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Actors Who Blamed Co-Stars For Their Movie Bombs

While the movie industry can be a big money spinner, with blockbusters like "Avengers: Endgame" making billions at the box office, there are also plenty of less successful releases as well. Some films can be a huge financial drain, costing studios hundreds of millions of dollars as they fail to inspire critics or audiences. The reasons for a movie becoming a flop can be varied — there might be problems with a script, a lack of confidence from executives leading to a reduced marketing budget, or a tense working environment between the cast and crew.

It is usually difficult to know exactly what the main problems were, but sometimes actors will speak out and provide some clarity. In these cases, the cast member might reveal how one of their fellow actors was a complete jerk or caused issues with their wild behavior, leading to a film that simply wasn't as good as it could have been.

Of course, it's rare for an actor to blame another member of the cast so publicly for a film's failure. That makes the occasions when it does happen all the more juicier, as we get an insight into just how entitled and unpleasant some people in Hollywood actually are.

Julia Roberts (I Love Trouble)

"I Love Trouble" is a 1994 romantic comedy written, directed, and produced by Charles Shyer and Nancy Meyers. It stars Julia Roberts as a young reporter and Nick Nolte as a veteran journalist who join forces to uncover a conspiracy that involves milk being genetically altered. The pair argue constantly but develop a formidable partnership. The film was a loser at the box office and heavily criticized in reviews, holding a rather low approval rating of 22% on Rotten Tomatoes.

The combative nature of the two main characters was possibly more genuine than viewers might have realized. In an interview with The New York Times, Roberts blamed Nolte for causing a difficult working environment on set, saying that he could be endearing one moment and revolting the next, while adding, "He seems to go out of his way to repel people." The problem became so bad that the Los Angeles Times claimed the pair often refused to act together, prompting the crew to use stand-ins, which may well have contributed to a lack of chemistry between the two performers.

James Deen (The Canyons)

Lindsay Lohan has had one of the strangest career paths of any actor in the last two decades. From child star to almost complete obscurity, she has been through her fair share of controversies and has seen her personal troubles spill over into her professional work. When she was cast in a lead role in Paul Schrader's film "The Canyons," it may have seemed like a good opportunity to turn her career around. After all, Schrader had been responsible for writing a number of critically acclaimed movies, such as "Taxi Driver" and "Raging Bull."

Lohan starred alongside adult film actor James Deen in the movie, which sees a rich filmmaker react violently when he discovers his girlfriend had a previous relationship with one of his actors. Box Office Mojo reports that it only just made back its tiny $250,000 budget, while the movie has a Rotten Tomatoes approval score of 21%.

A New York Times story suggested that Deen found it tough working with Lohan. She seemingly turned up late to almost every shoot and proved difficult on set, making the production harder than it needed to be for everyone. This prompted fights between Deen and Schrader, as they vented their frustrations about Lohan on each other.

Patton Oswalt (Blade: Trinity)

Wesley Snipes was at one time one of the biggest action stars on the planet, starring in movies such as "Blade," "White Men Can't Jump," and "U.S. Marshals." Snipes' spectacular fall from grace, which included a stint in prison for tax evasion, has only just started to turn around and find the actor getting back to what he does best. One of the precursors to his downfall came with the movie "Blade: Trinity." The 2004 sequel was the third entry in the Marvel superhero film series and starred Snipes alongside Ryan Reynolds, Jessica Biel, Kris Kristofferson, and Patton Oswalt.

Speaking to the AV Club in 2012, Oswalt revealed that the entire production was problematic, and that much of that was down to Snipes. According to the comedian, Snipes "wouldn't come out of his trailer, and he would smoke weed all day," while also getting into a big fight with director David S. Goyer, prompting Goyer to hire bikers to act as his security. The feud between the pair was so bad that the actor would only communicate with the director through Post-It notes — which is no way to make a movie.

Chevy Chase (Nothing But Trouble)

During the 1980s and early 1990s, Dan Aykroyd was one of the biggest names in the world of comedy. Having written and starred in films such as "The Blues Brothers," "Ghostbusters," "Dragnet" and "Spies Like Us," he was able to secure a deal to create the bizarre comedy-horror film "Nothing But Trouble" in 1991. It ended up being the comedian's debut as a director and remains the only time in his career that he took on those duties for a film. Although it features plenty of impressive acting talent, including John Candy, Demi Moore, and Chevy Chase, it failed to make much of an impression, grossing just over $8 million (via Box Office Mojo).

One of those talented people has blamed Aykroyd himself for "Nothing But Trouble" turning out to be a flop. In a 1993 profile story for New York magazine, Chase explained that the movie was the kind of project that could end someone's career, although he made a point of saying that it was also entirely Aykroyd's concept. Not only did Aykroyd write and direct the film, but he also portrayed two different characters. While Chase put the blame for its failure on his friend's shoulders, there have also been questions raised about his own antics on the set.

