You know who made $350,000 for a week’s worth of work on a 22-minute show? Angus T. Jones. He’s the guy who played Jake on CBS’s Two and a Half Men.
Near the height of the show’s popularity, he had a religious epiphany and decided to renounce the television show that has made him rich and famous. He said of working on the show, “I’m on Two and a Half Men, and I don’t want to be on it.” Going beyond saying he doesn’t want to be a part of the show, he implores people to “stop watching it. Please stop filling your head with filth. Please.”
He said all this in a video released by Forerunner Christian Church, remarking that television in general, not just his own show, “is bad news.” He refers to the medium as “deceptive,” calling it “the enemy.”
While Alec Guinness’s career was in no way made by his portrayal of Obi-Wan Kenobi in Star Wars (he previously starred in many other major films including Lawrence of Arabia, Great Expectations, Doctor Zhivago and The Bridge on the River Kwai), Obi-Wan was nonetheless a role that re-popularized Guinness to a new generation of film-goers.
As the story goes, the classically-trained Guinness immediately regretted taking the role of Kenobi because he felt that the film’s dialogue was stilted and poorly written. In fact, he hated the character so much that he was the first in line to kill off Kenobi.
As Star Wars grew more and more successful, Guinness’s animosity towards the project also grew exponentially. In his autobiography, A Positively Final Appearance: A Journal, Guinness tells an anecdote about one time when a young boy approached him for an autograph. The kid told Guinness that he was a huge fan of Star Wars and had watched Episode IV: A New Hope over 100 times. Guinness agreed to give him an autograph, but only under the condition that he never watch the film again.
No, no… Christian Bale doesn’t hate his portrayal of the chainsaw-wielding, embossed business-card distributing mass murderer, Patrick Bateman, in American Psycho. Nor is he displeased with his performance in Christopher Nolan’s epic Batman trilogy (although George Clooney wasn’t too happy with his nipple-enhanced iteration of the Dark Knight in 1997’s Batman and Robin).
But Bale has openly spoken out about his distaste for participating in the much beloved 1992 cult-hit musical Newsies.
So why did Bale hate playing Jack “Cowboy” Kelly so much? As the actor tells it, his youthful desire for respect led to years of distaste for the film and the role. “At 17, you want to be taken very seriously,” he explained. “You don’t want to be doing a musical. Time healed those wounds. But it took a while.”
The Transformers franchise served as a breakthrough for actress Megan Fox, but she absolutely hated working with director Michael Bay, and the two feuded during production of the first two films.
Asked whether she would return for the third film, Dark of the Moon, Fox answered, “Sure. I mean, I can’t sh*t on this movie because it did give me a career and open all these doors for me. But I don’t want to blow smoke up people’s ass. People are well aware that this is not a movie about acting. And once you realize that, it becomes almost fun because you can be in the moment and go, ‘All right, I know that when he calls Action! I’m either going to be running or screaming, or both.’”
In subsequent interviews, Fox told reporters that Bay’s treatment of her was demeaning and misogynistic. She claimed that part of her audition for the role involved being filmed while washing his Ferrari. Fox hated working with Bay so much that she even went so far as to liken him to Adolf Hitler. Fox said that Bay tried to “create this insane, infamous mad-man reputation. He wants to be like Hitler on his sets, and he is. So he’s a nightmare to work for.”
After those comments, Fox was unceremoniously booted from the series. She and Bay buried the hatchet, however, and she ended up playing April O’Neil in the live-action Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles movies produced by her former director.
5. Crispin Glover
Although Marty McFly’s nerdy father, George, in Back to the Future trilogy is loved by many, it is evidently not loved by the actor who portrayed him, Crispin Glover.
Apparently, Glover was not happy with the first film’s ending, which depicted an alternate future where the McFly family is rich and Marty is rewarded with a brand new truck, and he aired his displeasure with the director “I had a conversation with Robert Zemeckis about it,” he explained. “And I said, ‘I think if the characters have money, if our characters are rich, it’s a bad message. That reward should not be in there.’ People love the movie, and of course who am I to say—I was 20 years old, though. And again, I was stepping into it from a time period of questioning. But Robert Zemeckis got really angry. Essentially, he did not like that idea. He was pissed.”
Glover went on to say, “It’s not that I dislike the entire film. There are things about the structure that are very solid, and there’s good writing behind it. But I still would argue all the things that people love about the film would still be there, and I think there would be a better message if, instead of the son character pumping his fist in the air or whatever, jumping up in the air because he has a new truck [in the new timeline], if instead the reward was that the mother and father characters are in love with each other. And that there’s the potential that money comes in. I think [equating their new riches with moral success] is a bad message. And this is aligned to those things in film that I’m saying serve the interests of a corporate element.”
Glover did not return to reprise his role in Back to the Future II, and when producers instead opted to use another actor (made up to look like Glover with prosthetic make-up) in conjunction with cutting-room footage from the first film, Glover became incensed. He filed a lawsuit against Universal and the film’s producer Bob Gale, and eventually settled out of court.
6. Thomas F. Wilson
It’s not necessarily fair to say that Thomas F. Wilson, the actor who played Biff Tannen in the Back to the Future films, actually hated his role in the series, but one thing’s for sure, he did get approached by many many fans asking him the same inane questions over and over again. To save time and discourage these types of conversations, Wilson now presents anyone who approaches him with pre-printed FAQ cards to answer all their boring questions. Check out the full text here. It’s actually very informative, though just imaging the annoyance it would take to create such a thing is headache-inducing.
7. Miley Cyrus
It would be hard to find a celebrity who hates their “breakout” persona more than Miley Cyrus hates Hannah Montana, or at least what Hannah Montana did to her childhood. She has described in detail the troubling effects the role had on her at such a young age, saying, “From the time I was 11, it was, ‘You’re a pop star! That means you have to be blonde, and you have to have long hair, and you have to put on some glittery tight thing.’ Meanwhile, I’m this fragile little girl playing a 16-year-old in a wig and a ton of makeup. It was like Toddlers & Tiaras. I had f**king flippers.”
While hosting Saturday Night Live, she updated everyone on Hannah Montana’s current status, delcaring, “She’s been murdered.” Needless to say, Cyrus is fine leaving the best of both worlds behind in exchange for a bong, some belly shirts, and equal pay.