Celebrities Who Hate The Characters They Are Known For
We all love our favorite television and movie characters. But the actors who portrayed them don’t always feel the same way. With help from Marie Claire, we take a look at 15 celebrities who had the characters they are known for. (Page 13 may surprise you.)
1. Allison Williams
Williams may have risen to fame thanks to her role on the HBO show Girls. But as it turns out, she wasn’t a big fan of character Marnie and how she handled herself, especially when it came to her character’s choices in men. “Marnie would drive me crazy if we were friends in real life,” Williams said in a 2014 interview. “But I have to put that out of my head in order to play her.”
Next: This actor isn’t shy about hating the character that made him famous …
2. Robert Pattinson
While some celebrities simply bristle at the mention of characters they hated playing, Twilight star Pattinson has straight-up made fun of vampire Edward in interviews. “He’s the most ridiculous person,” he said in one mention shared by Marie Claire. “The more I read the script, the more I hated this guy.”
Next: This one we can kind of understand …
3. Kate Winslet
To be fair: Winslet doesn’t hate Titanic or the fact the movie made her uber-famous. (Heck, she and Leonardo DiCaprio are still friends!) But, as someone who takes her craft very seriously, Winslet doesn’t like looking back at her own performance as damsel Rose and wishes she could get a do-over.
Next: Talk about gossiping about your own character …
4. Blake Lively
Fans may have loved Lively’s role as troubled elitist Serena van der Woodsen on Gossip Girl. But after a while, Lively had trouble with how the character’s decisions contradicted her own personal beliefs. “People loved it, but it always felt a little personally compromising—you want to be putting a better message out there,” she said in a 2015 interview in Allure.
Next: Her statements caused a wave …
5. Katherine Heigl
Heigl first made a name for herself starring on TV drama Grey’s Anatomy. But she really made waves when she hit the big screen opposite funnyman Seth Rogen in Knocked Up — and then bagged on the role. “It was a little sexist,” she told Vanity Fair. “It paints the women as shrews, as humorless and uptight. I had a hard time with it, on some days.”
Next: Say it ain’t so …
6. Zac Efron
That’s right — Efron is not a fan of his High School Musical character, Troy Bolton. Especially because he wanted to expand his horizons after playing the role for so long. “I was, like, 17. And I said, ‘Guys, you know this is not at all what I want to do?’ And they were like, ‘Really?’” Efron later told Men’s Journal.
Next: He seriously slept on this one …
7. Shia LaBeouf
The Transformers franchise catapulted LaBeouf’s star to a whole other level. But when it comes to the sequel, Revenge of the Fallen, the troubled star isn’t a fan of the movie as a whole. He even napped during part of it at a screening.
Next: To be fair, we weren’t fans of this movie either …
8. Mariah Carey
Carey was quite accomplished in the music world when she laid an egg in the 2001 bomb Glitter where she played herself. Almost two decades later, she told Complex the whole experience “almost ruined my life” and that she had been diagnosed with bipolar disorder around the same time.
Next: He really has evolved since then …
9. George Clooney
No, we aren’t talking about when he donned scrubs on ER. We’re talking about when Clooney wore a cape and tights to portray the dark knight in Batman and Robin. “Let me just say that I’d actually thought I’d destroyed the franchise until somebody else brought it back years later and changed it,” he confessed in a 2014 interview.
Next: We’re still trying to come to terms with this one …
10. Daniel Craig
At one point, Craig was so tired of playing James Bond he told Time Out he’d “rather break this glass and slash my wrists.” He later admitted he was really just ready to move on and do other things — which is definitely understandable.
Next: She’s not exactly known for this role, but it did create a lot of buzz …
11. Lindsay Lohan
While many fans will always go back to Mean Girls, Lohan’s downward spiral and off-camera antics were punctuated by her appearance in the abysmal thriller I Know Who Killed Me. Her career has never really recovered.
Next: This one still makes us a little disappointed …
12. Christian Bale
Seriously, who doesn’t love going back and seeing Christian Bale in Newsies? Apparently, Bale himself doesn’t. “At 17, you want to be taken very seriously — you don’t want to be doing a musical,” he later said in an interview. “Time healed those wounds. But it took a while.”
Next: Try not to be disappointed when you see the name on the next page …
13. Daniel Radcliffe
So here’s the thing. Radcliffe doesn’t dislike every time he played Harry Potter. Just his performance in The Half-Blood Prince. “I’m just not very good in it,” he told Playboy in 2009. “My acting is very one-note and I can see I got complacent and what I was trying to do just didn’t come across.
Next: We can understand this …
14. Matt Damon
The Oscar-winning actor was the figurehead in the Jason Bourne series. But the third movie installment, The Bourne Ultimatum, is something he isn’t proud of. “It’s just that it was unreadable,” he told The Atlantic. “This is a career-ender.”
Next: Last but not least …
15. Harrison Ford
Ford is known for portraying countless memorable and beloved characters. But playing Rick Deckard in Blade Runner doesn’t make it onto the list of movies he enjoyed doing. “I didn’t like the movie one way or the other, with or without,” he told the San Francisco Chronicle. “I played a detective who did not have any detecting to do. In terms of how I related to the material, I found it very difficult.”
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