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  • Madonna would just as soon people forget her first movie, A Certain Sacrifice. She also tried to prevent it from being released which she made before she became famous.
  • Michael Madsen hasn't got good things to say about Species II (the original, on the other hand, he says it's one of the few actual good movies he worked on). He also hated BloodRayne. Can you blame him?
  • Virginia Madsen has stated in interviews that she had a negative experience making her film debut, Class.
  • Rooney Mara:
  • Cheech Marin revealed that Picking Up The Pieces was the worst film he ever did, and said the only reason he did the movie was to get to work with Woody Allen.
  • 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.
    • Groucho Marx didn't think much of the team's last three movies for Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer - At the Circus, Go West, and The Big Store. At the very least, Groucho did seem to enjoy "Lydia, the Tattooed Lady," a song from At the Circus that he continued to use as part of his repertoire for years.
    • Groucho only agreed to do Love Happy, a vehicle for his other brothers, because the producers refused to finance it unless all three Marx Brothers were featured. He gave the film no mention in his autobiography Groucho and Me.
  • Joseph Mazzello, who played Tim in Jurassic Park, apparently gets rather annoyed if one mentions the role to him, according to David Fincher (who directed him in The Social Network).
  • Kelly McGillis despises her work in Cat Chaser and said that she did not have a good experience making the film.
  • Rose McGowan didn't particularly care for Monkeybone saying that, if Henry Selick hadn't been fired half way through making the movie, it would've been much better.
  • Ewan McGregor wasn't a fan of his performance in Emma.
  • The Mummy (2017) is this for one of its screenwriters, Christopher McQuarrie. He even flat told someone to never emulate it or write anything like it when they asked for writing advice, very bluntly saying “Don’t write The Mummy”.
  • Eva Mendes calls Exit Wounds a terrible movie, after learning that her lines were dubbed by another actress when the producers told her that her voice didn't sound intelligent enough.
  • Ethel Merman, in her memoirs, refused to discuss her part in the 1938 Ritz Brothers movie Straight Place and Show.
  • 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.
  • Dudley Moore wasn't keen about Arthur 2: On the Rocks, eventually disowning that film by viewing it as a failure.
  • 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. He also hated scenes where Bond is chauvinistic or sleeps with a woman a fraction of his age.
    • He also didn't like The Quest, saying that it was his least favorite of all the films he made.
  • Rick Moranis:
    • He got an apparent wake-up call after doing the 1996 bomb Big Bully, which led to him going on a lengthy hiatus to raise his children due to his wife's death years before.
      On the last couple of movies I made-big-budget Hollywood movies — I really missed being able to create my own material. In the early movies I did, I was brought in to basically rewrite my stuff, whether it was Ghostbusters or Spaceballs''. By the time I got to the point where I was “starring” in movies, and I had executives telling me what lines to say, that wasn't for me. I’m really not an actor. I’m a guy who comes out of comedy, and my impetus was always to rewrite the line to make it funnier, not to try to make somebody’s precious words work.
    • He also hated doing Streets of Fire mainly because he wasn't allowed to improvise.
    • He wasn't a fan of Ghostbusters II, either.
  • Chloe Grace Moretz has expressed regret over her participation in I Love You, Daddy, conceding that in hindsight, a movie about an aging director seducing a teenager is not the sort of story Hollywood should be telling right now. She has openly expressed her hope that the film will remain shelved indefinitely.
  • In an interview in the book The Anatomy of Fear: Conversations with Cult Horror and Science Fiction Film Creators, Glen Morgan had little nice to say about his experience writing and directing Black Christmas (2006), insisting that there was so much Executive Meddling from the Weinstein brothers that they may as well have been the film's real creators.
  • Kate Mulgrew expressed regret for providing her voice for the documentary centered on Geocentricism entitled The Principle. As she doesn't believe in said topic, she made a public statement explaining that she was a voice-for-hire, and a misinformed one at that.
  • Bill Murray admitted that, on account of his mistaking of Joel Cohen (writer of Cheaper by the Dozen and Money Talksnote ) for Joel Coen (writer of The Big Lebowski and Fargo), he regrets lending his voice to the 2004 movie Garfield.
