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09.20.2012

We all have regrets. Not a single person is devoid of something from their past that they wish they had never done. Hollywood actors are no different. Often, they know just as well as we do that it was a mistake to take a particular role. They would never say it during the press junkets promoting the film, but once it has been released and some time has gone by, they can certainly open up about how much went wrong with a particular movie.

Taking a cue from Mandy Pantinkin's recent rips regarding the television series CRIMINAL MINDS, Pajiba has compiled a list of 12 actors voicing their opinion on some projects the rest of us knew sucked the moment the trailer hit. Here are some highlights, but head over here for the full list.

Bob Hoskins - SUPER MARIO BROS

What is the worst job you’ve done? SUPER MARIO BROS.

What has been your biggest disappointment? SUPER MARIO BROS.

If you could edit your past, what would you change? I wouldn’t do SUPER MARIO BROS.


George Clooney - BATMAN & ROBIN

BATMAN & ROBIN was a disaster, rife with homoeroticism, camp, and those infamous Bat-nipples. Clooney once joked that he helped to kill the franchise. “Joel Schumacher told me we never made another Batman film because Batman was gay.” The actor also called the movie “a waste of money.”

Mark Wahlberg - THE HAPPENING

“I was such a huge fan of [Amy Adams]. We’d actually had the luxury of having lunch before to talk about another movie, and it was a bad movie that I did. She dodged the bullet. I don’t want to tell you what movie…alright, THE HAPPENING with M. Night Shyamalan. It is was it is. F*cking trees, man, the plants. F*ck it. You can’t blame me for wanting to try to play a science teacher, you know? I wasn’t playing a cop or a crook.”

Orson Welles - TRANSFORMERS: THE MOVIE

Welles hated working on TRANSFORMERS: THE MOVIE, where he voiced Unicron. When asked about the film, he not only couldn’t remember the name of his character, but he described the film as “I play a big toy who attacks a bunch of smaller toys.”

Extra Tidbit: Man, Orson Welles was a douche.
Source: Pajiba

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4:06PM on 09/21/2012
better off dead? he seriously didn't like that movie? I thought it was great! Classic 80's comedy!!
better off dead? he seriously didn't like that movie? I thought it was great! Classic 80's comedy!!
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1:51PM on 09/21/2012
These comments are pretty interesting to read coming from the actors, etc. As for the tidbit, we may never know if he was or not.
These comments are pretty interesting to read coming from the actors, etc. As for the tidbit, we may never know if he was or not.
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12:50AM on 09/21/2012

"Man, Orson Welles was a douche."

This fucking guy.

That comment is about as bad as your "unpopular opinion" bit on Goodfellas, Maidy.
This fucking guy.

That comment is about as bad as your "unpopular opinion" bit on Goodfellas, Maidy.
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12:47AM on 09/21/2012

As per your Tidbit

Because he didn't like Transformers, or just in general? He wasn't known as the easiest guy in the world, but could you supply examples so I don't feel like this was some sort of fan-boy knee-jerk response?

As far as Guinness goes, looking at his resume I can understand. And I've begun to feel a little that way about the series, too. Maybe I just need to watch 'em again. And Cusack, hey, if the man felt so strongly about the movie, I get it. But apparently the director didn't know, so I feel
Because he didn't like Transformers, or just in general? He wasn't known as the easiest guy in the world, but could you supply examples so I don't feel like this was some sort of fan-boy knee-jerk response?

As far as Guinness goes, looking at his resume I can understand. And I've begun to feel a little that way about the series, too. Maybe I just need to watch 'em again. And Cusack, hey, if the man felt so strongly about the movie, I get it. But apparently the director didn't know, so I feel sorry for him. Overall, pretty interesting.
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11:54PM on 09/20/2012

Eh...

The only person I think comes off as a dick is Guinness... I get that he took the part for the money, and didn't really ever want the role to begin with, but it's not like he took a role in some terrible, straight to video, B-movie. It was one of the biggest films of all time. I understand Cusack's reason for not liking Better Off Dead. It's an 80's classic, but it's cheezy and juvenile, and he was expecting the film to be more of a dramatic comedy revolving around a suicidal lovestruck
The only person I think comes off as a dick is Guinness... I get that he took the part for the money, and didn't really ever want the role to begin with, but it's not like he took a role in some terrible, straight to video, B-movie. It was one of the biggest films of all time. I understand Cusack's reason for not liking Better Off Dead. It's an 80's classic, but it's cheezy and juvenile, and he was expecting the film to be more of a dramatic comedy revolving around a suicidal lovestruck teen, than the 80's slapstick it ended up being. If you wanted to be taken seriously as an actor, would you rather be in a movie like The Breakfast Club or be in a movie like Mannequin? Both are classics, but only one is legendary.
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8:58PM on 09/20/2012
Fun read. I think if anyone is a douche based on the article though, its John Cusack, that reaction sounds a little overdramatic from someone that seems like a nice guy and was willing to star in the Raven, but then again maybe its because I actually really love "Better off Dead"
Fun read. I think if anyone is a douche based on the article though, its John Cusack, that reaction sounds a little overdramatic from someone that seems like a nice guy and was willing to star in the Raven, but then again maybe its because I actually really love "Better off Dead"
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9:37PM on 09/20/2012
Cusack is a dick for saying that about Better off Dead.
Cusack is a dick for saying that about Better off Dead.
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8:56PM on 09/20/2012

Mario Mario, and Luigi Mario

Yeah...I'd be ashamed too
Yeah...I'd be ashamed too
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7:07PM on 09/20/2012
Alec Guiness comes off as a bit of a dick. So it was him who wanted Obi Wan to die so he could have a smaller part? Was he contractually obligated to do Star Wars?
Alec Guiness comes off as a bit of a dick. So it was him who wanted Obi Wan to die so he could have a smaller part? Was he contractually obligated to do Star Wars?
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10:48PM on 09/20/2012
He wasn't but his career wasn't at his peek and he needed the money. "Serious" actors didn't do genre movies in those years and I think he was kinda hoping the movie would flop and be forgotten.

I always thought his performance was a bit overrated anyway. It was professional but you could see he didn't care as much as, say, Patrick Stewart in Star Trek.
He wasn't but his career wasn't at his peek and he needed the money. "Serious" actors didn't do genre movies in those years and I think he was kinda hoping the movie would flop and be forgotten.

I always thought his performance was a bit overrated anyway. It was professional but you could see he didn't care as much as, say, Patrick Stewart in Star Trek.
7:03PM on 09/20/2012
"Man, Orson Welles was a douche."

Wow.
"Man, Orson Welles was a douche."

Wow.
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6:40PM on 09/20/2012
The Hoskins bit has me rolling. LMFAO!
The Hoskins bit has me rolling. LMFAO!
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7:28PM on 09/20/2012
The poor man. Hopefully he can retire in peace knowing a lot of his other work more than compensated for Super Mario Bros.
The poor man. Hopefully he can retire in peace knowing a lot of his other work more than compensated for Super Mario Bros.
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