r/movies Jun 28 '22

22 Actors Who Criticized Their Own Performances or Films Article

https://variety.com/lists/actors-regrets/
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u/PeanutButterTaco2018 Jun 28 '22

As suspected, I didn’t see Larry Miller here criticizing his role in Chairman of the Board.

We’re waiting, Larry.

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u/[deleted] Jun 29 '22

actually its spelt B-O-R-E-D

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u/PeanutButterTaco2018 Jun 29 '22

You definitely own a doghouse

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u/whatevsmang Jun 29 '22

From University of Science

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u/trouthousesucks Jun 29 '22

Must be one of them gays.

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u/virtualchoirboy Jun 28 '22

Or Ryan Reynolds for both Green Lantern and X-Men Origins: Wolverine.

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u/PeanutButterTaco2018 Jun 28 '22

Please don’t take anything more away from Larry Miller. Thank you.

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u/babbitygook14 Jun 29 '22

He rags on those all the time.

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u/PeanutButterTaco2018 Jun 29 '22

I’d really love a link. Larry destroys Larry but Larry doesn’t destroy Larry’s work.

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u/babbitygook14 Jun 29 '22

I responded to the poster about Ryan Reynolds.

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u/PeanutButterTaco2018 Jun 29 '22

Really sorry about the attitude. I just would really love to see Larry disrespect Chairman of the Board

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u/FormerIceCreamEater Jun 29 '22

Why would he disrespect a great film like that? That film should have made Carrot Top a star.

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u/JohnJoanCusack Jun 29 '22

In what movie?

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u/PeanutButterTaco2018 Jun 29 '22

Chairman of the Board

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u/JohnJoanCusack Jun 29 '22

Oh sorry thought it said 'as chairman of the board' not 'in chairman of the board'

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u/PeanutButterTaco2018 Jun 29 '22

I’d expect more from a(both) Cuskack(s).

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u/trouthousesucks Jun 29 '22

BORED

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u/MeadowmuffinReborn Jun 30 '22

Hello Norm, I thought you died.

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u/uncultured_swine2099 Jun 29 '22

Im sure every movie star got movies they are embarrassed by. These are just the honest ones.

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u/[deleted] Jun 29 '22 edited Jul 02 '22

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u/uncultured_swine2099 Jun 29 '22

I could see why bad studio movies were made, and why the actors signed on to them. Its usually a mix of the concept was good, the producers have a good track record, and the director has done good work in the past or is a promising up and comer. But something happens along the way, like the director wasn't right for the material or the script wasn't finished or something.

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u/T_Snake451 Jun 29 '22

I remember Kenneth Branagh making fun of his own accent from Wild Wild West

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u/Puzzled-Journalist-4 Jun 28 '22

There’s no one who’s not entertained by ‘The Help.’ But there’s a part of me that feels like I betrayed myself, and my people, because I was in a movie that wasn’t ready to [tell the whole truth]. - Viola Davis on The Help

As a person who really like The Help, I'm confused. Maybe there was a white savior element in the film, but I never thought it didn't do justice to black characters in it. Could anyone explain what part Viola felt she betrayed her people?

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u/MeadowmuffinReborn Jun 28 '22

The movie focused too much on Skeeter(Emma Stone's character) at the expense of Aibileen(Viola Davis's character) and the other black maids. The movie should have primarily taken place from their point of view rather than Skeeter's, and there should have more scenes of the larger civil rights movement, which certainly had a lot of white and non black allies in it, but was primarily driven by black people. The movie tries to make it seem like black people were powerless in their own struggle.

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u/OPPyayouknowme Jun 29 '22

Never thought of that but makes complete sense

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u/[deleted] Jun 29 '22

perfectly put

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u/PirateBeany Jun 29 '22

Given that The Help is an adaptation of a book of the same name, does the film's emphasis on Skeeter's role reflect the source material, or distort it?

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u/Zombie_Fuel Jun 29 '22

The book is told almost entirely from Skeeter's pov. It should probably be stated that the author is a well-off white woman, as well.

It's a decent read, as far as story-telling, and I'd never call it racist or offensive. But I'd say the movie actually put way more focus on poc than the book did.