  • While promoting Coming to America, Eddie Murphy 'fessed up to hating Best Defense and The Golden Child; since he later refused to do any promotion for The Adventures of Pluto Nash, it's safe to say he has no warm feelings for this one either (a view shared by Alec Baldwin, who took his name off the credits). He also hates Beverly Hills Cop III as he felt it ruined the character of Axel Foley and he admitted that money was his main motivation for doing that film in the first place. In fact, he's spoken negatively about all his pre-Nutty Professor films from the 90s. Besides Beverly Hills Cop III, he has disowned Vampire in Brooklyn, also an Old Shame of director Wes Craven. Murphy also admitted by regretting he did Holy Man when he appeared on a talk show.

  • Paul Newman:
    • His 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". On the bright side, the contractually obligated When Time Ran Out... provided him with the seed money to start Newman's Own, his successful charity and food business, which he is far less ashamed of.
  • Thomas Ian Nicholas has said this about A Kid In Aladdin's Palace, and said the part with him on a flying carpet was particularly embarrassing.
  • Edward Norton never wanted to be in The Italian Job (2003), and only did so because it was part of a contract with Paramount that had landed him the role of his much more acclaimed Fight Club. Even then, he might have turned it down if he hadn't been threatened with a lawsuit.

  • David O. Russell disowned Accidental Love which is initially his 2008 failed project, Nailed. He even used the Alan Smithee approach to distance himself from it. Everyone who read the synopsis and watched the film understood his decision.
  • Rosie O Donnell disliked the final result of Exit to Eden, calling it "terrible" and refused to go promote the film.
  • Actor Miles O'Keefe considers the Ator trilogy, one of which was The Blade Master, as an embarrassment. There's a rumor that, when he learned that Mystery Science Theater 3000 mocked the movie under its "Cave Dwellers" title, he offered the crew to a drink on him if they ever met. When a viewer of the TNT monster movie block Monstervision requested the trilogy, the host told them that the last time they aired the trilogy, Miles wrote them, politely letting them know that he considered the movies an embarrassment and to please not air them again. They complied.

  • Ellen Page admitted on her Facebook that To Rome with Love was "the biggest mistake of my career" due to knowing about the sexual assault allegations against Woody Allen and taking the role anyway. In the same post, she also describes her unpleasant experience working on X-Men: The Last Stand, particularly the homophobic and misogynistic remarks made by director Brett Ratner, who outed her as gay to the cast and crew (she wouldn't come out publicly until 2014).
  • Gwyneth Paltrow has said that she hates View from the Top, calling it terrible. She hated Shallow Hal, only doing it for money and hating having to wear a fat suit.
  • Jessica Pare segued from playing roles in respected Canadian indie films like Lost and Delirious and co-starring in the prestigious series Jack & Bobby... to spending her entire role in the first Hot Tub Time Machine naked and having sex with one of the characters, and even being showcased in a redband trailer doing nothing but showing off her large breasts. Her next role after this ... Megan Draper in Mad Men, the same year. Take a wild guess which role she likely isn't going to be talking much about in years to come.
  • Alan Parker admitted he didn't want to direct Pink Floyd The Wall. The Troubled Production where Roger Waters tried to Wag the Director didn't help matters, leading Parker to describe the movie as "the most expensive student film ever made".
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Chris Pine has stated in at least one interview that he felt his work on Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit could've been better.
  • 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.
  • Pixar doesn't have a high enough opinion of Cars 2 to make any direct reference to its events whatsoever in Cars 3. Weirdly, this ended up causing a bit of a Plot Hole in regards to Character Development on the parts of Lightning McQueen and Tow Mater.
  • It shouldn't be surprising that Donald Pleasence once declared Puma Man the worst movie he ever took part in.
  • Iggy Pop didn't care for Snow Day, saying that having to do a scene where he stuck his hand in a toilet bowl made him quit acting for a while.
