Even over the course of some of Hollywood’s most prestigious careers, you can find a film or two that an actor or actress simply regrets having signed on for. In some cases, the star was young up-and-comer who did not yet have the required leverage in order to be more careful in their role selections, but, occasionally, movies simply flop. Nobody sets out to make a bad movie, but sometimes it just happens.
This article highlights some of the worst films and performances in otherwise successful acting careers. These movies are often so bad that the actors involved may later publicly trash it, or perhaps admit to not having seen it at all. In some extreme and rare cases, the film’s stars may even go out of their way in order to keep these respective motion pictures out of the hands of the viewing public.
Here are the 12 Movies Actors Wish You Would Forget.
12 Garfield: The Movie – Bill Murray
Perhaps the funniest moment in all of cult comedy Zombieland occurs during Bill Murray’s cameo, when he is asked if he has any regrets, and comically, the actor responds with “Garfield, maybe.” Well, we cannot say that we entirely disagree. With negative reviews pegging Garfield: The Movie as a simplistic kiddie flick, we are just glad to see that he has a good sense of humor about it. Still, that does not change the fact that this role was a regrettable choice for someone of Bill Murray’s stature.
Not only does Murray regret making this film, but the Academy Award nominee has since stated that he more or less unwittingly signed on for the part of the titular, animated character. When he agreed to take the role of the lasagna scarfing cat, Bill admitted that he had confused the film's screenwriter, Joel Cohen, with four time Oscar winner Joel Coen, known as one half of the uber successful writing and directing team, The Coen Brothers.
11 In the Name of the King: A Dungeon Siege Tale – Jason Statham
In The Name of the King: A Dungeon Siege Tale is a movie that, most likely, everyone involved would like you to forget. Well, they are off to a good start considering that most people haven't even seen it in the first place. On a $60 million budget, the film only managed to pull in about $10.3 worldwide, with less than $3 million of those dollars coming from theaters in the United States. In other words, it was a giant box office bomb.
Not only did the film tank financially, but it was absolutely torn apart by critics as well. Not to mention, the audience scores from the few that actually did see this movie were also pretty low. While Jason Statham is not necessarily singled out as the worst part of this film – that credit generally going to infamously bad director Uwe Boll – he certainly has not escaped criticism, as general consensus among fans and critics alike state that the performances across the board were simply wooden at best.
10 Jaws: The Revenge – Michael Caine
While Jaws, the original 1975, Steven Spielberg directed masterpiece, is often hailed as one of the greatest films ever made, its successors have not been quite as fortunate. The fourth film in the franchise, Jaws: The Revenge, is certainly no exception to this rule. To this day, we are still not quite sure as to why a two-time Academy Award winner and five-time nominee like Michael Caine would sign on to this picture, other than to collect a paycheck.
In later interviews, Michael Caine admitted to never even having seen the film, but claimed that “by all accounts its terrible.” Not to mention, the British actor was forced to miss his Academy Award acceptance for Hannah and Her Sisters due to the fact that he was filming this dud. That being said, while Caine is certainly no fan of this movie, he does not appear to be all that salty about it either, stating that he will remember the experience as the time he won an Academy Award, bought a brand new house, and overall, had a pretty decent vacation. In his words: “Not bad for a flop movie.”
9 Grease 2 – Michell Pfeiffer
It is hard to follow up a beloved film, especially one as highly-revered as the Oscar nominated classic Grease. The 1978 John Travolta, Olivia Newton-John led film still reigns today as the highest-grossing movie musical of all time, with a soundtrack chock-full of tunes that are memorable even decades after the film’s release. That is why, when a sequel was announced just four years later, anticipation levels for fans were fairly high.
The year was 1982, and moviegoers were all aboard the hype train. Young up-and-coming actress Michelle Pfeiffer was tasked with leading the sequel, but when poor reviews started to surface, it was apparent that Grease 2 would not escape the shadow of its cherished predecessor. Pfeiffer appears to maintain a fairly healthy attitude towards the film however, claiming that it was a good learning experience for her. Even so, Grease 2 stands out as an early blemish on an otherwise stellar career for the three-time Academy Award nominated actress.
