Every great actor has that one defining role that catapults them to mainstream success and worldwide recognition. Owing their high-profile status to that role, actors tend to be quite grateful towards it but there are a few exceptions. Take a look at the 15 actors who hate their most famous role:
15. Angus T. Jones (Jake Harper)
As the “half” of CBS sitcom Two and a Half Men, Angus T. Jones was still a teenager when he became the highest paid child actor on television. Despite the role bestowing him worldwide fame, two Young Artist Awards and a TV Land Award, Jones absolutely hated it as he grew older.
Feeling that the adult humor of the show conflicted with his religious beliefs, the actor called it “filth”, considered himself a “paid hypocrite” and encouraged people to stop watching it. After making it clear that he no longer want to be a part of Two and a Half Men, Jones was let go but returned for a final appearance in the series’ finale.
14. Katherine Heigl (Alison Scott)
A star was born after the release of romantic comedy movie Knocked Up. Not only the movie received critical acclaim, it launched the career of Katherine Heigl. While she definitely showed potential, Heigl quickly gained the status of one of the most difficult people to work with.
The actress called the movie “sexist” as she felt that it “paints the women as shrews, as humorless and uptight” while presenting men as “lovable, goofy, fun-loving guys.” Heigl revealed that she had a “hard time” with her character as well because she was “playing such a bitch.”
13. Christopher Plummer (Captain von Trapp)
The actor hated his character of Captain von Trapp and stated that making him interesting was like “flogging a dead horse.” Additionally, Plummer often refers the movie as “The Sound of Mucus”.
12. Edward Norton (The Hulk)
Of course many of Edward Norton’s performances are outright better than the mentioned role such as Derek Vinyard in American History X and Mike Shiner in Birdman but it cannot be denied that the role of Hulk is his most famous one.
Surely being part of Marvel Cinematic Universe is good enough but not for Norton as the actor’s constant forcing of rewriting the script caused a ruckus during the shoot.
Unsatisfied with the script and overall presentation, the actor refused to promote his own movie and was not keen to reprise his role in the sequels.
11. Thomas F. Wilson (Biff Tannen)
As one of the best time-travelling movies of all time, Back to the Future made a lot of actors’ careers and Thomas F. Wilson is one of them. Despite reprising his role of Biff Tannen in the movie’s sequels, animated series and video game adaption, the actor has been annoyed too many times by the fans who ask him obsessive questions about the trilogy.
In order to escape the repetitive routine, Wilson just hands out an FAQ card and walks away.
10. Crispin Glover (George McFly)
Another Back to the Future star comes in the list as Crispin Glover was not too happy with the first installment’s message of being rewarded with wealth despite having “a talk” with director Robert Zemeckis.
His role of George McFly would prove to be the bone of contention with the studio when pay issues were raised for the sequels. As a result, Glover was recast and his likeness and footage from the first film was used. Things soon heated up as Glover sued the producers.
9. George Reeves (Super-Man)
Playing the Man of Steel is certainly an honor but George Reeves considered it “beneath his dignity.” Not because he hated the character but because the show Adventures of Superman had a cheap production to the point of the cast earning only $200 per episode.
In fact, the studio could not even afford the right colors for the iconic Super-Man suit but that was not at all a priority because of the black-and-white screens.
Still, Reeves considered it an insult and called it a “monkey suit”. Once the show wrapped up, the actor regretted the role that made him famous since he failed to get any worthy roles at all because of being instantly recognizable as Super-Man.
8. Jake Lloyd (Anakin Skywalker)
Thinking it as a role of a lifetime, Jake Lloyd portrayed the nine-year old Anakin Skywalker aka Darth Vader only to regret it big time once the movie received mixed to negative reviews. Out of anger, Lloyd destroyed all of his Star Wars memorabilia and blamed director George Lucas for ruining his childhood and career.