News of the World to scandal. He said that he would never work with the studio ever again.
Jerry Lewis resented having ever worked on The Day the Clown Cried, and the film has since become infamous for never having been seen by more than half a dozen people.
Tom Hardy has repeatedly said that Star Trek: Nemesis (and more specifically, the fact that it was a critical and commercial flop) was the worst thing that ever happened to him, and nearly killed his career before it got off the ground. To this day, he still refuses to talk about Nemesis in any significant detail.
The entire TNG cast, especially Gates McFadden, Marina Sirtis, and LeVar Burton (who'd been turned down as its director), have also spoken negatively about Nemesis. Though Sirtis also said that Nemesis wasn't as bad as Star Trek: Insurrection, claiming she fell asleep during its premiere.
Natalie Wood hated Meteor, along with most of the cast involved with the film.
After the overwhelmingly negative reception of Transformers: Revenge of The Fallen, director Michael Bay himself publicly apologized for the film, admitting it was not his best work and even calling it "crap". He has expressed disappointment that he didn't have more time to put together a better movie in the aftermath of the Writers' Guild Strike of 2007-2008.
Writers Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci also expressed regret in making the film as well as in the creation of the universally hated Autobot duo Skids and Mudflap.
Shia LaBeouf also has gone on to state that he was "unimpressed" with the movie.
Megan Fox also didn't like the movie. Not to mention her feud with Michael Bay during filming.
Hugo Weaving admits that he doesn't care for the whole franchise and pretty much phones in his performance whenever he does any of the movies.
Sam Raimi disowned Crimewave due the film's troubled production and it being recut by Columbia.
He's also admitted Spider-Man 3 was not very good. Part of the reason the franchise was rebooted was because he demanded more lead time and creative control in order to make sure Spider-Man 4 didn't have the same problems.
Chevy Chase is also ashamed of his participation in Caddyshack II, which he only took part in as Warner Brothers had pressured him and the other actors of the first movie into making a sequel. None of the others bowed to the pressure though, and Warner Brothers attempted to sue Rodney Dangerfield for refusing to participate after citing a lack of confidence in the script. When asked about it in a interview with David Letterman, his response was an apathetic "Yeah, Yeah I think I'm in that." Heck even his role in the film, he seems disinterested in being there.
Harold Ramis, who wrote and produced the original Caddyshack also hated the sequel; once again, he only participated after Warner Brothers continued to put pressure on him.
Christopher Reeve was deeply ashamed of his last outing as the Man of Steel in Superman IV: The Quest for Peace. He declared the film to be "terrible" on the eve of its release, citing a haphazard scriptwriting process and the poor quality of the film's special effects.
Co-star Jon Cryer also hated the film, going so far as to deem the film unfinished as a result of its ultra-low budget.
Before Superman IV, Christopher Reeve had felt so ashamed by Superman III that he swore he'd never play Superman again. It took lots of persuasion to bring Reeve back for Superman IV which, as mentioned above, sadly didn't turn out much better.
Stan Lee has disowned Daredevil, despite the fact that he only had a cameo in it. Ben Affleck also calls it the one movie he actually regrets (largely because he loves the original comics and is disappointed it turned out the way it did).
Jamie Kennedy has admitted that he was personally affected by the negative critical response to Son of the Mask, lamenting an apparent lack of control in any of the aspects regarding the film or his own involvement in it.
Steven Wright also hated the film, it would be six years before he would act again.
Barry Pepper, who played Johnny, said that if he knew he'd win a Razzie for Worst Supporting Actor, he would've accepted it in person.
One of the two credited screenwriters has among other things, written an apology letter that ends with this:
Now, looking back at the movie with fresh eyes, I can’t help but be strangely proud of it. Because out of all the sucky movies, mine is the suckiest. In the end, did Scientology get me laid? What do you think? No way do you get any action by boldly going up to a woman and proclaiming, “I wrote Battlefield Earth! If anything, I’m trying to figure out a way to bottle it and use it as birth control. I’ll make a mint!
Denzel Washington wishes he had never done Heart Condition, claiming that he was talked into making this movie by his agent and once it was slammed by critics and bombed horribly, Washington fired him shortly thereafter.
Rob Schneider said that he only did movies like The Reef because his friend works on them.
Janet Leigh said she starred in Night of the Lepus because it was shot near her home, and meant less time away from her family, adding "I've forgotten as much as I could about that picture."
Stars Daniel Craig and Rachel Weisz, and director Jim Sheridan disowned the finished product of Dream House, each of them not going out to promote the film after Sheridan clashed with the film's executive producer James G. Robinson throughout the production.
Phoebe Cates refuses to talk about her role in the Blue Lagoon rip-off Paradise after she managed to bargain down the amount of nudity that the script called for, and was horrified to see that producers expanded the sex scenes that were additionally shot with body doubles.
Vince Vaughn didn't go out to promote Four Christmases, after it was rumored in gossip columns and blogs that he and co-star Reese Witherspoon did not get along throughout filming, plus he had to keep a low profile while the movie was in theaters.
George A. Romero is not proud of his second film There's Always Vanilla, he said at the time he wanted to do something other than horror, he considers it the worst movie he ever made and that his writer didn't know what he was doing.