8 A Perfect Score – Scarlett Johansson
In 2004, the world was still getting to know Scarlett Johansson, as her name was starting to appear on more and more movies as a top billing actress. It was only a year removed from the Academy Award-winning, Sofia Coppola-written and directed film Lost in Translation, in which Johansson co-starred alongside Bill Murray. The young actress was praised for her performance in this break out role. That is probably why it hurts all the more that she came out the very next year as one of the leads in the critically panned movie The Perfect Score, with fellow future Avengers co-star, Chris Evans.
Like many of the other titles on this list, The Perfect Score was just as disappointing from a monetary standpoint than anything else. On an estimated $40 million dollar budget, the film only managed to make only about a quarter of that back as the studio was forced to eat close to $30 million. As terrible as it was, however, it appears as though Hollywood has forgiven Scarlett Johansson as she has since gone on to become one of the most marketable actresses working today, and we are happy she is.
7 Spider-Man 3 – Tobey Maguire and Kristen Dunst
Everyone involved, both on camera and off, would probably prefer it if we would simply forget that Spider-Man 3 ever existed. After the massive successes that were Spider-Man and Spider-Man 2, anticipation was sky high for the third installment into the franchise. When the film finally arrived in theaters, many of the series’ fans were a bit disappointed, to say the least.
The film’s issues behind the scenes were well documented, and writer/director Sam Raimi has publicly aired his grievances concerning the failed project. Spider-Man 3 turned out so poorly, in fact, that it absolutely killed his desire to come back for a fourth entry.
The film’s stars, Tobey Maguire and Kristen Dunst, are both Golden Globe-nominated acting talents with dozens of quality performances between the two of them, and that is precisely why this last installment into the Spider-Man trilogy sticks out like a sore thumb on each of their respective filmographies.
6 The Love Guru – Mike Myers
It is no secret that Mike Myers simply wants The Love Guru to just go away at this point. What makes matters worse, is that the writer/actor really has not done all that much on either of those two fronts since. So really, the last taste moviegoers have in their mouth is this unfortunate flop, and this Mike Myers written, produced, and starred film was pretty much a disappointment no matter how you look at it.
It was nominated for eight Razzie Awards, winning three – Worst Picture, Worst Actor (Mike Myers), and Worst Screenplay. The comedy also failed to make back its budget at the box office, falling short by about $20 million. Critics and audiences alike were vocal about their distaste for this movie, declaring it one of the worst comedies in years.
Unlike most of the other stars on this list, Mike Myers has yet to put distance between himself and this poorly received film. Austin Powers 4 has been reportedly on the horizon now for almost five years, but we have yet to hear anything concrete since. Here’s to hoping that a Myers film is on its way soon, and also, that it is a return to form for the Hollywood funnyman.
5 Leprechaun – Jennifer Aniston
Jennifer Aniston has truly become celebrity, a household name, and overall, she has become a lovable personality throughout the course of her long and prosperous career in Hollywood, but if there is one movie she cannot escape, its her feature film debut Leprechaun. The comedy horror film starring the young Aniston follows her around like a bad penny to this day. Whether it be press junkets for her current films, sit downs on various television talk shows, or even a friendly jab during her very own Hollywood Walk of Fame induction ceremony, it appears as though Leprechaun always has its way of creeping into the conversation.
Aniston has obviously overcome this flub, and has gone on to become one of the biggest names in Hollywood, both on television and film. With all of her numerous successes, it appears as though she is able to laugh about it now. Still, you can bet that this is one movie she wishes everyone would forget about completely, so at the very least it can stop coming up in conversation all the time.
