Did You Know These Stars Hated Their Own Iconic Characters?

Part of being an actor or actress involves playing many different characters that millions of people come to adore. Inevitably, some of these roles can define an actor’s career for the rest of their lives. For instance, if you hear Marlon Brando, the first thing that comes to mind is his brilliant portrayal of Vito Corleone in The Godfather, and if you hear Leonardo DiCaprio, you can’t help but remember his role as Jack in Titanic. However, some celebrities have gathered so much attention from their famous roles that they have come to hate them. Whether it was the character in itself or the way they played it, these 24 celebrities have confessed they very much regret having played the character they’re known for. Don’t miss #20, #13 and #7, you won’t believe it! 

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#24. Allison Williams

Sometimes, an actress may achieve a brilliant portrayal of a certain character, but the character itself may be annoying or even unlikeable. Well, this is exactly what Alison Williams felt about her character in the HBO series GirlsMarnie.

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Williams declared in many interviews that she never felt identified at all with Marnie. She wasn’t the friendliest character ever, and fans just loved to see how she would carelessly humiliate herself further and further. But in spite of that, Williams has admitted that this role has opened many doors and has helped her become an A-list star.

#23. Robert Pattinson

The English actor Robert Pattinson was already a famous face in the industry when he played the role of the seductive and solitary teen vampire in the fantasy film Twilight in 2008. But as you know, after its release, Pattinson became one of Hollywood’s most beloved heartthrobs, and Edward Cullen was all those young teens talked about!

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But it turns out that Pattinson has quite regretted playing the role of Cullen. Even though he reached worldwide fame, Pattinson always regarded his vampire character to be rather sullen and even dull. He has even declared he regards Cullen as a rather ridiculous person…  well, as a ridiculous vampire!

#22. Blake Lively

We can’t forget the opening line of the CW television series Gossip Girl:Hey Upper East Siders, Gossip Girl is here”. And of course, we all wanted to be like Serena Van Der Woodsen. Everyone simply loved that character and wanted to be like her… well, everyone except the actress that portrayed her, Blake Lively.

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Lively confessed she doesn’t like it when fans compare her to Serena, because her character wasn’t a good role model to follow. “People loved it, but it always felt a little personally compromising — you want to be putting a better message out there,” she told Allure.

#21. Megan Fox

Some films have helped actors to pave the road to fame. This was the case of American actress and model Megan Fox, who became a worldwide icon after playing the role of Mikala Banes, Shia LaBeouf’s love interest, in the blockbuster action film Transformers. 

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Fox agreed to play the same character two years after in the film’s sequel. However, when producers offered her to star in a third film, she decided to reject the proposal, saying she considered the experience as a nightmare. “People are well aware that this is not a movie about acting”, she said in an interview. Ouch!

#20. Kate Winslet

Some celebrities were super young when they first appeared on the screen. Such was the case with Kate Winslet, who was still an inexperienced actress when she played her iconic role of Rose in James Cameron’s Titanic.

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Winslet declared that she is very grateful to Cameron for giving her the opportunity of starring in such a successful blockbuster, but in spite of that, she is not at all satisfied with her performance. As she said in an interview, “Every single scene, I’m like ‘Really, really? You did it like that?’…It’s awful.” But no matter what she says, I think I speak for everyone when I say I can’t imagine a better couple than Winslet and DiCaprio!

#19. Katherine Heigl

Some actors like rewatching their most memorable films just to look at their own performances from a different perspective. Well, actress Katherine Heigl re-watched Knocked Up 10 years after starring in it, and she has something to say about it.

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Heigl enjoyed being part of this film, but nowadays, she is not at all happy with her portrayal of Alison Scott nor with the plot of the movie. In fact, she declared she now finds the movie a bit sexist, the reason for which it’s hard for her to love it.

#18. Shia LeBeouf

Some young actors have made their very first appearance in legendary movies, quickly catapulting them to fame. Such was the case of American actor Shia LeBeouf, who made his first steps into the film industry with his role as Henry Mutt Williams in the adventure film Indiana Jones And The Kingdom Of The Crystal Skull.

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Even though this was a great opportunity for LeBeouf, critics definitely did not like his acting. In fact, according to reviews, it was the worst movie of the franchise. The actor took the blame and said he feels responsible for “dropping the ball on the legacy that people loved and cherished.” Don’t be so harsh on yourself, Shia!

#17. Zac Efron

Many actors and actresses took their first steps in the acting world in comedy TV shows on Disney Channel. Such was the case of American actor and singer Zac Efron, who rose to fame as Troy Bolton in the romantic comedy and musical film High School Musical. 

