19 Actors Defending Their Worst Movies


The CGI-heavy live-action adaptation of the musical cats was heavily panned upon its release, but star Jennifer Hudson didn’t agree with the criticism. “I think it was a bit overwhelming. It is unfortunate that it was misunderstood. I think later people will see it differently. But it’s something I’m still very proud of and grateful to have been a part of. Yes, I must be Grizabella the Glamor Cat!” she said.


Costar Jason Derulo similarly defended the film, saying “anytime you break the rules there’s obviously going to be a backlash” and calling it “an incredible work of art created by some of the best people in the world.”


And Rebel Wilson called it “such an artistic movie,” adding that while she wishes it had done better at the box office, it’s possible it could go on to become a cult classic.


2019 hellboy wasn’t well received, but its star David Harbor felt people were treating the film too harshly. “We’ve tried our best, but there are so many voices that address these things and they’re not always going to work,” he said. “I’ve done what I could do and I’m proud of what I’ve done, but ultimately I have no control over a lot of those things. … However, it also has major problems. I think as a rental, or as a movie you see on a plane, you’d be like, “Oh, that was fun,” because it’s a fun movie, and I think it was unfairly bludgeoned based on those comparisons [to Marvel films].”


Costar Milla Jovovich also defended the film, writing on Instagram: “All my baddest movies have been slammed” and “You work super hard to make something fun and entertaining and you have to digest the negative reviews from the film critics but hey! THIS IS SHOWBIZ BABY.” She also claimed that, like many of her earlier films, hellboy would become a cult classic thanks to the talent of those involved.


While Ryan Reynolds had publicly panned his film The Green Lantern Over the years he recently reviewed it for the first time and has some positive things to report. “Honestly, this cast is amazing,” he wrote, along with “There are a lot of heavyweights in the film. Not always used properly…but still…heavyweights.” He done with, “Maybe the Aviation Gin speaks, but #GreenLantern was nothing to worry about! Hundreds of incredible crew and cast members did a great job — and while it’s not perfect, it’s no tragedy. I won’t wait a decade next time.”


The much-anticipated suicide squad became a huge disappointment upon its premiere, but one of the film’s stars, Joel Kinnaman (who later landed the role in The Suicide Squad), also defended the film: “One always hopes for good reviews,” said Kinnaman. “But on a movie like that suicide squad, it really only has the ambition to entertain. The film has no major political ambitions; it doesn’t take itself too seriously. The only way to take yourself seriously is to portray these characters in an honest way. I really think we pulled it off and I’m proud of my work and everyone else’s work on this film.”


J.Lo opened up about her past flops in 2015 and poked fun at her 2003 box office success Gigli, jokingly to Seth Meyers: “There are worse movies than Gigli out there, okay?” Shortly before the film’s release, Lopez said she doesn’t see the film the way others do. “I measure my success by whether I did my job and how well I did it. For me, this film is a success in that sense. I went in with a certain amount of material to work with. I did my best that I could. When I walk away from a movie and I’m like, “You know what, you kind of called that” — which thank God I’ve never done — This is if I thought I was a loser.”


Her co-star Ben Affleck also defended the film at the time, but admitted it didn’t work as a whole. “I think there’s good work put into it, scene after scene. I think the acting is good – it’s a different character for me.”


Jupiter Ascending was notoriously panned for its illogical plot, but Sean Bean, who appeared in the film, called it “original” and “daring” and said the Wachowskis were “way ahead of their time.” “I think it’s the shortcomings of the people who don’t get it, as opposed to any shortcomings in what the Wachowskis were trying to achieve,” he said. “People don’t understand…this is their loss.”


After the superhero blockbuster Batman vs Superman: Dawn of Justice panned by critics, star Henry Cavill suggested that what the audience thinks matters. “Because they’re the ones who buy tickets, they’re the ones who either want to see more of this type of story or not. So the voice of the audience is the loudest, and by the end of this weekend the audience will have at least partially spoken.” He later said, after a lukewarm reaction from the audience, “I think this film is part of an arc between Snyder’s vision – or is – and mine In my opinion, he is also quite a niche. It’s a niche style within a genre. It is reflected in the reviews of the public and critics. It’s divisive. When something is niche, some like it and others dislike it. That’s the whole point of the niche.”


His co-star Ben Affleck called the film “the biggest hit of [his] career,” claimed, “It wasn’t necessarily judged by its execution but rather by its tone. People seemed to give the film a lighter tone and I found that interesting because it’s subjective. Sound is not a qualitative thing. It’s subjective, isn’t it? Some tones resonate with me that may not be with you. And the tone of the film really paralleled Frank Miller’s book [The Dark Knight Returns]what I liked and thought was great.”


Mike Myers’ career suffered a sharp decline after his panned film. The Love Guru. But in a 2014 interview, he said, “There’s a lot I love about this film,” adding that he “tried [his] the hardest.” Myers continued, “I just do stuff, and sometimes it goes well. But there’s a lot of comedy in this film that I’m really, really proud of. I fully appreciate that it didn’t hit an audience.”


Taylor Kitsch said he was “incredibly proud” to be starring in the lead role John Carter, despite the film’s abysmal box office performance and reviews. “I don’t see it as a failure,” he said. “I know personally that I did literally everything I could do that I could do John Carter. … That’s why I prepare so hard and try so hard so I don’t have any regrets. If it makes $10 at the box office, I still did all I could. Literally nobody will top me and that’s how I go about it.”


Water world was a disappointment upon release, but star Kevin Costner denies it was what fans say was a “low point” for him, though he acknowledges it could have been a better result. “What I do know is that I’ve never had to stand taller for a film when most were going the other way. The film, with all its imperfections, was a pleasure for me… a pleasure to look back on and to have been a part of. … I’m not sure if you know how popular the film is around the world.”


He also defended the poorly reviewed ones Postman: “You know, listen, a movie is what it is when it comes out and it has a chance to be seen again. I was always kind of proud of it.”


Pierce Brosnan was mercilessly mocked for his singing mamma mia!, but he has no regrets appearing in the hit musical. “I got a platinum album for my singing, you know, so fuck the haters!” he said, speaking about the success of the film’s cast album. “I got to sing with Meryl Streep! It was the last thing I expected, but I kind of got it. I got the joke, the karaoke of everything. They didn’t hire me to sing, but I still loved it.” Brosnan reprized his role (and sang again) in the film’s sequel.


When K-19: The Widowmaker became a box office disappointment, its star Harrison Ford offered an explanation: “This is a very unconventional film for American cinema. It’s not a movie about cowboys and Indians, good boys/bad boys. It doesn’t depend on the usual devices of the submarine movies,” said Ford. “These are men fighting against an invisible and insidious enemy who is not represented by another nation. It’s a little more complex and maybe a little harder for an audience. I think this film will have a better reception in Europe and other parts of the world than it did in the United States in the summer of 2002.”


And finally, Nicolas Cage has defended all his flops, including the straight-to-VOD (video-on-demand) films he starred in in the mid-2010s, such as arsenal and kill chain. While he admitted to making so many films during those years to avoid filing for bankruptcy and said he took films straight to VOD because he stopped receiving theatrical film offers, he says he still stand by all of his work. “When I was doing four films a year in a row, I still had to find something in it to give it my all. They didn’t work, all of them. … But I never called it. So if there was a misunderstanding, it was that. That I just did it and didn’t care. I was caring.”

Which box office results and critical flops aren’t that bad in your opinion? Let us know in the comments!

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