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- 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, the writer and the artist (whose names are all intentionally scribbled out) agreeing just to stop the article, even though they had only covered the first twenty minutes of the film.
- Zach Galifianakis says that he has few regrets in his life, but wishes that he hadn't signed on to do sequels to The Hangover.
- 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 she only did that movie because it was in her contract thanks to Daredevil.
- Janeane Garofalo on The Truth About Cats & Dogs: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.
- Sarah Michelle Gellar has stated that she doesn't like Simply Irresistible any more than most other people who've seen it.
- Mel Gibson:
- He was so ashamed of his role in The Million Dollar Hotel that he fought to prevent it from being released to theaters in the U.S.
- He also wasn't too keen on his role in The River, which he felt he was miscast for.
- 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 of starring in Theodore Rex, which Goldberg tried to walk out of after reading the script, but was forced to stay on after its studio threatened her with a lawsuit.
- Matthew Goode:
- Kelsey Grammer apparently hated The New Jersey Turnpikes so much that he bought the rights to keep the film from being released.
- Hugh Grant has admitted that he regretted doing the film Nine Months, because it was distributed by 20th Century Fox, which is owned by News Corporation, the same company which owned News of the World, whose demise via the phone hacking scandal was helped along by Grant. He said that he would never work with the studio ever again.
- James Gunn isn't a fan of The Specials, especially seeing as he clashed with Jamie Kennedy and the director, Craig Mazin, on the set of the movie.
- Gunn also regrets a series of tweets he made in 2008 which initially led to Disney severing all ties with him and firing him from directing Guardians of the Galaxy 3 prior to being reinstated as director later.
- Jackie Earle Haley not only dislikes The Bad News Bears Go To Japan, but considers it the worst movie ever made.
- Larry Hankin is not a fan of Billy Madison. He mainly disliked it because he didn't like the type of humor used in the movie, he didn't find Adam Sandler very appealing as a person (saying he found him too crude and immature), and his friend was fired from the movie.
- Tom Hanks:
- He felt this way about his film debut in a Slasher Movie called He Knows You're Alone, as stated in interviews many years later.
- He also poked fun at starring in The Terminal while hosting Saturday Night Live.
- Hanks also felt this way about Bachelor Party, Dragnet, and pretty much every other comedy film made during his "starving artist" phase of the '80s (Splash and Big being obvious exceptions!). There's a reason Tom Hanks Syndrome is named for him.
- When asked in an interview what film he wished he could remove from his resume, his response was The Man with One Red Shoe. He even went as far as calling it a dog.
Not a very good movie. It doesnt have any real, clear focus to it. It isnt about anything particularly that you can honestly understand. It made no money at all.
- When Tom Hanks was asked in a 1989 interview with Playboy to give his thoughts on The Man With One Red Shoe, he had this to say:
- Daryl Hannah has never seen Wall Street. She said in an interview that it was a "rough experience" and she and Oliver Stone had an "unhealthy working relationship". At the time of filming she accused Stone of being a misogynist. She said "film is a collaborate medium. Sometimes you hook up with people you don't collaborate well with."
- When asked in a 2010 interview with ''The Guardian'' what the lowest point in her career was, Daryl said it was starring in a bunch of Direct to Video movies in the 2000s, which she only did for the cash:
- Marcia Gay Harden doesn't speak highly about her role in Spy Hard. She doesn't even include it on her official website.
- Actor and Youtuber Brandon Hardesty, known for his Youtube reenactments and the documentary series No Small Parts, admits he is not proud of Bucky Larson Born To Be A Star and even said he walked out of it halfway through and went to see Contagion instead.
- Tom Hardy:
- Hardy has never been charitable about Star Trek: Nemesis (as explained in the "Multiple Examples" section), as the film's poor box office performance and critical drubbing stalled out his career for a long time and made him feel suicidal.
- He has stated in interviews that, unless the right script comes along, This Means War (2012) has put him off doing romantic comedies for a long time. It didn't help that he didn't enjoy filming it.
- Ethan Hawke:
- He admits that Taking Lives was "terrible", but said that he enjoyed working with Angelina Jolie and described her as the best actress he kissed on film.
- He also severely dissed Great Expectations, calling it a "lousy experience". He added that he felt he had been talked into making this film, something he realized about a month into shooting which was then too late for him to pull out. Incidentally the film's director, Alfonso Cuarón, expressed nearly identical regrets about the film, later calling it "a complete failed film" and also saying he should not have allowed himself to be talked into making it.
- 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.
- Walter Hill distanced himself from the experience of making Supernova, eventually creating the name "Thomas Lee" to avoid his involvement.
- Alfred Hitchcock called his 1948 film Rope "an experiment that didn't work out" before disowning it. (Based on the play of the same name, was trying to capture the feel of a theatrical play with a movie, and shot the 80-minute movie in real-time. The movie was made with only ten takes, and some of them lasted over ten minutes.
- Dustin Hoffman was critical about the finished product on Sphere. Given that pre-production was so extensive that it allowed him and director Barry Levinson to make the much more liked Wag the Dog (which even got Hoffman an Oscar nom!), it's not hard to blame him.
