10 Famous Actors Who Refused To Promote Their Own Movies


Fans often expect to see entertainers promoting their work with enthusiasm and pride. But the days during press junkets are long. And after 12 hours of being asked the same questions, it can be hard for even the best actors to feign enthusiasm. But occasionally things don’t go as planned, and performers don’t respond in the way we expect. Sometimes, that means turning their backs on their own work. These are Screen Rant’s 10 Famous Actors Who Refused To Promote Their Own Movies.

George Clooney

At this point, everyone agrees that Batman & Robin was the worst film in the character’s history. Cartoonishly over-the-top, this is the movie that gave the world something it never needed: bat-nipples. And while it’s no surprise the movie got raked over the coals by fans, what is interesting is how bad George Clooney feels about it. Make no mistake, the actor hates the film, and doesn’t mince words about it. But what seems to stings him the most, is how badly it wounded the franchise. Apparently, he even personally apologized to Adam West for it. In interviews, Clooney’s called Batman & Robin “a waste of money”. It seems like he hates it more than any of us could, and that’s earned him a lot of forgiveness.

Johnny Depp

More than once, we’ve heard celebrities bemoaning the loss of privacy that comes with fame. But, lots of people argue that it’s just part of the job. If people are interested in reading about an actor, that should be a good thing… right? Johnny Depp doesn’t hold back when talking about how much he hates being famous. Arguing that performing should be treated like any other job you can leave behind at the end of the day. And this outlook extends to interviews as well, so it’s not easy to get the actor to sign on for press events. But, given how bankable he’s proven to be, his popularity doesn’t seem to be suffering.

Shia LaBeouf

If you thought the most recent installment in the Indiana Jones franchise was an insult to it’s legacy, you’re not alone! 2008’s Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull has caught flack from almost everyone who's seen it. And thanks to the reliably unreliable Shia LaBeouf, we know that the actors hated it too. He stated that the movie “dropped the ball,” and told multiple interviewers how much he despised it. But, it wouldn’t be dramatic enough if only cast member was disappointed. So LaBeouf was sure to mention that Harrison Ford didn’t like it either. Which kind of feels a little like tattletaling.

Edward Norton

Edward Norton has a very particular approach to his craft, and if he feels like the content can’t match his ability as a performer, then it’s not worth his time to talk about it. During the junket for 2008’s The Incredible Hulk, that’s exactly what happened. Norton was allegedly very adamant about changes being made to the script during filming. Arguing for constant rewrites made him hard to work with, and even harder to stay on track. The actor maintains that he simply had high hopes for the movie. And once he realized they wouldn’t be met, spoke up about it. Thanks to a creative marketing strategy, he didn’t have to do much talking after that, and his promotional tour was considerably shortened.

Chris Evans

Thanks to the massive success of the MCU, it might be hard to remember a time before Chris Evans was Captain America. And that’s probably because he’s so perfectly cast as the star-spangled Avenger. But during one interview where the actor was looking back at his body of work, he revealed something that surprised fans. After reminiscing, he stated that out of the roughly 20 films he’s been a part of, he’s only proud of about 3. Ever the classy gentleman, Evans left the conversation at that, and allowed the specifics to remain a mystery. Still, we really hope Scott Pilgrim vs. the World is among his favorites.

Robin Williams

Robin Williams’ voice work for the character of Genie was top-notch. Even though some audiences think the sequels left a lot to be desired, Williams as Genie in the first and third installments of Aladdin proved to be reliably enjoyable. But around the time of the original’s release in 1992, it wasn’t the only movie he was promoting. In order to boost promotion for his other film, Toys, the actor requested that the marketing team behind Aladdin not focus too much on Genie. It must be an odd feeling to compete with yourself. And thankfully for audiences, he did a lot of great work because of it.