Aug. 16--Some actors have been known to not like some of the films on their resumes. Not wishing to burn any Hollywood bridges, these regrets usually emerge years later.
If they don't care so much, perhaps they don't promote that film prior to its release.
Rarer is the case in which a star will withdraw support of a film before it is even released. But that was the case when Jim Carrey took to Twitter in June to voice his concerns about appearing in "Kick-Ass 2" -- the graphically violent graphic-novel turned film sequel that opens in theaters on Friday.
Per Carrey's Twitter account:
I did Kickass a month b4 Sandy Hook and now in all good conscience I cannot support that level of violence. My apologies to e
-- Jim Carrey (@JimCarrey) June 23, 2013
I meant to say my apologies to others involve with the film. I am not ashamed of it but recent events have caused a change in my heart.
-- Jim Carrey (@JimCarrey) June 23, 2013
One could question whether such a level of violence as displayed in the first "Kick-Ass" movie -- pitting violent vigilantes against heinous crooks -- was OK with Carrey despite other shooting sprees and mass-murder events in the past.
Regardless, the man spoke his mind.
As did each of these well-known stars, and on occasion about roles that have come to define them.
Alec Guinness -- 'Star Wars' Multiple generations now identify Alec Guinness as the portrayer of Obi-Wan Kenobi in 1977's original "Star Wars" more than they would as the Oscar-winning best actor from "The Bridge on the River Kwai" or the star of the British comedy classics from Ealing Studios -- a fact that rankled him until his death in 2000.
He referred to "Star Wars" as "fairy tale rubbish" in correspondence with friends prior to making it. But he also thought it might be a box-office hit, and by negotiating 2 percent of the film's gross receipts in his contract, he lived comfortably for the rest of his life.
The story goes that Guinness convinced director George Lucas that killing Obi-Wan Kenobi would make him a stronger character, but in a later interview he admitted: "What I didn't tell Lucas was that I just couldn't go on speaking those bloody awful, banal lines. I'd had enough of the mumbo jumbo."
Later comments by the sharp-witted Guinness, who was known to dispose of "Star Wars" fan mail without reading it: "This is going to be an ill effect on your life," to a child who'd seen the film 100-plus times, and "I shrivel inside every time it's mentioned."
George Clooney -- 'Batman & Robin'
Before George Clooney became the king of cool in Hollywood, he was the guy who played Batman in the worst comic-book movie ever made.
"Batman & Robin" offered Clooney his first shot at being the star of a major motion-picture franchise, but he admits to crying at its 1997 premiere.
"They were real tears," he said, "because I realized that that might be the end of my career and I might have brought down the franchise along with it."
In a movie that featured Arnold Schwarzenegger's villain spouting groan-worthy one-liners and Clooney in a batsuit complete with nipples, it became the last Batman movie made until Christopher Nolan's darker vision eight years later with "Batman Begins."
"It was a difficult film to be good in. With hindsight it's easy to look back at this and go 'Whoa, that was really s--- and I was really bad in it," Clooney said of his turn in the cape, while staying classy: "But if I am going to be Batman in the film 'Batman & Robin,' I can't say it didn't work and then not take some of the blame for that."
Christopher Plummer -- 'The Sound of Music'
"The Sound of Music" was one of the biggest hits in Hollywood history, which made the whole situation that much worse for Christopher Plummer, who has been known to call the film "The Sound of Mucus."
His fear was that for all of his great performances, from Shakespeare on the stage to many acclaimed film roles, he was doomed to be remembered for what he saw as a one-dimensional, cardboard character in Capt. Von Trapp.
"It was so awful and sentimental and gooey. You had to work terribly hard to try to infuse some minuscule bit of humor into it," Plummer said in a past interview. He has since said that he's been too hard on the film, commenting that it was "a very good picture, for what it is."
But it was just 2009 when he remarked that working with Julie Andrews on the film was like "being hit over the head with a Valentine's card." Maybe there's a reason that the famously difficult Plummer didn't win an Academy Award until he was 82.
Katherine Heigl -- 'Knocked Up'
Katherine Heigl was best-known for her TV role in "Grey's Anatomy" until she appeared in "Knocked Up," the 2007 comedy smash co-starring Seth Rogen. Its success led to her lucrative career as a leading lady in romantic comedies including "27 Dresses," "The Ugly Truth" and "Killers."
"Knocked Up" is also the job on her resume that she describes as "hard for me to love."
"It paints the women as shrews, as humorless and uptight, and it paints the men as lovable, goofy, fun-loving guys. It exaggerated the characters, and I had a hard time with it, on some days. I'm playing such a bitch; why is she being such a killjoy? Why is this how you're portraying women? Ninety-eight percent of the time it was an amazing experience, but it was hard for me to love the movie."
Mark Wahlberg -- 'The Happening'
We've seen Mark Wahlberg play a cop before. We've seen him play a crook. But a high school teacher? We'd never seen that before "The Happening," and we'll probably never see it again. At least not if director M. Night Shyamalan is involved.
It's been many years since the filmmaker behind "The Sixth Sense" and "Signs" connected with audiences, and "The Happening" was another bomb. In later promoting his movie "The Fighter," in which Wahlberg co-starred with Amy Adams, the actor talked about her luck involving "The Happening."
"We had 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," Wahlberg said, before hesitating, and then throwing the movie under a bus.
"And then I was still able to ... I don't want to tell you what movie ... all right, "The Happening." F--- it. It is what it is. F---ing trees, man. The plants. F--- it. You can't blame me for not wanting to try to play a science teacher. At least I wasn't playing a cop or a crook."
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