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  • Alien³, to the point that after so many years, almost everyone involved is still ashamed when it's mentioned.
    • It was the first feature film directed by David Fincher, whose experience was so horrible that he refuses to talk about it to this day, and has rejected several attempts to speak on-record for documentaries. His only comment since then has been, "No one hated (the film) more than me. To this day, no one hates it more than me."
    • Producer David Giler had harsh words for the film in the DVD documentary "Wreckage and Rage", claiming that it wasn't that scary at all and that he regrets his participation. Notably, he attempted to leave the production at one point, but was forced back by a clause in Sigourney Weaver's contract. He and co-producer Walter Hill later abandoned Fincher midway through production and forced him to rewrite the script on the fly.
    • Lance Henriksen has gone on record as saying, "FUCK Alien³!!!" He didn't shy away from this view on the commentary and documentary "Wreckage and Rage" for the DVD and Blu-Ray, both featuring him declaring the film to be nihilistic, and the latter seeing him agree with fans that by the nature of the convicts being self-admitted murderers and rapists, it's hard to root for them, and finding Ripley sleeping with Clemens to be out-of-character for her.
    • Elliot Goldenthal admitted that the score wasn't his best work, stating that he only had a week-and-a-half to compose it due to the Troubled Production and had to rush through it without thinking of the quality.
    • On the flip side, Michael Biehn does regret how he handled what happened with Hicks and the use of a photo, saying had he known Fincher would become who he is, he'd have been more accommodating in the hopes of working with Fincher on a future film.
  • Alvin and the Chipmunks:
    • David Cross, who plays the main antagonist in the films, 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. This is the reason why he declined to reprise his role in The Road Chip.
    • Cameron Richardson, who played the love interest Claire in the first film, refused to do the sequels because she disliked the first movie.
  • The Amazing Spider-Man Series:
    • Andrew Garfield revealed that he's not proud of his title role in The Amazing Spider-Man Series, explaining in an interview with Amy Adams that he had been a fan of Spidey's since he was a toddler, but learned in production that story and character development are not always the studio's top priorities, with the whole experience leaving him heartbroken in the end.
    • Sally Field also had some choice words for The Amazing Spider-Man and its sequel when she appeared on The Howard Stern Show. She stated that she only did the first film as a favor to her friend, Laura Ziskin (who produced the film as her final project), and regretted the experience. She later said that it was "really hard to find a three-dimensional character" while playing Aunt May, and summarized her experience as trying to put "ten pounds of shit in a five-pound bag".
  • Batman & Robin:
    • George Clooney, Chris O'Donnell, Joel Schumacher, and Arnold Schwarzenegger have all expressed disappointment in the film.
    • Clooney even said in interviews that if anyone approaches him and says they saw the movie 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.
  • Battlefield Earth:
    • Forest Whitaker has publicly apologized for starring in the film. Then again, John Travolta was probably the only one who didn't regret starring in it.
    • 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!
  • Blues Brothers 2000: John Landis and Dan Aykroyd were unhappy with the changes Universal forced them to make on the film, and almost quit the project because of it.
  • Caddyshack II:
    • Chevy Chase is ashamed of his participation, which he only took part in as Warner Bros. 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." Even looking at his role in the film, he seems disinterested in being there.
    • Harold Ramis (who wrote and produced the original film) also hated the sequel; once again, he only participated after Warner Brothers continued to put pressure on him.
  • Both director Tinto Brass and writer turned politician Gore Vidal would like to forget about the horror that was Caligula and almost was Gore Vidal's 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.
  • Children of the Corn:
  • The Clan of the Cave Bear:
    • Daryl Hannah has said she is very glad that the low box office returns for the film meant adaptations 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.
  • Clash of the Titans: Sam Worthington and Gemma Arterton have both stated in interviews that they didn't like it, the latter so much that she refused to work on Wrath of the Titans.
  • Vanilla Ice doesn't care for Cool as Ice. Pretty much everyone involved, up to and including the director, has expressed regret over this film.
  • 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.
  • Harry Shearer and Michael McKean are both ashamed of a low-budget sketch film called Cracking Up they did back in the 70's.
  • Daredevil:
    • Stan Lee has disowned the film, despite the fact that he only had a cameo in it.
    • As pointed out in his own entry, Ben Affleck 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).
  • 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 DeVito flew in to film his scenes rather than interact with anyone, Kristin Davis was basically doing a depressing re-enactment of her character Charlotte from Sex and the City, and Matthew Broderick could be found on set shaking his head in disbelief, repeatedly stating "I've hit rock bottom."
  • Don's Plum: Leonardo DiCaprio and Tobey Maguire sued to prevent the release of the film and won a partial success; the film can't be shown commercially in the United States or Canada.
  • Dragonball Evolution:
    • Ben Ramsey apologized for writing the screenplay for this film, calling it a painful creative point in his life.
    • James Marsters, Piccolo's actor, said the final product wasn't very good.