Mickey Rourke (Passion Play)

In 2010, Mickey Rourke starred in the drama "Passion Play," alongside Megan Fox, Bill Murray, and Rhys Ifans. Rourke starred as a down-on-his-luck jazz musician who falls in love with an exotic dancer named Lily and attempts to rescue her from a violent gangster after she is kidnapped. Despite the talented cast, the film received scathing reviews from critics and was described as being almost impossible to watch by IndieWire. This negative reception may well be why the film only grossed $25,000 against a budget of some $15 million (via Box Office Mojo), making it a huge financial failure.

While Rourke was originally quite complimentary about Fox, telling EOnline that she was wonderful in the film, he later appeared to backtrack on those comments. When speaking about "Passion Play" with Vulture, Rourke flat-out described the movie as terrible and then seemed to suggest that Megan Fox might have been part of the reason for that. When challenged about his previous description of her as a great actor, Rourke only smirked and said, "That I worked with." This wry comment didn't exactly paint Fox in a good light, nor did it act as a ringing endorsement for her abilities.

Tyrese Gibson (Annapolis)

In 2006's "Annapolis," a young man named Jake Huard (James Franco) is accepted into the U.S. Naval Academy at Annapolis. Struggling academically and causing frustration among the other recruits, Huard eventually wins back their loyalty and support by impressively performing against 2nd Lieutenant Matthew Cole (Tyrese Gibson) in a boxing tournament, earning the respect of everyone at the academy.

The movie, directed by Justin Lin, currently holds a Rotten Tomatoes approval rating of 10%. Roger Ebert said in his review that "Annapolis" was the "kind of film that has no visible reason for existing." Meanwhile, Box Office Mojo states that it earned less than $18 million in total when released in theaters.

If Gibson is to be believed, much of the failure of the film can be put down to his co-star. In numerous interviews since the film was released, Gibson has stated that the Method acting used by Franco caused problems on set and even led to heated arguments, especially when Franco genuinely punched his opposite number during filming. Uproxx later reported that Gibson said in a Playboy interview, "I never want to work with [Franco] again, and I'm sure he feels the same way. It felt very personal."

Kelly McGillis (Cat Chaser)

Many people might not have seen "Cat Chaser," a 1989 heist film based on Elmore Leonard's novel of the same name. Unlike some of the author's other movie adaptations, such as Quentin Tarantino's "Jackie Brown," this production was a definitive failure. It was eventually released directly to VHS rather than movie theaters as originally intended, according to Hidden Films, and received mixed reviews from critics.

A large part of the film's problems was down to the on-set bickering between lead actors Kelly McGillis and Peter Weller. McGillis told The Independent in no uncertain terms, "It was the most hateful experience of my life." Several people involved in the production told Hidden Films that the pair had no chemistry and that Weller's Method acting technique might have been to blame, as it clashed with McGillis' style. However, there were also suggestions that he may have made offensive remarks to her during the filming of certain scenes. According to the Telegraph, the movie prompted McGillis to almost quit acting entirely: she took an extended break before returning to the industry almost a year later.

Tom Hanks (The Bonfire of the Vanities)

To outsiders, "The Bonfire of the Vanities" may have seemed like a guaranteed success. Director Brian De Palma, who had previously helmed "Carrie," "Dressed to Kill," and "Scarface," was at the helm of the movie, which was based on Tom Wolfe's successful 1987 novel of the same name. On top of that, it starred bankable stars such as Tom Hanks, Bruce Willis, Melanie Griffith, and Morgan Freeman. Things didn't turn out quite so well, though, with the movie making back just $15 million of its $47 million budget and inspiring a book and podcast series about the troubled production.

According to IMDb, the film went on to be nominated for five Golden Raspberry Awards. These included nods for Melanie Griffith and Kim Cattrall for Worst Actress and Worst Supporting Actress respectively. Speaking about the movie years later, Hanks admitted that part of the reason for its failure was that everyone in the film, including him, was miscast in their roles. While not singling out anyone except himself, Hanks made it clear that he believed this was not the right cast to portray those characters and that translating the book itself to the screen was too challenging.

Taron Egerton (Billionaire Boys Club)

In the 2018 crime drama "Billionaire Boys Club," a group of young men in the 1960s quickly find wealth through a Los Angeles-based Ponzi scheme, but soon find themselves at the center of controversy and implicated in the murder of a character played by Kevin Spacey. The ensemble cast also included Taron Egerton, Ansel Elgort, Emma Roberts, Jeremy Irvine, and Judd Nelson.

The film wrapped at the end of 2016, shortly before actor Anthony Rapp made allegations of sexual misconduct against Spacey. According to The Guardian, more accusations followed over the subsequent months and police in the UK and the US began to investigate the actor. The controversy over Spacey's involvement in "Billionaire Boys Club" meant that it had a very limited theatrical release, according to The Wrap, with the film showing in just 10 theaters around the US.

