Controversial Filmmakers and Actors Who Apologized for Their Movies  

Kellen Perry
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Considering how many movies get made across the globe each year, there are surprisingly few directors, actors, and screenwriters willing to publicly apologize for putting out poor quality films. Of the rare directors who apologized for their films in recent years, some blame studio meddling (Josh Trank and Fantastic Four) while others just don't seem to get the hate (Joel Schumacher and Batman & Robin). Actors who apologized for their movies range from the humble-yet-manic (Shia LeBeouf) to the desperate (United Passions star Tim Roth just needed the money!).

Writers who apologized for movies are a lot easier to come by, considering how easy it seems for scripts to get re-worked. But not every writer is a victim of studio interference: Dragonball Evolution scribe Ben Ramsey admitted recently that he wasn't even a fan of the material and was simply "chasing after a big payday." 

Here's a look at films the director regretted making, writers who felt that their original vision was robbed, and actors embarrassed by their lackluster performances. 
 
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Considering how much critics hate his films, you'd think Michael Bay would have apologized for at least one of them based on their merits by now. But the only film Bay has ever truly apologized for is 2015's Project Almanac, and that was because footage of a real - and deadly - plane crash accidentally made the final cut, offending the victims' families.


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We all know 1997's nipple-festooned Batman & Robin was garbage, even the man forced (and paid handsomely) to wear the batsuit: George Clooney. Clooney has issued apologies for the flick a few times, including on TV in the UK on The Graham Norton Show. At the 2014 San Diego Comic Con, Clooney told fans, "Sorry for the nipples on the suit" as well as apologizing for the pun-heavy dialogue (both of which, you have to admit, aren't Clooney's fault in the least).


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Most critics would agree that Bruce Willis has plenty to apologize for (North? The Color of Night?), but, to his credit, Willis has openly apologized for 1993's Striking Distance. He admitted on a 2004 episode of On the Record With Bob Costas that the action flick simply "sucked."


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Not only did Battlefield Earth scribe J.D. Shapiro apologize for the 2000 sci-fi stinker (based on Scientology founder L. Ron Hubbard's novel), he wrote an article-length apology and got it published in the New York Post. Choice quote: "No one sets out to make a train wreck. Actually, comparing it to a train wreck isn’t really fair to train wrecks, because people actually want to watch those."