  • Stars Daniel Craig and Rachel Weisz, and director Jim Sheridan, disowned the finished product of Dream House, with none of them going out to promote the film after Sheridan clashed with the film's executive producer James G. Robinson throughout the production.
  • Both Jack Black and Ben Stiller have both publicly apologized for starring in Envy.
  • Fantastic Four (2015):
    • Josh Trank denounced the film before it even came out, saying his vision was ruined due to studio interference. When Fantastic Four co-creator Stan Lee died in 2018, Trank publicly apologized for failing Lee and blamed himself for not giving the legend the chance to see a good Fantastic Four movie.
    • Michael B. Jordan has also said that the film was not as good as he hoped it would be. During an interview for Black Panther (2018), he saw his performance in that film as a way of atoning for his involvement in Fox's movie.
    • Kate Mara stated that she hasn't even seen the final product, and that "nobody saw it" while doing press interviews promoting The Martian.
    • Toby Kebbell (Doctor Doom) stated that he understood how the fans felt, and wondered if the poor reception hurt his career.
    • On top of that, Marvel Comics disowned the movie, putting up Howard the Duck on its website and not this movie. They wanted nothing to do with the movie that they went so far as to cancel the comic (granted, for story reasons).
    • Screenwriter Jeremy Slater apologized to the fans on Twitter for his involvement in the film.
  • Both Ginger Rogers and Carol Channing disliked The First Traveling Saleslady, saying it was "a terrible picture". They also jokingly referred to it as "death of a sales lady".


  • The Master of Disguise:
    • Brent Spiner sarcastically called it a "classic" on Twitter.
    • Dino Stamtopolous, who helped produce the film, also regrets making it and blames Adam Sandler for the final product.
  • Natalie Wood hated Meteor, along with most of the cast involved with the film.
  • Yeardley Smith is still extremely embarrassed by Maximum Overdrive. So is Stephen King, who called the film a "moron movie." Thus far, it has remained his only attempt at directing.
  • The Meaning of Life:
    • John Cleese wasn't pleased with, stating that "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.
  • Movie 43:
    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 cast from 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!
  • Mr. Woodcock:
    • Seann William Scott and Billy Bob Thornton were both disdainful about their time making the film.
    • Director Craig Gillespie also hated the end result, due to last-minute reshoots done with another director (said director went uncredited, leaving Gillespie to take the blame).
  • Muppets from Space:
    • Joey Mazzarino, one of the writers, dubbed working on the film "a miserable experience" in an interview with Tough Pigs. Specifically, his draft of the script was very parody-heavy, with references to Men in Black, Contact, and Alien. Then the original director for the film, Randal Kleiser, was fired and replaced by Tim Hill - who Joey said was "a very nice guy" and "did a decent job", but he wanted to remove all of the references and change the ending. You see, in Joey's original draft, it was going to be revealed that Gonzo wasn't actually an alien, the aliens that were trying to contact him had been getting the signal of The Muppet Show and they made themselves look like Gonzo because they believed that he was the ultimate being. Joey admitted that the new ending with Gonzo actually being an alien "bugs the crap out of me."
    • Frank Oz said in a 2000 interview that the film was "not the movie we wanted it to be."
  • Dan Aykroyd, John Belushi, and Richard D. Zanuck have all confessed that they didn't care for Neighbors, mostly due to its post-production problems.
  • What do Harlan Ellison and Tony Bennett have in common? Well, yes, but more to the point they both dispised The Oscar (the former's only movie credit, the latter's only movie as an actor).
  • Private Resort (1985): Rob Morrow and Johnny Depp apparently swore a pact to eradicate every copy of the film 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.
  • Robin Askwith and Carol Drinkwater were both ashamed to be in Queen Kong.
  • Both Chris Columbus and Daryl Hannah have less than warm feelings about 1984's Reckless (which he wrote and she starred in).
  • RoboCop 3: Nancy Allen and Fred Dekker aren't fond of the film. Allen didn't want to do the movie in the first place and only did it for the fans, and even agreed with them that the move to PG-13 and going ahead without waiting for Peter Weller to come back were mistakes. While he doesn't regret the process of making it, Dekker does regret the final product, both as a Creator Killer, and because he wished he had more money and also agrees that the move to PG-13 was a mistake.
  • Scooby-Doo:
    • Although Freddie Prinze Jr. and Sarah Michelle Gellar's kids greatly enjoyed seeing their parents play Fred and Daphne, Prinze and Gellar don't think of the experience very fondly themselves. Among other things, Gellar hated wearing Daphne's trademark go-go boots. Prinze hated wearing Fred's trademark ascot and had to shave his head after filming because the blonde dye ruined his hair.
    • Linda Cardellini (Velma) states that she felt that the final cut of the film could've been adjusted a bit more.
    • Originally played straight but later averted with Matthew Lillard. Originally Lillard stated he regretted working on the live action films as it seemed to ruin his movie career, but once he became the full time voice of Shaggy in the cartoons following Casey Kasem's retirement in 2009, he's since changed his mind, and now thanks the movies for leading into a consistent role for him to play.
