When you are your own hardest critic.
The actors are known to have huge egos, but no matter how much you believe in your own talent, from time to time, you may not be at your best. As it happens in Hollywood when a superstar offers a performance so widely destroyed, that even they themselves are able to admit that they were very bad.
Possibly they were very hard on themselves, or it was simply the product of an attack of humility, but for the following eight actors, these roles were not very good.
1Daniel Radcliffe in Harry Potter and the mystery of the prince
In 2009 came the sixth installment of the successful series created by JK Rowling, Harry Potter and the Mystery of the Prince. Begin this chapter of the story, the teenager Harry and his magical friends delve into the mystery of the origins of Voldemort, as they fight against “the Dark Lord“, as well as against the teenage hormones that distract them from their mission and that leads Harry to share his first kiss with Ginny Weasley.
The film was critically acclaimed, receiving an 84% rating on Rotten Tomatoes. Particularly notable were the Oscar nominated visuals, cataloged as “dazzling” and “exuberant”.
But do you know who did not enjoy watching the movie?, Daniel Radcliffe himself, who says he can not bear to see his terrible performance.
“I do not do very well in that, I hate her,” the actor told the Daily Mail. “My most absurd mistakes, typical of the schools of actors, are in that film and anyone can see them.” Radcliffe admitted that he rarely enjoys being seen in the film, although he made an exception for Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, which he considered his best work.
2Halle Berry in Catwoman
Based on the famous DC Comics character, Catwoman in 2004 was played by Halle Berry. Just out of his victory as Best Actress in the 2001 Oscar for Monster’s Ball, with Catwoman also achieved a recognized award, The Razzie as worst actress.
They should also have given Berry the coolest prize of the year, because she appeared at the ceremony that rewards the worst of cinema to accept her statue and give a spirited speech. The actress accepted it and even dragged her manager to the stage to “thank him” for his contribution to his achievement. Then he called his castmates, saying that “to give a performance as really bad as mine, you must have really bad actors.” She added, “If you can not be a good loser, you can not be a good winner either.”
3Colin Farrell in Miami Vice
In 2006, a version of the famous 80s TV series, starring Jamie Foxx and Colin Farrell, was brought to the big screen.
Although critics agreed that the film was beautifully filmed, the box office did not say the same, accumulating only 63 million in the United States, against its cost of 135 million. Critics blamed the lack of an argument to support it and the performances of Farrell and Foxx that do not compare with the charismatic relationship of the original Crockett and Tubbs, played by Don Johnson and Philip Michael Thomas.
As for Farrell, he seemed resigned to taking the blame. “Miami Vice, I did not like it that much,” he admitted. “And I accept a good part of the responsibility.” He also said that he was struggling with drugs and alcohol during filming and that he was not focused on his performance. “I just fell completely in love with that.”
4Nicole Kidman in Australia
The 2008 film promised to be a great epic bomb. The fictional story of an Australian cowboy enlisted to help a British lady cross the interior of Australia, stumbling over the Japanese bombing of Darwin, starring Nicole Kidman and Hugh Jackman and directed by Baz Luhrmann. The Tourism Export Council of Australia partially paid a high price of 130 million dollars, thinking that the film would do for Australia as did Schindler’s List with Krakow. It was not so.
Badly received in Australia and the United States, the film was not to the liking of Kidman, who received a lot of criticism from the press for his performance “almost horrible” and “painfully corny.” The Daily Mail reported that the Oscar winner herself admitted on the Sydney radio that she was writhing in her seat during the Australian premiere, and asked her husband Keith Urban, “Am I good at this movie?” That feeling of discomfort remained. “I can not see this movie and be proud of what I did,” he reflected. “It’s simply impossible for me to connect emotionally with that.”
5George Clooney in Batman & Robin
The public has a lot to complain about when it comes to the 1997 Batman installment. From the cheesy jokes to the infamous nipple suit, even Uma Thurman as the villain Poison Ivy could not save this movie from be considered the worst of the Batman movies. One of the biggest disappointments was the performance of George Clooney as the bat man.
And no one agrees more than Clooney himself, who has often commented on the failure of the film and his turn in the Batmobile.
When asked what he thought of Ben Affleck playing the role in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (2016), Clooney said, “I’m the least qualified person to comment on someone who plays the role of Batman since I destroyed the piece so terribly”. After a search for commercial success, Clooney has said he keeps a photo of himself in the nipple suit in his office as a reminder to carefully evaluate the options of his project.
6Kate Winslet on Titanic
Although she has been a candidate and an Oscar winner, Kate Winslet has some projects in which she would like to be able to make corrections. Surprisingly, one of them is his performance as Rose in the mega-blockbuster Titanic of 1997.
The film catapulted Winslet to stardom, but she told The Telegraph in 2012 that she will never be able to watch any of her performances, for which she received an Oscar nomination , as it is particularly painful for her. “In each scene I say, ‘Really, really, did you do it that way? Oh, my God.'”
It seems that playing an American was part of what Winslet, born in the United Kingdom, feels that had problems with the delivery of the character. “Even my American accent, I can not hear it, it’s horrible, I hope it’s much better now… Oh God, I want to do it again.” Given that the box office exceeds two billion dollars worldwide, it seems likely that they will allow it.
7Meghan Fox in Tranformers
Transformers of 2007 was not Megan Fox’s first film, but it was certainly the one that made her famous. And his subsequent dismissal of the successful franchise was also news after word spread about his comments when comparing director Michael Bay with Hitler.
Fox admitted to Entertainment Weekly in 2009 that he was struggling with some aspects of stardom before the release of Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen. In addition to dealing with the paparazzi, Fox said she was also worried that he was not giving her all her acting skills. “I’m terrible,” he said of the first Transformers movie. “I was just not proud of what I did.” While adding that he tried harder in the second film, he insisted that the audience had only seen the “seven percent” of his performance range. “I think one day I could be a good actress,” he reflected. “But until now, I have not done anything yet.”
8Ewan McGregor in Emma
Before using a lightsaber as a young Obi-Wan Kenobi, or singing with all his heart in Moulin Rouge, Ewan McGregor was known as the emerging star of Trainspotting, the story of a group of friends in Edinburgh fighting heroin addiction and crime, which put McGregor on the map and left him eager to show the world that he had the skills to act with a different character. That’s what led him to accept the role of Frank Churchill in Emma, the film that, as the actor told The Guardian in 2003, considers his worst work.
It may not have helped that he did not bother reading the Jane Austen novel that Emma was based on before appearing on the set. “It’s a good movie, Emma, but I was… Not very good at that,” he said with a shrug. “They did not help me because I also wear the worst wig in the world, it’s pretty fun, check that wig.”