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I’m pretty sure that none of the members of this musical ever expected to become so famous. But the problem is that Efron was never much of a fan of his character. In fact, by the time the third film of the franchise was released, he was already in his 20s and was hoping to move on to more serious and less family-friendly movies. During this past decade, he has gone to great lengths to prove the world he’s not a teenager anymore.

#16. George Clooney

Being a well-known and talented actor is not as simple as it sounds, as you constantly feel a lot of pressure as to which character you’re going to play next. Actor George Clooney was already a famous star when he decided to portray the famous DC Comics superhero, Batman.

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When the film Batman & Robin was released in 1997, Clooney thought it would help him step forward in his career. However, this wasn’t the case, as the film didn’t do well at the box office. But let’s be fair, Clooney’s regular performance isn’t to blame, as the film’s production and costumes were also quite poor. Luckily, this was not Clooney’s last movie.

#15. Daniel Radcliffe

Growing up in front of the cameras must have been really hard for the lead characters from the Harry Potter film franchise. Just imagine that most of the actors were only 11 years old when they first appeared on the screen! Well, let’s see what British actor Daniel Radcliffe has to say about his experience playing the role of Harry Potter.

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Playing the same character during 8 films must be tiring, and Radcliffe has confessed that by the time the producers shot the sixth movie Harry Potter And The Half-Blood Prince, most of the magic had already faded away. Allegedly, he was not at all satisfied with his acting in the sixth film. “[My] acting is very one-note“, Radcliffe claimed. Well, Daniel, your fans utterly disagree!

#14. Ben Affleck

If you were born during the 90s, you probably remember the romance between actor Ben Affleck and actress and singer Jennifer Lopez, or as fans called them, “Bennifer”. Everything about them was on the eye of the paparazzi and we literally went crazy when they announced they were going to be together in a movie for the first time.

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Fans had high expectations when the film Gigli came out, but sadly, nothing turned out as expected. Affleck declared years later that he was sorry for his poor work in the movie but he enjoyed to be under the direction of Martin Brest. We must confess that the movie was a failure, and it received a 6% rating on Rotten Tomatoes.

#13. Matt Damon

There is no doubt that Matt Damon is one of the most successful action film actors in the world. If we had to name one of his most memorable films, the ones from the Bourne franchise would surely be the first to pop in our minds.

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Even though the four films were a major success, he feels differently about the third one, The Bourne Ultimatum. Damon declared Tony Gilroy’s directorial work in The Bourne Ultimatum left much to be desired, and he thinks this was the main reason why this film turned out to be a “career-ender”.

#12. Sean Connery

Sometimes, some roles leave their mark in popular culture, to the point where people can’t dissociate the actor to the role. Well, such was the case of Sean Connery and his iconic character James Bond, the world’s favorite secret spy. The secret agent was famous for his martinis (shaken, but not stirred!), for his countless Bond girls, and all his spectacular action scenes. In fact, many men wanted to be just like him… except for Conery himself!

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It happens to be that Connery was never too fond of his character, and once he shot his last 007 film, he declared that the screenwriters should have killed the agent sooner. According to the actor, James Bond was not “my kind of chap at all” and playing that role has made his life impossible. Dial down the drama, Connery, everyone loved your films!

#11. Harrison Ford

While some actors and actresses actually enjoy portraying one same character all their lives, others prefer to explore new roles and delve into different genres. Well, history has proven that American actor Harrison Ford belongs to the first group. In fact, he has declared in many interviews that his favorite role in his career was that of Indiana Jones.

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But what about the other roles that Ford played, like that of Rick Deckard in the action film Blade Runner or that of Han Solo in the Star Wars franchise? Well, he has admitted he is not much of a fan of these characters and that he felt relieved when his participation in the sci-fi franchise had ended. Who would’ve thought?

#10. Cher

If you grew up during the 80s and 90s, then I’m sure Cher rings a bell. After all, she was one of the greatest icons of the end of the century. When the producers announced in 2009 that she would star in the musical Burlesque, thousands of fans all over the world went crazy. Released in 2010, this musical comedy stars not only Cher but also pop icon Christina Aguilera.

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Sadly, when the film came out, the results deceived both the producers and the crew. Cher declared that she wasn’t happy with Steve Antin’s directorial work. In her words, “I remember Antin saying to me, I don’t care about what you say, I just want to shoot the dance numbers”.

#9. Sally Field

Is there any film franchise that a greater amount of remakes than Spider-Man? Some of these films have left us with brilliant performances, such as Tobey Maguire in the 2002 remake, but sadly, not all of these films have been equally successful. For instance, The Amazing Spider-Man featured brilliant performances by Andrew Garfield and Sally Field, but it did not do too well at the box office.