- Anthony Hopkins revealed he never should've reprised his role as Hannibal Lecter in both Hannibal and Red Dragon.
- Dennis Hopper hated The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2 but admitted that he enjoyed his time on the set. He later said playing King Koopa in Super Mario Bros. ruined his career.
- Anthony Horowitz believed it was a "mistake" to adapt Stormbreaker, and has no plans to adapt the rest of the Alex Rider series to film.
- Bob Hoskins regretted Super Mario Bros., as recounted in an interview with The Guardian in 2011:Interviewer: What is the worst job you've done?
Bob Hoskins: Super Mario Brothers.
Interviewer: What has been your biggest disappointment?
Bob Hoskins: Super Mario Brothers.
Interviewer: If you could edit your past, what would you change?
Bob Hoskins: I wouldn't do Super Mario Brothers.
- Moe Howard would sometimes refer to Snow White and the Three Stooges as "a Technicolor mistake."
- 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).
- Jeremy Irons:
- Katherine Isabelle has stated on multiple occasions that she didn't like Freddy vs. Jason. She also didn't get along with Director Ronny Yu, stating that he tried to force her to do nude scenes against her will.
- On top of its Troubled Production, Donald G. Jackson openly hated his first movie, The Demon Lover, from its inception since its occult themes strongly went against his Christian viewpoints. Don claimed that he only made the movie out of peer pressure by co-director Jerry Younkins who saw how popular demonic horror films were during the '70s and wouldn't finance his first picture otherwise. Up until his death in 2003, Don would frequently claim Demon Lover was a parody of horror films of the time, even though a quick viewing of the movie would say otherwise.
- Samuel L. Jackson regrets his film debut, Together For Days. When asked about it, he says he's glad most people haven't seen it.
- Victoria Jackson (best remembered for playing Dumb Blonde characters on Saturday Night Live) appeared naked in Casual Sex (with Lea Thompson). Jackson is a conservative Christian. She is not very proud of being in that movie.
- Taliesin Jaffe, a much-beloved anime scriptwriter and director (known for the Hellsing dubs), and a small internet sensation through his character on Critical Role, started as a child actor. Most notably, he was in Mr. Mom as Kenny - the kid with The Woobie. When the Woobie is brought up as a joke on Critical Role, he shakes his head and says, "We do not use the "W" word."
- Elton John was not a fan of the The Lion King (2019) remake, despite having provided a song for it. He said that he felt like the movie "sucked the joy and magic of the original" and wasn't fond of how they used his and Rice's music.
- Dakota Johnson on Fifty Shades of Grey"I watch it every night... when I want to go to sleep."
- Angelina Jolie doesn't have anything good to say about Cyborg 2, revealing that after she saw that movie, it made her get sick after heading back to her home.
- Given her decade-plus long career as an extremely capable Action Girl, Milla Jovovich prefers people not think too hard about 1991's Return to The Blue Lagoon. She also hated Ultraviolet. Can you blame her?
- Director Mathieu Kassovitz disowned Babylon A.D., blaming 20th Century Fox for denying him control of the project and demanding a series of cuts.
- In an interview with David Letterman in 1982, Andy Kaufman admitted that he was ashamed to be in the 1981 film Heartbeeps.
- Animator David Kcenich admitted on Facebook that he doesn't think too highly of Cool World and blamed the film's not being very good on its Troubled Production."I actually worked on it. Sure it was bad and had a ton of problems with the story but there are so many behind the scene problems that lead to it being so bad. Despite all the negative comments about Ralph Bakshi he gave a lot of artists their first break into an industry that was in a state of flux in The '90s. There were story issues and so many changes and budget problems that it's a surprising it even got released. There was so much really good animation cut out from the original version after the rating change. The working conditions were horrible. I actually worked in a closet for most of the film. Half the crew was gone when the whole Super Hero guy was added to the ending. Sure Ralph had issues and studio conflicts but he gave an unemployed artist a job when he was about to give up his dream of being an animator. Sure it was difficult explaining the plot to my family and I did tell them not to see it but before you tear into a film just remember there might be some behind the scene shit that lead to it being the way it is. It is hard to sit through I agree but there is some really good animation in it. It's really bad but it isn't the worst."
- 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 was an avowed atheist. People coming up to her and praising her work in said movie was a Berserk Button for her.
- Nicole Kidman said this of Australia: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.
- If you want to embarrass her, mention BMX Bandits.
- Stephen King made Maximum Overdrive because after all the film adaptations of his work, he had come to believe only he should direct adaptations of his work. His trailer for the film promised it would be the best adaptation yet and would terrify audiences. Unfortunately, the film was poorly received. He initially tried to double back and claim it was meant to be a parody, but later admitted that the film really wasn't that good, and it only served to prove he can mess up just as bad as other directors.
- 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).
- Tommy Kirk regrets most of the films he appeared in toward the end of his career, notably Mars Needs Women, calling it "undoubtedly one of the stupidest motion pictures ever made. How I got talked into it, I don't know." He also said of Its A Bikini World, "It was... basically the end of my career, one of the worst pieces of shit that I've ever been in in my life. I can't believe that I could be so stupid. Poor Deborah Walley, poor me." He says he only did the films because he had spent all his money on drugs.
