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Actors Who Hated The Iconic Movies They Starred In

Though we tend to think of acting as a noble, artistic pursuit — or at the very at least, getting to play pretend all day — it is, in fact, a job. Even those stars paid millions do it still have to get up every day and go to work, whether they like it or not. Moreover, when one project is done, another must be found to keep their brand and income rolling. It can be a grind for even the most established thespians, and every actor has a role or two they're not particularly happy with.

Often, those roles are the kinds of things actors did early in their career: Cheesy guest spots on TV shows, bad horror movies they took to pay rent, kids programming featuring puppets and puns. In rare cases, however, the role an actor can't stand just happens to be part of a cinema classic. Yes, even the most beloved films are sometimes hated by the actors who star in them. Sometimes it's because they had a terrible time making the film, sometimes it's because they just can't stand to watch themselves, and sometimes it's because they just don't enjoy the film itself, despite its legions of fans. Here are a few stories of actors who don't like the iconic films they starred in.

Christopher Plummer: The Sound of Music

Though it suffered from bad reviews upon its initial release, The Sound of Music has gone on to become one of the most beloved movie musicals of all time. Families gather 'round their televisions to watch it, the songs remain catchy, and Julie Andrews' performance as Maria is an iconic piece of work, matched only by her role as Mary Poppins. That said, one of the film's other stars has never been a fan of it.

Christopher Plummer has spent decades reminding us that he never liked The Sound of Music, referring to the film as "The Sound of Mucus," "S&M" or simply "that movie" at various points over the years.

"I was a bit bored with the character,” he said, "although we worked hard enough to make him interesting, it was a bit like flogging a dead horse. And the subject matter is not mine. I mean, it can't appeal to every person in the world. It's not my cup of tea.”

Despite the years of jokes, Plummer has also acknowledged that people everywhere love it.

"As cynical as I always was about The Sound of Music, I do respect that it is a bit of relief from all the gunfire and car chases you see these days. It's sort of wonderfully, old-fashionedly universal," he said.

Alec Guinness: Star Wars

By the time Star Wars came into his life, Sir Alec Guinness was already a legend — and that's exactly why director George Lucas wanted him. The young filmmaker hoped that Guinness' name and reputation would bolster his film, which largely starred unknowns, and offered Sir Alec a chunk of the film's earnings in exchange. Guinness, thinking it was just another payday, took the job.

Then Star Wars became what Star Wars became, and while a lot of people involved in the production were happy about it, Guinness was not. Yes, Star Wars made him a lot of money, but he famously couldn't stand the film itself. He refused to open any fan mail related to the film, and even asked George Lucas to limit future appearances of the Obi-Wan Kenobi character because he hated the dialogue. Most famously, Guinness once told a young fan, who claimed to have seen Star Wars many times, that he'd only sign an autograph for him if he promised to never watch the movie again.

Harrison Ford: Blade Runner

Just about any list of the greatest sci-fi films ever made has to include Blade Runner. Ridley Scott's 1982 classic about a cop tracking rogue synthetic humans across a futuristic Los Angeles is still beloved today for its visuals, its performances, and the many mysteries buried within its story structure. Blade Runner is also esteemed for overcoming so-so reviews, extensive financial turmoil, and development hurdles. It's a movie that persevered, against all odds, to become a cult classic.

Blade Runner's frequent re-edits and re-releases over the years have meant that new audiences keep finding the film and falling in love, but star Harrison Ford apparently isn't one of them. In a 1999 interview, Ford said that no matter which cut of Blade Runner he watches, he responds the same way.

"I didn't like the movie one way or the other, with or without [the voiceover the studio forced him to record]. I played a detective who did not have any detecting to do ... In terms of how I related to the material, I found it very difficult. There was stuff that was going on that was really nuts."

Despite these struggles, Ford eventually did return to the world of Blade Runner for the sequel, Blade Runner 2049.

Crispin Glover: Back to the Future

Sometimes actors dislike movies they made because they didn't like the script, or they just did it for the money, or they were overwhelmed by the fame thrust upon them. Some dislike movies they made because of their director, or their co-star, or the place they had to live while they shot the film. Some dislike movies they made because they can't stand watching themselves in them. Then there's Crispin Glover, who has his own very specific reasons for disliking Back to the Future.

In an interview with The A.V. Club looking back on his career in 2012, Glover went into a lot of detail about why he didn't appear in either of the film's sequels as George McFly. It's complicated, but according to Glover, a lot of it started with his own dislike of the film's ending, when Marty McFly goes back to 1985 and finds that his parents are happy and his father is a successful and wealthy sci-fi author. For Glover, that kind of ending just sends the wrong message.