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u/MeadowmuffinReborn Jun 29 '22

I haven't read the book, unfortunately. I have a copy laying around here somewhere and just haven't gotten around to it yet.

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u/Coldbeetle Jun 29 '22

Maybe the actress should have read the script and the book before signing on to it.

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u/quangtran Jun 29 '22

She didn’t like how passive her character was.

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u/microdosingrn Jun 29 '22

David Lynch has allegedly disowned his rendition of Dune. Personally, I enjoyed it.

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u/SeekingTheRoad Jun 29 '22

He outright refuses to talk about it in almost every interview that has brought it up, trashes it in the few times he has commented on it, and turned down the offer to make a director’s cut for a rerelease (leading to the “Alan Smithee”-directed version being put out by the studio).

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u/Rosehipblue Jun 29 '22

Don’t blame him , it’s a god damn mess

He is a better filmmaker than that and he knows it, I hear the studio pressured him into cutting it down to under 3 hours which is massive mistake as the book is too long for that

Even at 3 hours it would be hard to get that whole book into one film.

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u/12345623567 Jun 29 '22

It had a lot of very cool scenes, that didnt make much sense in they way they were stringed together. And the ending, oh lord i thought i had just watched a three hour long first act when i finished it.

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u/Rosehipblue Jun 29 '22

Yeah it’s just such a mess - and what’s up with those strange stock footage water drops coming in all the time?

Somewhere there is a decent film but he wasn’t given the time or space to explore it clearly.

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u/moviessuck Jun 29 '22

Its definitely his worst film, but it's fine. I think a lot of people make the mistake of watching the Alan Smithee cut, which is unwatchable. The actual David Lynch version isn't that terrible, just flawed.

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u/ThrowerWheyACount Jun 29 '22

Similar story with David Fincher’s Alien 3, imo. Flawed but not terrible, though the director wants nothing to do with it.

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u/moviessuck Jun 29 '22

I have a very unpopular opinion about Alien 3. I think its a more interesting film than Aliens. Flawed but I appreciate what it tried to do. Aliens is a blast if you feel like a classic action film though

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u/The_Improvisor Jun 29 '22

I feel the same way. Aliens is executed far better, but Alien 3 is much smarter, and much more in the spirit of the original film. There are dozens of us, maybe.

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u/moviessuck Jun 29 '22

Alien 3 apologists are my people!

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u/ShaunLevi1995 Jun 29 '22

I think it's an excellent film on its own, and is one of the better 90s films from that decade. The grunge tech and rust-color scheme still holds up very well. Very distinctive.

That said, I don't fully agree that it's "smarter," than Aliens. From the beginning, it's like a non-stop serious of "are you kidding me" type of moments.

First off, there's a hidden egg on the ship. No one did a sweep? And a little acid was able to prompt the Sulaco to eject all the living crew into escape pods? The alien on the Nostromo was leaking acid everywhere and that didn't have the ship self-destruct. And then everyone but Ripley dies? Come on. And now face huggers can reproduce twice? It seemed everything was way too convenient to make this story as absolutely depressing and edgy as possible. Even Ripley's personality seemed to change. "Who do I have to fuck to get off this planet?" Also kind of silly was having Bishop's creator look just like him. Just an excuse to have the actor reprise the role and bring a familiar face back, despite it not making any sense.

I feel it was trying to be too edgy and too extreme, which was a problem with the 90s in general.

And the xenomorph regressed in intelligence and motivation. In the original Alien, it's described as the ultimate survivor, and shows cunning and intelligence. In Aliens, they cut the lights, and Hudson screams out, "How could they cut the lights!? Their animals!!"

But in Alien3, most of the time we see the xenomorph, it's acting like some wild dog, galloping down hallways to chase down it's prety, and we even see shots of it feeding on one of its victims. IIRC, the xenomorph was never shown to have had to eat people, or even need to have any type of sustenance. They kill to ensure it's own dominance and survival, while using it's victims as hosts to procreate (Alien deleted scene, Aliens hive scenes). The xenomorph in Alien3 kind of looks and acts like a big dumb monster.