- Kris Kristofferson was scornful about his role in No Place to Hide. When fans asked him about this film, he would told them that he doesn't remember even shooting it.
- While German pop star Daniel Küblböck has mixed feelings about his early musical work, he's been far more scathing of his first (and so far, only) starring role, Daniel: Der Zauberer, which he described as "the worst movie ever made" in an interview five years after its release.
- 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.
- Mila Kunis has stated that she's not proud of Santa with Muscles and American Psycho 2: All American Girl.
- Ashton Kutcher admitted in Esquire that he made some poor choices."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."
- Shia LaBeouf has said that he didn't like Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps or Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull.
- 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.
- Jessica Lange revealed in an interview that she didn't like Hush, acknowledging it as a "piece of shit".
- She also severly dissed Losing Isaiah, claiming that she talked herself into doing this film as she hadn't worked in awhile, and knew that the entire result of it didn't feel right.
- Andy Lau publicly apologized for making the movie Switch, and stated that his biggest flaw is his inability to discern whether or not a script is crappy.
- Laurel and Hardy didn't speak too highly of their later films for 20th Century Fox and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer. Laurel in particular was displeased with the lack of creative input he had on the movies. Hardy did seem to at least enjoy 1943's Jitterbugs, as he reportedly included it among his top five favorite movies.
- Laurel also didn't enjoy his experience on Atoll K, the duo's final movie. The chaotic production was only made worse when Laurel became quite ill in the middle of shooting. He later described the film as "an abortion."
- Jude Law has admitted in interviews that he didn't enjoy the remake of Alfie.
- Before the release of Winter's Bone, a teenage Jennifer Lawrence starred in a crappy, generic horror film called House at the End of the Street. It sat on The Shelf of Movie Languishment until three years later when The Hunger Games became a massive box office success and the studio decided to release it to capitalize on Lawrence's newfound fame. While she didn't promote the film and is clearly ashamed of it (and with good reason), the studio's plan worked as House was a box office success solely because of Lawrence.
- 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.
- Denis Leary:
- He said the following about the Ice Age franchise on his Twitter:National debt now equals $160,000 per American family. Do you know what that means? Time for Ice Age 5, 6 and 7.
- While promoting The Amazing Spider-Man on The Daily Show in 2012, he jokingly referred to Ice Age: Continental Drift as "Ice Age 12".
- He also isn't fond of Operation: Dumbo Drop, Demolition Man, or Two If By Sea.
- 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:
- He said the following about the Ice Age franchise on his Twitter:
- According to interviews, Christopher Lee actually apologized to director Joe Dante while they were making Gremlins 2: The New Batch for his participation in Howling II: Your Sister is a Werewolf (aka The Howling 2: Stirba-Werewolf Bitch), the sequel to the director's The Howling.
- 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."
- John Lennon hated Help! when he looked back on it. In fact, the band as a whole wasn't too fond of the end product, feeling they were extras in their own movie.
- Thomas Lennon and Robert Ben Garant said that most of their films were not meant to be Oscar-worthy (they wouldn't make any money that way) and have little artistic value, but thought that Herbie: Fully Loaded doesn't speak for them as they grew tired with an executive who made strange demands (such as a request that Herbie be able to smile) and distanced themselves from it during production. They also admitted that Taxi didn't go very well either, although they were perplexed because the movie performed well in test screenings.
- Jerry Lewis:
- He 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.
- Lewis has also said that Hollywood or Bust is the only one of his movies that he refused to watch, due to the sad memories of his feud with costar and comedy partner Dean Martin during production.
- For How Did You Get In? We Didn't See You Leave, he stated that as long as he had control over distribution, the film and another that he made in Europe would never get a US release (no word has emerged since his passing).
- Astrid Lindgren was dissatisfied with the 1949 film adaptation of Pippi Longstocking due to Viveca Serlachius, then 26 years old, playing the eponymous 9-year-old character and how her stories were changed. As such, Lindgren would scripting most of the later film adaptations of her works.
- In response to a fan who mentioned watching I Know Who Killed Me two times, one of Lindsay Lohan's posts on Twitter was "two times too many".
- Jon Lovitz revealed that he and the rest of cast didn't enjoy making Trapped in Paradise. They jokingly referred to it as "Trapped in Bullshit".
- Linda Lovelace, the famous '70s porn star, went on to become an anti-pornography activist who regarded her entire porn career as this. She stated that she was coerced into doing porn by her abusive husband Chuck Traynor, including being forced to perform sex acts on a dog, and that she had a gun pointed at her head on the set of Deep Throat (her most famous film) and was, for all intents and purposes, being raped during the production of that film.
- For the longest time, Rob Lowe did not acknowledge the film Tommy Boy, to the point of leaving it off of his resume. When the film became a Cult Classic though is only when he became more willing to admit to his role in the film.
- Natasha Lyonne once said (in a 2001 Teen People interview) that her appearance on Pee-wee's Playhouse as a little girl was this for her.