Angus T. JonesYou know who makes $350,000 for a week’s worth of work that gets condensed into a 22-minute show? Angus T. Jones. He’s the guy who plays Jake on CBS’s “Two and a Half Men”.Recently, he had a religious epiphany and decided to renounce the television show that has made him rich and famous since he started working on it almost ten years ago. He says of working on the show, “I'm on 'Two and a Half Men,' and I don't want to be on it.” Going beyond saying he doesn’t want to be a part of the show, he implores people to “stop watching it. Please stop filling your head with filth. Please”.He says all this in a video released by Forerunner Christian Church to YouTube, remarking that television in general, not just his own show, “is bad news”. He refers to the medium as “deceptive” calling it “the enemy”. He does all this in the context of an interview about his new found faith, but the kid seems to legitimately want to remove himself from the industry all together. And if he didn't intend to do it before, he’s probably a short-timer in the wake of this video. You know, until he claims to have been brainwashed and goes to rehab.
- 2When it comes to her role as "Princess Leia" in George Lucas's 1977 uber-blockbuster STAR WARS, Carrie Fisher puts it frankly in her memoir/one-woman show Wishful Drinking: "George Lucas ruined my life. And I mean that in the nicest possible way... George is a visionary. He has transported audiences the world over, and he's provided Mark [Hamill] and Harrison [Ford] and myself with enough fanmail - and even a small merry band of stalkers - to keep us entertained for the rest of our unnatural lives."
Fisher hated the fact that Lucas sold merchandise with her face on it - from dolls, to shampoo to Pez dispensers - and effectively turned her into a sex symbol. She hated the iconic Leia braids, which she felt made her face look too round. But most of all, Fisher hated the metal bikini from RETURN OF THE JEDI, which she felt over-sexualized her: "When I laid down, the metal bikini stayed up... So Boba Fett could see all the way to Florida."
- 3Having made over 2 billion dollars worldwide (and over 650 million domestic), James Cameron's 1997 film TITANIC is the second biggest blockbuster of all time (behind only AVATAR). So why does the film's star, Kate Winslet, hate having portrayed the character of Rose?
Upon watching the film, Winslet had this to say about her 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. 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.’”
But Winslet's performance wasn't the only thing she hated about the project. In an interview with MTV, she revealed that the film's theme song, Celine Dion's "My Heart Will Go On," is a constant source of annoyance for her that haunts her wherever she goes: "I did a talk show recently in Italy and they actually had a live pianist who started gently playing the theme song. I was not even gently, rather severely, urged to go and sing it as though I had in fact sung it myself in the first place. It was like, 'No! I'm not going to do that.' They're like, 'Oh no, come on it will be funny.' No, it won't be funny. At all. And I'm not going to."
- 4The STAR WARS curse continues!!!
While Alec Guinness's career was in no way made by his portrayal of "Obi-Wan Kenobi" in STAR WARS (he previously starred in many other major films including LAWRENCE OF ARABIA, GREAT EXPECTATIONS, DOCTOR ZHIVAGO and THE BRIDGE ON THE RIVER KWAI to name a few), I'm including him on this list because Obi Wan was an iconic role that re-popularized Guinness to a new generation of film-goers.
As the story goes, the classically-trained Guinness immediately regretted taking the role of Kenobi because he felt that the film's dialogue was stilted and poorly written. In fact, he hated the character so much that he was the first in line to kill off Kenobi at the end of the first film.
As the success of STARS WARS grew, so did Guinness's animosity towards the project. In his autobiography, "A Positively Final Appearance: A Journal," Guinness tells an anecdote about one time when a young boy approached him for an autograph. The kid told Guinness that he was a huge fan of Star Wars and had watched EPISODE IV: A NEW HOPE over one hundred times. Guinness agreed to give him an autograph, but only under the condition that he never watch the film again!
Obi-Wan Kenobi? More like, Obi-Wan Ke-No-Like-His-Roley.
Okay, that was pretty corny. I apologize.
- 5No, no... Christian Bale doesn't hate his portrayal of the chainsaw-weilding, embossed business-card distributing mass murderer, Patrick Bateman, in AMERICAN PSYCHO.
Nor is he displeased with his performance in Christopher Nolan's epic BATMAN trilogy (although George Clooney wasn't too happy with his nipple-enhanced itteration of the Dark Knight in 1997's BATMAN AND ROBIN).
But he has openly spoken out about his distaste for participating in the much beloved 1992 cult-hit musical NEWSIES.
So why did Bale hate playing Jack "Cowboy" Kelly so much?
As the actor tells it: "At 17, you want to be taken very seriously... You don't want to be doing a musical. Time healed those wounds. But it took a while.''
I don't know what on earth he was so embarrassed about...
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