Co-star Egerton told The Sunday Telegraph that the movie was a disappointment on multiple fronts and admitted that its story may not have been very appealing to moviegoers. However, he also put much of the blame directly on Spacey, saying, "it's sad that his professional demise threw such a shadow over our film." From this statement, it's clear that Egerton believes Spacey's behavior effectively was responsible for at least some of the film's poor performance.

If you or anyone you know has been a victim of sexual assault, help is available. Visit the Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network website or contact RAINN's National Helpline at 1-800-656-HOPE (4673).

Amy Hill (The Cat in the Hat)

Although Mike Myers may not be the comedy superstar that he was in the late 1990s and early 2000s, few would think of him as a jerk. But that may not be the case if certain reports are to be believed. The star, who had a string of hits with movies such as "Wayne's World," the "Austin Powers" films, and "Shrek," was cast in the movie adaptation of Dr. Seuss' "The Cat in the Hat" to replace the initial choice of Tim Allen, who Entertainment Weekly says was busy working on "The Santa Clause 2."

In the film, Amy Hill played the children's original babysitter, Mrs. Kwan. Speaking after the release of the film in an interview with AV Club, Hill claimed that Myers was a huge diva who would make the cast and crew wait for a long time before showing up to film scenes. The actor also said that the cast was made to do more takes than necessary as he would constantly tell director Bo Welch that he wanted to reshoot parts of the script. This seemingly caused frustration on set and altered the director's vision. Hill even claimed, "There was a guy who held [Myers'] chocolates in a little Tupperware," who would provide Myers with chocolate on demand. 

Marlon Brando (The Island of Dr. Moreau)

Val Kilmer has always had something of a mixed reputation within the world of Hollywood. Even from a young age, he was said to be something of a diva and perfectionist who was willing to drop out of a commercial because he didn't understand his role (via The Telegraph). So it might not be surprising to many people that he has clashed with a number of actors and directors over the years. But his most notorious behavior may well have come in the film "The Island of Dr. Moreau," which had a famously difficult production.

The documentary "Lost Soul: The Doomed Journey of Richard Stanley's Island of Dr. Moreau" charts some of these issues, explaining how star Marlon Brando and Kilmer almost came to blows several times and delayed filming when the pair refused to work with each other. At one point, Brando allegedly told Kilmer: "Your problem is you confuse the size of your paycheck with the size of your talent." It wasn't just Brando who had a problem with Kilmer either: "Moreau" director John Frankenheimer told Entertainment Weekly that he didn't want to ever work or interact with the actor again.

Ben Affleck (Gigli)

Starring Ben Affleck and Jennifer Lopez, "Gigli" is a mix of crime drama and romantic comedy that was released in 2003 to widespread ridicule. Telling the story of two mobsters who are involved in a botched kidnapping, the two protagonists eventually end up becoming romantically involved and escape together. Widely regarded to be one of the worst films ever made (via GQ), it was panned by critics and ended up being a huge box office failure. In fact, Reuters claimed that the production lost $70 million for the studio behind it as it grossed just $7 million at the box office.

Affleck has since spoken about how he believes Lopez and himself carry some of the blame for the movie's terrible performance. In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, the actor revealed that his real-life relationship with Lopez brought too much attention to the project and led to the studio deciding to add rom-com elements that were not part of the film, initially to take advantage of the press coverage that the actors were receiving.

The implication here is that if Lopez was not part of the production, things might have gone differently. What makes matters worse is that Lopez only got the role after Halle Berry dropped out, with Variety reporting that her filming "X-Men 2" clashed with the proposed shooting schedule of "Gigli."

Charlie Hunnam (King Arthur: Legend of the Sword)

Directed by Guy Ritchie, "King Arthur: Legend of the Sword" is an epic medieval film with fantasy elements inspired by Arthurian legends. Slated to be the start of a brand new blockbuster franchise, the movie eventually ended up losing Warner Bros. around $150 million, according to The Hollywood Reporter, with box office earnings of $148 million against a budget of $175 million. Even talented actors such as Charlie Hunnam, Jude Law, and Àstrid Bergès-Frisbey could do little to save the movie, which went on to receive mixed reviews.

While there are a whole host of reasons why "King Arthur: Legend of the Sword" failed to meet expectations, Hunnam believes there is one notable cause that played a large part. Talking to Andy Cohen alongside Hugh Grant and Matthew McConaughey on SiriusXM, he revealed that one unnamed actor was miscast and had to be cut from the final edit, which ended up wreaking havoc on the central storyline and was ultimately absent from the movie entirely. However, Hunnam did not reveal what the cut scenes entailed or who the actor was, leaving the problem a mystery.