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Sally Field played the role of Aunt May, and we can’t think of a better person for that role. However, Field has declared that she regrets having taken that role and that she only agreed to play Aunt May as a favor to her producer partner, Laura Ziskin. In her opinion, her character was too flat and lacked personality.

#8. Carrie Fisher

When one thinks about Star Wars, the American actress Carrie Fisher is one of the first people that comes to our mind. She portrayed Princess Leia, one of the most iconic fictional characters in popular culture. But it happens to be that Fisher had mixed feelings regarding her character.

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Even though she feels proud of having played the role of a superheroine, she confessed that she never would’ve signed on to Star Wars had she known the hit it would become. She became most famous for her scene with the slave golden bikini, and she’s not too comfortable for being known because of that.

#7. Hally Berry

When the action film Catwoman first came out, everyone thought it was going to be a major success. Well, who wouldn’t? The formula was perfect: a talented actress like Hally Berry starring in a Batman spin-off. But sadly, the movie was a complete failure, not only in numbers but also as regards the poor performances.

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Hally Berry received a Razzie Award for the Worst Actress of the Year. But the best part is that instead of feeling ashamed, she decided to attend the ceremony and thanked the film crew for the award. She also agreed it was a terrible movie, but this Academy Award winner has nothing to be ashamed of!

#6. Charlize Theron

Imagine we told you that Ben Affleck, Gary Sinise, and Charlize Theron were to star in a film and that John Frankenheimer was to direct it. Nothing could go wrong with such names, right? Well, despite counting with such brilliant celebrities, the drama film Reindeer Games was a massive failure.

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The film received many terrible reviews right from the start, but guess what? One of the harshest reviews came from Theron herself. In her words, Reindeer Games was “a bad, bad movie“, and she regrets having taken that role.

#5. Alec Guinness

What is it with Star Wars that so many of its actors were disappointed with their roles? It seems like a paradox, as fans have always adored each and every film of the franchise! Well, just like Carrie Fisher, Alec Guinness, the actor who played Obi-Wan Kenobi, has also expressed mixed feelings regarding his role.

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When he landed on this role, he had already acted in a few successful films such as Bridge Over The River Kwai and Lawrence Of Arabia. However, many years later, the actor declared he only took that role because he really needed the money, but that he hated his character and thought the script was “rubbish”. That was harsh!

#4. Sylvester Stallone

Sylvester Stallone has a long and enviable acting career, which includes three Academy Award nominations. However, he has also had his fair share of disappointments, and he has acted in a couple of bizarre movies of questionable quality. Take Stop! Or My Mom Will Shoot, for instance. What was he thinking when he agreed to that role?

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According to Stallone, this action comedy film was a truly awful movie, and possibly the worst he’s ever worked in. But let’s take a look at his actual words, it’ll definitely make your day:

“If you ever want someone to confess to murder, just make him or her sit through that film. They will confess to anything after 15 minutes“.

#3. Michael Caine

Some film franchises, such as Star Wars, have been a massive success, but this is not always the case. Sometimes, directors just spoil it with unnecessary remakes. Jaws is, perhaps, one of the clearest examples: the original 1975 film was just brilliant, but the sequels left much to be desired.

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Michael Caine played the lead character Hoagie Newcombe in the fourth film of the franchise, Jaws: The Revenge. The actor has defined the film as “unwatchable”, and in fact, he hasn’t even watched it! Come on Michael, where’s your team spirit!?

#2. Christopher Plummer

The Sound Of Music is probably the greatest musical ever made, and we can’t imagine any actor other than Christopher Plummer in the role of Captain Von Trapp. But guess what? Plummer doesn’t seem to be much of a fan of the movie. Can you guess why?

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Plummer admitted he didn’t really enjoy working for this movie, not even singing the kids! In fact, he has even referred to the film as “The Sound of Mucus” on numerous occasions. I wonder what the fans have to say about this!

#1. Leslie Howard

Gone With The Wind is one of the most iconic romance movies ever. We loved everything about this film, except for the ending! Up to this day, people are still wondering why Scarlett and Rhett didn’t choose to stay together and why Ashley Wilkes showed up to ruin everything. But what does actor Leslie Howard have to say about this?

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Reportedly, on a letter that Howard wrote to his daughter, he confessed he hated his character in the film. We wonder if anyone ever hated their own character so much because as soon as he finished shooting the film, he put an end to his acting career and fled to England to fight in World War II.

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