  • Michelle Pfeiffer is this towards Grease 2 which, despite being her breakout role, nearly cost her a part in Scarface (1983). She does like to joke about it however, saying she showed it to her kids and they turned it off after twenty minutes. I Could Never Be Your Woman is borderline as, while she views it as a disappointment, she says she still enjoyed making it.
  • Freddie Prinze Jr. told Movieline magazine that he could not stand Wing Commander.

  • Daniel Radcliffe has stated that he is not a fan of the first two Harry Potter movies, finding them hard to watch due to the embarrassment he feels of his younger self's acting. But he actually feels that the sixth film is the one featuring his worst performance.
  • Sam Raimi:
    • He disowned Crimewave due to 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.
  • Ronald Reagan had nothing good to say about the 1947 film "That Hagen Girl"note ; to the point that when Reagan entered politics, nearly all prints were suppressed - not returning until after Reagan's time as President ended (during this period; Reagan was hospitalized with viral pneumonia after repeated takes of a scene in which Reagan dove into a river during a storm to save Temple's character from a suicide attempt. Also not helping Reagan's opinion of the film was the fact his marriage was under strain {first wife Jane Wyman had lost their youngest child, daughter Christine, shortly after birth in June 1947 - shortly before the film's November release - which contributed to their marriage collapsing})
  • Before Superman IV (covered in the "Multiple Creators" section), 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 sadly didn't turn out much better.
  • Keanu Reeves has said that he 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.
  • Jeremy Renner:
    • He had nothing but disdain about making Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters and found the production such a negative experience that he took a sabbatical from acting for a short time afterwards. People noted that he looked miserable while promoting the film.
    • He had a bad time making The Avengers, as he felt he was misled about how much screen time and characterization Hawkeye would be getting. He even joked about offering to be killed off during filming so that he could get out of the movie.
  • Ryan Reynolds says he didn't have a good time making Green Lantern, and Deadpool even contains a couple of Take Thats to it. Deadpool 2 even contains a post-credits scene where Deadpool goes back in time to kill Reynolds before he accepts the script for Green Lantern.
  • Christina Ricci has said she dislikes Casper, saying she only did the film as a chance to act.
  • 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).
  • Molly Ringwald has stated that she would very much like to forget the 1988 teen pregnancy film For Keeps ever existed, feeling that it glamorized teen pregnancy.
  • Jean Rollin, best known as a writer/director of surreal horror films, also directed a string of pornographic films under pseudonyms in the mid-seventies through the eighties. He enjoyed the process of making the films because of the people he worked with note , but didn't like the films themselves, with Phantasmes (aka Once Upon A Virgin) being his only film in the genre that he liked enough to put his own name on.
  • 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.
  • Emmy Rossum says that, while she does not regret making it, she did not care for Dragonball Evolution. She even said that, while she was filming it, she got drunk and had to watch various TV shows to find something more entertaining than the movie she was making.
  • Mickey Rourke:
    • He 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.
  • Paul Rudd isn't proud of his first film, Halloween: The Curse of Michael Myers. Although he feels the film could have been good if it followed Daniel Farrands' original script, he found the final product to be very poor and allegedly offers a refund to anyone who says they paid to see it.
  • Shortly after Babe Ruth signed with the New York Yankees, he was asked to star in a film chronicling his story called Headin' Home. He didn't have fond memories of Headin' Home due his teammates and coaches making fun of him for showing up to batting practice covered in makeup. His paycheck also bounced after it flopped at the box office.

  • Adam Sandler's official website's filmography page doesn't include Going Overboard, and when it airs on pay cable Sandler's name isn't even mentioned in the guide listings for the film.
  • Rob Schneider said that he only did movies like The Reef because his friend works on them. He also didn't care for Deuce Bigalow: European Gigolo, which became a Star-Derailing Role for Schneider in part to him engaging in verbal fights with Roger Ebert and fellow critic Patrick Goldstein in defending the film. (He later reconciled with Ebert.)
  • Arnold Schwarzenegger:
    • His 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!
    • In a weird case of being ashamed of a film he wasn't even directly involved with, he has also made mention that he regrets allowing Terminator Salvation to use his likeness as a prototype terminator, being thankful he turned down an offer for a direct cameo and claiming "it sucked."