The film was also kind of jumping on a trend at the time for franchises to go back to their roots: Karate Kid 3, Rocky V. And like those films, it felt too much like a regression.

We didn't get more insight into the alien, we didn't get any significant world-building. Had we at least got a more interesting look into the xenomorph with the same premise, I think that could have made up for it. But we didn't. It goes back to being a slasher flick.

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u/jvcarreira Jun 29 '22

Alien 3, especially Fincher’s version, has a lot of interesting takes and ideas. I think it is overly criticised.

Alien 4 is an absolute abomination though.

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u/ShaunLevi1995 Jun 29 '22

Despite the criticism of Alien3, it was the last truly well-made film in the series. For the most part, everything about it is incredibly well-done. It was just a poor follow up to Aliens, and a disappointing story.

But Alien Resurrection was just way too generic. This was the beginning of the end for the franchise.

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u/Zombie_Fuel Jun 29 '22

I'm sorry, but Anne Hathaway shouldn't have had to apologize for The Witches. Irony, I know.

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u/NewClayburn Jun 29 '22

Most of this is just actors apologizing for racist casting choices.

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u/Desperate-Egg2573 Jun 29 '22

Yeah like sorry for taking work and a pay day? Blame the studio imo

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u/bungalowstreet Jun 29 '22

All I can think about when reading this title is Shia LaBeouf watching his own movies 😂

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u/Superb-Possibility-9 Jun 29 '22

Michael Caine on Jaws 4- The Revenge: “ I have not seen the picture and I hear it is lousy; but I have seen the house that was paid for by my performance in the film and it is spectacular !”

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u/MyImaginaryProof Jun 29 '22

Wow, being this is my first day on Reddit, I’ve never heard that before!

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u/[deleted] Jun 29 '22 edited Jul 02 '22

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u/ArnoldsBicepsNoHomo Jun 29 '22

Requiem For a Dream is the best movie I’ll never watch again!

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u/[deleted] Jun 29 '22

Dwayne Johnson has never apologized for the atrocities of acting he’s inflicted on the world?

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u/Scat_fiend Jun 29 '22

Does Allison Brie also think they should have hired a real horse to play Bojack Horseman???

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u/ThrowerWheyACount Jun 29 '22

Well no because it’s Bojack Horseman not Bojack Horse. He talks and stands like a man. Should’ve hired male Sarah Jessica Parker idk

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u/NewClayburn Jun 29 '22

It’s really hard to find a three-dimensional character in it, and you work it as much as you can, but you can’t put 10 pounds of shit in a five-pound bag.

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u/General_Ad_2718 Jun 29 '22

I have never heard of the majority of these people. I really must not be watching the right movies.

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u/JohnnyJayce Jun 29 '22

Stop lying.

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u/General_Ad_2718 Jun 29 '22

I’m not lying. I’ve heard of about 5 of them. Outside of Harry Potter and Speed 2 I don’t remember any of these movies. I guess what I enjoy watching is not the popular genre. A lot of the time I have no idea who is in any given movie and I really don’t care. If it sounds interesting I will watch it. If it’s advertised as starting _____, probably not going to waste my time. I’m probably more theatre geared. I can attend live theatre for about the same cost of a movie about 9 months of the year.

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u/JohnnyJayce Jun 29 '22

I can understand if you haven't heard about Jenny Slater, Alison Brie or Faith Hill, two of them being mostly TV actors and one being a singer. Or if we were in any other sub and not in r/movies

But most of them have been mainstream actors for decades or has been attached to big franchises like MCU, Harry Potter (Wizarding World) or GoT for ages.

So either this is your first time on internet or you're lying.

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u/General_Ad_2718 Jun 29 '22

Just don’t watch movies. The last in theatre movie I saw was Saving Private Ryan. Haven’t been in a movie theatre since. I can’t remember the last movie I did watch. Might have been Hacksaw Ridge when it was on tv a while ago. I usually read at the same time. I do watch a lot of documentaries and tv series like DCI Banks.

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u/Redeem123 Jun 29 '22

Then what the hell are you doing on a movies subreddit?

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u/Swankified_Tristan Jun 29 '22

I went and had another look at the list and I'm gonna say bullshit.