David Cross, who plays the main antagonist in the Alvin and the Chipmunks live-action movies, openly regrets his work on the third film Chipwrecked, recalling it to have been a terribly "unpleasant experience" and one of the worst outings of his career.
Cameron Richardson, who played the love interest Claire in the first film, refused to do the sequels because she disliked the first movie.
Dan Aykroyd, John Belushi, and Richard D. Zanuck didn't care for Neighbors, mostly due to its post-production problems.
Aykroyd also didn't like Loose Cannons, according to a 2013 interview asking him about a murder case where footage from the film found in a landfill was confused with a snuff film. Aykroyd suggesting that it should have stayed in the landfill.
Jeff Bridges admits he was underwhelmed by R.I.P.D., stating that while he enjoyed making the film, he eventually disliked the finished product.
He's also not fond of Damage, saying he doesn't think the film's director Louis Malle writes upper class Englishmen very well.
Most of the people who worked on Skidoo didn't like it. Otto Preminger and his family even refused to release it after its theatrical run.
Alec Baldwin has disowned Rock of Ages, calling it a "horrible movie", and stated he only did that film because he wanted to work with Tom Cruise.
Pretty much most of the actors who did Troll 2 said that they were embarrassed by the movie when they first saw it yet have gotten over it as the years have gone by due to the cult following it's received. The only people who seem to always be proud of the movie are director Claudio Fragasso, his wife (who co-wrote the movie), and Margo Prey, who played the mom. Also Robert Ormsby, who played the Grandpa, said he likes bad movies so he was proud to see it turned out so bad.
Director Mathieu Kassovitz disowned Babylon A.D., blaming 20th Century Fox for denying him control of the project and demanding a series of cuts.
Kiefer Sutherland wants to forget that his starring and directing effort Woman Wanted ever existed.
Walter Hill distanced himself from the experience of making Supernova, eventually creating the name "Thomas Lee" to avoid his involvement.
Richard Dreyfuss admitted that he was disappointed in W while appearing on The View, saying that it was "6/8 of a good film" and called the film's director Oliver Stone a fascist. Stone eventually retorted that working with Dreyfuss was the single worst experience he ever had with an actor in his life.
Robert Downey, Jr. revealed his dislike for his work on U.S. Marshals, claiming that it was "the worst action film of all time", and said that he would rather wake up in jail for a TB test than have to wake up another morning knowing that he'd going to the set of that movie.
I can't look at this movie and be proud of what I've done...It's just impossible for me to connect to it emotionally at all.
Her co-star in the above - Hugh Jackman - isn't proud of X-Men Origins: Wolverine, as he felt it did little justice to his character despite the high praise he received for his performance in an otherwise underwhelming movie; he helped make up for it with The Wolverine.
Kelly Clarkson strongly regrets her role in From Justin to Kelly, stating that she had been contractually obligated to star in it as a result of her victory on the first season of American Idol, and disliked the script when she read it.
Colin Farrell was disappointed that his sons only thought Epic was alright.
In an interview on Watch What Happens Live, Meryl Streep replied that Still Of The Night was the one bad movie she made in her career. When the host asked her on what the movie is about, Streep said "never mind."
Jennifer Garner revealed that she felt that Elektra was awful, according to her Alias co-star Michael Vartan. He said that she told him that Garner only did that movie because it was in her contract thanks to Daredevil.
David Lean all but disowned his movie Madeleine (1950), which he made as a sop to then-wife Ann Todd. The fractious dissolution of their marriage probably played a role, though Lean was unsatisfied with the movie even at the time.
John Ford hated The Plough and the Stars (1936), a passion project ruined by Executive Meddling. Ford even walked off the set, forcing assistant directors to finish shooting the movie, loudly proclaiming that RKO "ruined the damned thing."
Both Kevin Smith and Bruce Willis hate Cop Out. Ironically, both of them fought on the set and have hated each other ever since! What didn't help matters is that Bruce refused to promote the movie!
Pretty much all of the main cast of Deck the Halls, according to supporting actor Gillian Vigman. Kristin Chenoweth was still coping with her split from Aaron Sorkin, Danny De Vito flew in to film his scenes rather than interact with anyone, and Matthew Broderick could be found on set shaking his head in disbelief, repeatedly stating "I've hit rock bottom."
Despite the fact that he's unrecognizable underneath a lot of makeup, and that the movie did not do well in theaters, Frank Langella averts this hard in regards to Masters of the Universe. While admitting that he took the part of Skeletor for his son, he considers it one of his favorite roles.
Considering it took Disney 13 years to release Doug's 1st Movie onto DVD and then pretty much used the TV edit on the official DVD as opposed to the regular movie, it seems like the studio more or less feels this way towards that movie.
"Those weren’t the right people for me. I’m not talking about the cast. The cast was great. I’m talking about the political stuff that went on behind closed doors. It was a lot of above-the-line versus below-the-line, extras versus actors, producers versus P As. It was very elitist. I almost quit the business. I was 23 years old, and I was like, “F— this!” I am never putting myself in this situation again. People disrespecting me because they look at my number on a call sheet and they think I’m not important. F— you."
Irene Dunne disowned her earliest screen role as the female lead of Leathernecking, the lost movie version of the Rodgers and Hart musical Present Arms.
Tom Hardy says that, unless the right script comes along, This Means War has put him off doing romantic comedies for a long time. It didn't help that he didn't enjoy filming it.