  • Shadow Conspiracy: Linda Hamilton said in an interview that she thought her work in the film was "mediocre as hell", but admits that the movie was "really bad, really bad". Charlie Sheen also hates the movie as well.
  • Shallow Hal is also an old shame for both Gwyneth Paltrow (who stated that she didn't care for it) and 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.
  • Most of the people who worked on Skidoo hated it. Otto Preminger and his family even refused to release it after its theatrical run.
  • Son of the Mask:
    • Jamie Kennedy has admitted that he was personally affected by the negative critical response to the film, 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.
    • Kal Penn called it a terrible movie while promoting The Namesake. It didn't help that they forced him to do an Indian accent.
  • Star Trek: Nemesis:
    • As stated in his own entry, Tom Hardy has repeatedly said that the film (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), also spoken negatively about the film. Though Sirtis also said that Nemesis wasn't as bad as Star Trek: Insurrection, claiming she fell asleep during its premiere.
  • Star Wars:
  • Superman IV: The Quest for Peace:
    • Christopher Reeve was deeply ashamed of his last outing as the Man of Steel. 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.
  • Super Mario Bros.:
    • Whenever anyone asked Bob Hoskins what his biggest regret about his film career was, he replied "Super Mario Bros." without hesitation. Hoskins stated he only took the role of Mario for the sake of one of his sons who was a huge Mario fan; unfortunately, the film ended up being an extremely unpleasant experience for Hoskins. He was quoted as saying the production "was a fuckin' nightmare" and the Control Freak directors were "fuckin' idiots".
    • John Leguizamo wasn't fond of the movie either. He also wasn't fond of The Pest. In fact, if you read his book, Pimps, Ho's, Playa Hatas, and the Rest of my Hollywood Friends, there's a lot of movies he's not proud of!
      • Leguizamo however also said that while he knows the movie is terrible, the fact that years later people still remember it means that it at least meant something to a lot of people, regardless of quality. He also has fond memories of making it and working with Hopper and Hoskins despite the production issues.
    • That Dennis Hopper (who admitted the paycheck was his only motivation) also had bad things to say about the film, its directors (whose careers went down the pipes) and the Troubled Production, is not surprising.
    Dennis Hopper: "I made a picture called Super Mario Bros., and my six-year-old son at the time — he's now 18 — he said, 'Dad, I think you're probably a pretty good actor, but why did you play that terrible guy King Koopa in Super Mario Bros.?' and I said, 'Well Henry, I did that so you could have shoes,' and he said, 'Dad, I don't need shoes that badly.'"
    • And on top of that, Nintendo was upset by the final version of the film, which was one of the biggest bombs of 1993, and instituted a policy that barred any more theatrical adaptations of their properties outside of Pokemon, which they supervised; this actually stomped a move from the film's distributor to introduce Nintendo into their world. In fact, it did a lot of damage to relations between Disney and Nintendo (to the point where Nintendo's theme park contract went to Disney's chief rival Universal 22 years later—think about that), though that appears to have mellowed a bit in recent years, with Bowser appearing in Disney's Wreck-It Ralph as a minor character.

  • This is reportedly the case for Matthew McConaughey and Renée Zellweger in Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Next Generation. They were both struggling actors at the time and needed the cash, but McConaughey was reportedly so embarrassed at having appeared in the film he attempted to block its release.
  • To Rome with Love:
    • Ellen Page admitted on her Facebook that the movie was "the biggest mistake of my career" due to knowing about the sexual assault allegations against Woody Allen and taking the role anyway.
    • In a Op-Ed with Aaron Sorkin for the New York Times in January 2018 , Greta Gerwig also regretted being in the movie saying that had she known about the allegations back then compared to now, she would've never done the movie. Greta concluded she'll never work with Woody Allen ever again.
  • Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen:
    • After the overwhelmingly negative reception of the film, director Michael Bay himself publicly apologized for it, 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.
  • 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 amassed. The only people who seem to 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.
  • Wild Wild West:
    • In a 2009 interview, Will Smith apologized to Robert Conrad for making it.
    • Barry Sonnenfeld, Kevin Kline, Salma Hayek, and even the majority of people at Warner Bros. regret doing the film as well. Hayek, in particular, felt she was being underused and Kline felt he was too good of an actor to make the movie.
  • X-Men Origins: Wolverine:
    • Ryan Reynolds has stated that he's not a fan of the film, despite probably being the best thing about it. While doing early promotion for Deadpool (2016), he made sure to distance it from the Wolverine prequel and reiterate that the new film is a complete Continuity Reboot. In the sequel's coda, Deadpool goes back in time and kills the other Wade Wilson.
    • Hugh Jackman isn't proud of the film either, 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.
    • While promoting Doctor Strange (2016), Scott Adkins said he regretted ever playing Weapon XI/Deadpool, and that he was just doing what Fox told him to.


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