4 Gigli – Ben Affleck and Jennifer Lopez
Despite only surviving three weeks in stateside theaters due to abysmal box office numbers, Gigli is still infamously remembered to this day as a regrettable film for both Ben Affleck and Jennifer Lopez. While both Lopez and Affleck have had a few subpar movies to their respective credits, this bomb simply stands out among the crowd. At the Golden Raspberry Awards, the award ceremony, dedicated to recognizing the worst films in cinema, Gigli received an astounding nine nominations. Out of these nine nominations, the film managed to take home six Razzies – Worst Picture, Worst Director, Worst Screen Play, Worst Actor, Worst Actress, and Worst Screen Couple. Additionally, the movie was hailed as one of the worst of all time by several respective critics and publications.
Both of the film’s stars have since been asked in various interviews about their worst roles and movies, and the former couple are in agreement that Gigli simply was not a good feature. Over a decade removed from this stinker, both Lopez and Affleck have managed to put some distance between them and the former “Worst Picture” winner, each with their own successful careers respectively. Still, this is one film that these stars would rather you forget.
3 Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Next Generation – Matthew McConaughey and Renée Zellweger
Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Next Generation not only falls in the category of films that actors wish we would forget about, but it is infamously remembered as the movie that these stars tried to keep us from seeing in the first place. Disputes between actors, filmmakers, and distributors at Columbia Pictures, multiple cinematic releases, and alternate titles are just a few examples of this film’s many complications. After the picture screened at South by Southwest Film and Media Conference, and even after a subsequent home video release on LaserDisc, Colombia still reportedly re-edited this horror flick several times.
Its second attempt at a theatrical appearance – a limited release in the United States – did not arrive until 1997 in order to accommodate Renée Zellweger, as she wanted to first await the debut of the 1996 romantic hit, Jerry Maguire, in which she starred opposite Tom Cruise. While the film did end up getting a cinematic re-release, despite various reports claiming that McConaughey’s agent pressured Columbia Pictures to forego a theatrical run all together, it was only screened in 20 U.S. cities and failed to make even $200,000 at the box office.
2 Don’s Plum – Leonardo DiCaprio and Tobey Maguire
To this day, Don’s Plum has never been officially released in the United States and Canada. As the entire movie was improvised, and supposedly a bit controversial, two of the film's stars, Leonardo DiCaprio and Tobey Maguire, were worried that their respective images would be tainted by the viewing of this film. Despite the numerous attempts to try and get the movie available to viewers in North America – endeavors such as “FreeDonsPlum.com” – the two stars adamantly stand by their decision to prohibit this feature from ever seeing the light of day, even after all of this time.
In accordance to a lawsuit that was filed almost over 15 years ago at this point, the filmmakers behind this project agreed to never release the movie in the United States or Canada. Although Don's Plum did see a European release back in 2001. All these years later and it appears as though nothing has changed. You can bet that these two definitely wish this film had never been made, seeing how much trouble they have gone through to keep it out of our hands.
1 Catwoman – Halle Berry
Only a few years removed from her Academy Award-winning performance as Leticia Musgrove in Monster’s Ball, Halle Berry portrayed the famous antiheroine Catwoman. Certainly, this represents a stark contrast, juxtaposing arguably her best and worst performances as an actress. In fact, film critic Bill Muller jokingly suggested that Berry should have given her Oscar back as penalty for this horrendous film.
Still, when it came to the Catwoman’s Golden Raspberry Awards, of which there were four – Worst Picture, Worst Director, Worst Actress, and Worst Screenplay – Halle Berry was at least a good sport about it. With her Academy Award in hand, Berry decided to drop by in order to receive her Razzie in person. That being said, she made it fairly clear precisely how much she truly despised this film in her Worst Actress acceptance speech: “First of all I want to thank Warner Brothers. Thank you for putting me in a piece of s–, god-awful movie… It was just what my career needed.” We think it is safe to say that she would rather everyone just forget about this movie all together.
Do you agree with our list? What do you think are some movies that actors wish we would all forget? Make sure to let us hear it in the comments section.