Do you ever see a trailer for what is clearly a bad movie and wonder how the stars can promote the thing with a straight face? They can’t. They’re lying about how good it is. And sometimes, after the fact, they come back and admit that the movie was bad, and maybe even apologize a little.
1. George Clooney is still very sorry about Batman and Robin.
“With hindsight it’s easy to look back and go ‘Whoa, that was really shit and I was really bad in it.’ In a weird way I was. Batman is still the biggest break I ever had and it completely changed my career, even if it was weak and I was weak in it. It was a difficult film to be good in. I don’t know what I could have done differently.”
2. Even Sylvester Stallone thinks Stop! Or My Mom Will Shoot is terrible.
“The worst film I’ve ever made by far, maybe one of the worst films in the entire solar system, including alien productions we’ve never seen. A flatworm could write a better script than Stop! Or My Mom Will Shoot. In some countries – China, I believe – running Stop! Or My Mom Will Shoot once a week on government television has lowered the birth rate to zero.”
3. Mark Wahlberg apologized for The Happening—that's the one with the evil trees.
“It is what it is. Fucking trees, man. The plants. Fuck it. You can’t blame me for not wanting to play a science teacher. At least I wasn’t playing a cop or a crook.”
4. Director/writer/actor Vincent Gallo on The Brown Bunny after it was savaged at the 2003 Cannes Film Festival.
“It is a disaster and a waste of time. If no one wants to see it, they are right. I apologize to the financiers of the film, but I must assure you it was never my intention to make a pretentious film, a self-indulgent film, a useless film, an unengaging film.”
5. James Franco, uncharacteristically short-winded on Your Highness.
“That movie sucks. You can’t get around that.”
6. Carol Burnett was once on a plane that showed her movie The Front Page, and afterward the flight attendant let her make an announcement.
“This is Carol Burnett, and I want to take this opportunity to apologize to each and everyone of you for my performance in the film you just saw.”
7. When his 1954 bomb The Silver Chalice was set to air several times in one week on a Los Angeles TV station in 1963, Paul Newman took out ad space in two local newspapers.
“Paul Newman apologizes every night this week—Channel 9.”
8. Romantic comedies like This Means War are the “bane” of Tom Hardy’s existence.
“I love to do things I hadn’t done before. I didn’t understand how you could do something which is so much fun and be so miserable doing it. I probably won’t do a romantic comedy again.”
9. Michelle Pfeiffer hates Grease 2 as much as you secretly love Grease.
“I hated that film with a vengeance and could not believe how bad it was. At the time I was young and didn’t know better.”
10. Mickey Rourke on Passion Play, and most other Mickey Rourke movies.
“Terrible. Another terrible movie. But, you know, in your career and all the movies you make, you’re going to make dozens of terrible ones.”
11. Jamie Lee Curtis on Virus, because in the ‘90s Hollywood adapted every Michael Crichton book they could find.
“That’s a piece of shit movie. It's an unbelievably bad movie; just bad from the bottom. It was maybe the only time I've known something was just bad and there was nothing I could do about it.”
12. Shia LaBeouf blames himself for the mediocrity of Indiana Jones 4, along with everyone else involved.
“You get to monkey-swinging and things like that and you can blame it on the writer and you can blame it on the director. But the actor’s job is to make it come alive and make it work, and I couldn't do it. So that's my fault. Simple.”
“Look, I’ll be honest. I fucking hate that movie!”
14. Fun fact: Michael Caine was filming Jaws: The Revenge on location and missed the Oscars when he won for Hannah and Her Sisters. He hates Jaws.
“I have never seen the film, but by all accounts it was terrible. However, I have seen the house that it built, and it is terrific.”