"I think if the characters have money [in the updated timeline at the end of the film], if our characters are rich, it's a bad message," he said. "That reward should not be in there."

For Glover, it is more important to simply show that Mr. and Mrs. McFly were in love. Director Robert Zemeckis did not agree.

Kate Winslet: Titanic

Kate Winslet was already an accomplished young actress by the time Titanic came around, but James Cameron's film about the sinking of the legendary ocean liner made her into an international superstar. Though she's since gone on to many other roles, and even won Oscars for her non-Titanic work, Winslet will forever be known in the eyes of many as the lovestruck Rose, immortalized in memes and on basic cable for years to come.

That said, when the time came for Titanic's 3D re-release, Winslet admitted that she actually doesn't like watching the film very much. It's not Cameron's filmmaking, though. It's her own performance.

"Every single scene, I'm like 'Really, really? You did it like that?' Oh my God...Even my American accent, I can't listen to it. It's awful," she said. "Hopefully it's so much better now. It sounds terribly self indulgent but actors do tend to be very self-critical. I have a hard time watching any of my performances, but watching Titanic I was just like, 'Oh God, I want to do that again.'"

Andrew Lincoln: Love Actually

Love Actually is one of those films that did well when it was initially released, but has grown its audience by leaps and bounds in the years since. The romantic comedy anthology about various Londoners and their relationships in the weeks leading up to Christmas has become a holiday staple for many fans, and continues to draw new fans through annual theatrical showings and Christmas movie marathons. That doesn't mean everyone who worked on the film has to like it, though.

While he acknowledges the film's impact, and even agreed to return for the Red Nose Day reunion special in 2017, Andrew Lincoln has admitted in interviews that he was never too comfortable with his own place in the film as Mark, the lovesick man who professes his undying affection to his best friend's wife.

"In one of the most romantic movies of all time, I got to play the only guy who doesn't get the girl," he said. "The story is set up like a prism looking at all the different qualities of love. Mine was unrequited. So I got to be this weird stalker guy."

Katherine Heigl: Knocked Up

In 2007, Katherine Heigl was a young actress still working on making the big leap from TV stardom to movie fame. She got a major break in the form of Judd Apatow's second film as director, Knocked Up, a comedy about the fallout from a one-night-stand pregnancy. Knocked Up was a major success both critically and commercially, helped make Seth Rogen into a major comedic star, and further cemented Apatow as one of the genre's guiding lights at the time. For Heigl, though she enjoyed making the film, it was also an unpleasant story about an uptight woman.

"It was a little sexist," she said. "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 b****; 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."

Robert Pattinson: Twilight

Robert Pattinson is one of a generation of young actors who rose to fame in the 2000s on the strength of a popular franchise. Like so many of them, he has since gone on to make stranger, more independent fare a big part of his career. Yes, he's heading back to franchise work with the upcoming The Batman, but Pattinson's recent filmography also includes acclaimed films like Good Time and The Lighthouse. He's not just a pretty face — he's a capable actor.

Pattinson can make strange indie films in no small part because he's extremely famous after playing Edward Cullen in the five Twilight films. Those films, based on Stephenie Meyer's massively popular novels of the same name, drew a rabid fanbase to Pattinson, and while he's well aware of what the films did for him in terms of status, he was never actually a fan of the films themselves. He once said if he were just a viewer he would "mindlessly hate" Twilight. He has since warmed to the films a bit, though, or at least the memory of them: "Now the intensity has died down and it's just very warm memories," he said.

Daniel Radcliffe: Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince

Daniel Radcliffe's life changed forever when he was cast as the title character in the Harry Potter series of films, based on J.K. Rowling's mega-bestseller series of books. Radcliffe played Potter in eight different films across an entire decade of his life, quite literally growing up on the big screen before our very eyes. He's since used his Potter clout to work on a large number of smaller-scale projects, from horror films like The Woman in Black to strange indie fare like Swiss Army Man and even the TBS comedy series Miracle Workers. Radcliffe has fond memories of his time as the boy wizard, and always seems happy to share memories of making the Potter films. There is one film in the series, though, that he hates watching himself in.

"It's hard to watch a film like Harry Potter And The Half-Blood Prince, because I'm just not very good in it. I hate it," Radcliffe said. "My acting is very one-note and I can see I got complacent and what I was trying to do just didn't come across. My best film is the fifth one (Order Of The Phoenix) because I can see a progression." Radcliffe might only see stagnation and opportunities for improvement, but fans, at least, don't seem too bothered.