  • The main reason Paul Scofield (of A Man for All Seasons fame) did so few films was his experience with The Train (1964). The film saw director Arthur Penn being fired halfway through shooting (replaced by John Frankenheimer), a Troubled Production that ran drastically over schedule and budget, and Scofield did not warm to costar Burt Lancaster. Afterwards Scofield stuck mostly to stage work.
  • Seann William Scott said a guest appearance on the TV series Sweet Valley High back in the 90s was this for him, to the point that it's not even on his resume.
  • 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.
  • Dr. Seuss strongly disliked The 5000 Fingers of Dr. T, a film based on an idea and script he had conceived. Noting extensive Executive Meddling as well as its poor performance in theaters, he referred to the film as a debaculous fiasco. No mention of it is made in his memoirs.
  • Michael Shannon stated (during press interviews for Man of Steel) that he wished he'd never been in Kangaroo Jack, and found the kangaroo rapping and beatboxing very scary.
  • 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.
  • Several years afterwards, Charlie Sheen said that watching his cameo near the end of Ferris Bueller's Day Off made him want to punch himself in the mouth. He also called 1987's Three for the Road "a piece of shit that I wished didn't exist and that I was terrible in".
  • Brooke Shields:
    • She has some regret towards The Blue Lagoon, disliking being seen as a sex symbol at the age of fourteen. The pressure of that was one of the reasons she didn't lose her virginity until she was twenty-two.
    • Averted with the film Pretty Baby. Despite the controversy around itnote , she has called it "a beautiful movie" and is proud to have done it.
  • Will Smith felt that After Earth was an even bigger embarassment than Wild Wild West because he got his son involved in it. That being said, he did say that the film taught him to not worry if your films don't always succeed.
  • Yeardley Smith regrets doing a film called Ginger Ale Afternoon, describing her character as a "trailer park girl" and is regretful over appearing nude.
  • Steven Spielberg:
    • He has admitted in interviews 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 later airings of the film and the 30th anniversary DVD and Blu-Ray release no longer show the scenes with the CGI E.T. and leave the shotguns intact. The reason why he decided to edit the shotguns was because he believed they were too frightening for children, especially since he'd already became a father himself. He regretted making those changes when he noticed they were lampooned in the South Park episode "Free Hat".
    • He also said that he disliked Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom (as listed in the "Multiple Creators" section).
    • He is also ashamed of 1941 to such a degree that in the original trailers for Raiders of the Lost Ark, it was the only Spielberg movie up to that point that wasn't mentioned.
  • 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."
  • Sylvester Stallone:
    • He starred in at least one softcore porn movie before he became beloved as Rocky called Party at Kitty and Stud's. (You can hardly blame him for it, seeing as he was homeless and broke at the time.) 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. (He claimed he wouldn't buy it for even two dollars.)
    • Reports are that Stallone's management contacted numerous adult video stores and offered ridiculous amounts of money for their copies of the film.
    • Stallone has also commented on Stop! Or My Mom Will Shoot as follows: "Maybe one of the worst films in the entire solar system, including alien productions we’ve never seen. A flatworm could write a better script than Stop! Or My Mom Will Shoot. In some countries – China, I believe – running Stop! Or My Mom Will Shoot once a week on government television has lowered the birth rate to zero."
    • Stallone also deeply regrets Rhinestone, though he did enjoy working with Dolly Parton.
    • Same goes for Escape to Victory: he enjoyed meeting Pelé (yes, that one), but would like to erase the film from his memory.
  • John Stamos stated that Never Too Young To Die was a mistake. These reviewers, and most other people who've seen the movie, tend to agree with him.
  • Jon Stewart has made fun of Doogal on The Daily Show during an interview with Roger Ebert. He's constantly poked fun at Death to Smoochy as well.
  • Kiefer Sutherland has stated that he wants to forget that his starring and directing effort Woman Wanted ever existed.
  • Mena Suvari stated in a 2001 Teen People interview that The Rage: Carrie 2 was this for her, where she played the suicidal best friend.


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