18 Actors Who Have Major Regrets About Past Roles

Role selection is one of the most consequential aspects of being an actor. While some roles become career-defining and launch the actors to stardom, others can turn into regrets that haunt them. Here are 18 actors who’ve expressed regret over their past roles.

Robert Pattinson – Twilight

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Twilight was that movie franchise everyone loved to hate, but arguably, no one has shown more dislike for the film series than its lead actor, Robert Pattinson. The actor hasn’t hidden his contempt for both the character, Edward Cullen, and the story, stating in 2008, “The more I read the script, the more I hated the guy.”

Sylvester Stallone – Stop! Or My Mom Will Shoot (1992)

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Stallone humorously referred to this comedy as “maybe one of the worst films in the entire solar system.” The film’s comedic premise didn’t align with Stallone’s action-hero image, making it a decision he openly regretted in his illustrious career.

Carrie Fisher – Star Wars

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Almost any actress would take a role like Princess Leia in a heartbeat, as it’s the kind of role that can instantly change the trajectory of its performer’s career. However, Fisher has revealed that she wouldn’t have taken the role if she had known beforehand about the level of fame that would come with it.

Shia LaBeouf – Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull (2008)

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LaBeouf has criticized the film’s execution and his performance, noting that he felt like he “dropped the ball on the legacy that people loved and cherished.” His comments provoked a ferocious clapback from co-star Harrison Ford.

Ben Affleck – Daredevil (2003)

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Before Netflix’s adaptation of Daredevil, Ben Affleck had initially played the character in a 2003 film of the same name. While the actor has shared his admiration for the Netflix adaptation, he hasn’t minced words in showing his contempt for Daredevil (2003), stating that the movie frustrated him.

Harrison Ford – Star Wars

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Despite his immense popularity as Han Solo, Ford expressed mixed feelings about his role in the Star Wars series. While the films propelled him to stardom, Ford also wanted the character to be killed off as early as Return of the Jedi (1983).

Halle Berry – Catwoman (2004)

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Halle Berry managed to poke fun at how terrible Catwoman (2004) was as she accepted the Razzie Award for Worst Actress. However, the film did have an impact on her career, with the actress once remarking, “I didn’t direct it, I didn’t produce it, nor did I write it. I was just the actress in it. But for all these years, I have carried the weight of that film.”

Katherine Heigl – Knocked Up (2007)

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Since breaking out as an actress, Katherine Heigl has courted controversy with some of her statements, including her comments on her role as Alison in the 2007 comedy Knocked Up. The actress believes that the portrayal of Alison was very sexist, and to be honest, she might have a point.

Sean Connery – James Bond

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Though he is the actor largely responsible for selling the fantasy of James Bond to audiences around the world, Sean Connery is not the biggest fan of the character. That’s actually an understatement, so here are the actor’s own words: “I have always hated that damned James Bond—I’d like to kill him.”

Val Kilmer – Batman Forever (1995)

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Kilmer admitted to taking the role due to financial pressures, leading to a lackluster experience. It also didn’t help that the bat suit was uncomfortable and lacked mobility, with the actor often needing help to stand and sit on set.

Christopher Plummer – The Sound of Music (1965)

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The Sound of Music is comfortably one of the best musicals of all time, if not the best. It certainly isn’t a favorite of Christopher Plummer, though. The actor, who played the role of Captain von Trapp, described the iconic film as “The Sound of Mucus” in his autobiography and reportedly hated every part of it.

Kate Winslet – Titanic (1997)

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Kate Winslet’s sentiment about the blockbuster movie Titanic is weirdly similar to how I feel when I stumble on cringy videos of myself from the past. Discussing her performance in the film on CNN, the actress remarked, “Every single scene, I’m like, ‘Really, really? You did it like that? Oh my God.’”

Shia LaBeouf – Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen (2009)

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Once again, we have Shia LaBeouf on the list. This time, the actor hated his part in the 2009 film Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen. LaBeouf criticized the film’s disjointed experience, stating that he “just didn’t enjoy it.”

Shelley Duvall – The Shining (1980)

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Duvall’s emotionally taxing experience on set, combined with her dissatisfaction with her character’s portrayal, led her to regret her role. Her struggles during filming are well-documented, with the actress repeatedly terrorized by Stanley Kubrick on set.

Mickey Rourke – Harley Davidson and the Marlboro Man (1991)

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Rourke admitted that taking this action film was a career mistake, impacting his credibility during a pivotal phase of his career. The actor has said he remembers doing the film and hating himself every day, which explains his lackluster performance in the 1991 flop.

George Clooney – Batman & Robin (1997)

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While it does have some redeeming qualities, Batman & Robin is generally regarded as one of the worst comic book adaptations in the history of cinema. Funnily enough, George Clooney himself agrees and has even apologized for the role he played in the film, which he believes ruined the Batman series.

Jessica Alba – Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer (2007)

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Also one of the worst films of all time, Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer is one of actress Jessica Alba’s major regrets. Speaking on her experience during the making of the film in an interview with Elle Magazine, Alba stated, “I wanted to stop acting. I hated it. I really hated it.”

Alec Guinness – Star Wars (1977)

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Guinness, who played Obi-Wan Kenobi, admitted that while he enjoyed working with George Lucas, he found the film’s dialogue disappointing. Guinness wasn’t the biggest fan of science fiction and took more pride in his work as a Shakespearean performer.

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