It’s tough to be an actor in Hollywood. More often than not, young and impressionable stars can be pressured into taking roles they may not like. What’s worse, sometimes their character has to something unimaginable.
This could be a moral deviation or an act of nudity – either way, we sometimes forget how actors are real people with real thoughts and concerns. This list aims to highlight some of the scenes that actors have regretted filming over the years. Each reason is different – but all share the same feeling of regret.
Burt Reynolds’ Stunt in Deliverance
Burt Reynolds in “Deliverance” | Warner Bros.
We all remember the famous scene in 1972’s Deliverance when Burt Reynolds paddles a canoe over a waterfall. More than 45 years have passed and we’re still talking about it today. However, Reynolds has admitted that if he could do it again, he would opt for a dummy doll to be used instead. It turns out that the actor broke his tailbone in the process and made the rest of the shoot incredibly difficult. Ouch!
Nicole Kidman in Big Little Lies
Nicole Kidman in “Big Little Lies” | HBO
When HBO’s Big Little Lies premiered in 2017, it captivated audiences everywhere. HBO is known for pushing boundaries and this is no exception. Kidman plays Celeste, a woman who is constantly abused by her husband (played by Alexander Skarsgard). It turns out those scenes aren’t just hard to watch – Nicole Kidman has admitted that she was completely drained emotionally from them. Despite her Golden Globe win from the role, she said she was often left feeling humiliated and angry after each scene.
Terence Stamp with Natalie Portman in The Phantom Menace
Terence Stamp in “Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace” |20th Century Fox
According to reports, Terence Stamp only agreed to appear in Episode I: The Phantom Menace because he wanted to work alongside Natalie Portman. Unfortunately, his career dreams were quickly left in ashes when director George Lucas informed him he would be acting opposite a strip of paper. He has described the entire experience as ‘boring’ and was horrified by the final product of the film. Overall, the entire trilogy was met with a luke-warm reception.
Jennifer Lawrence in Passengers
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Oscar-winner Jennifer Lawrence didn’t appear in her first sex scene until 2016’s Passengers alongside Chris Pratt. She doesn’t regret filming the scene as much as she regrets her unconventional prep for it. Lawrence admits to getting drunk to ease the nerves, but that this only led to more anxiety afterward. She didn’t remember what she had done during filming as waited impatiently until the film’s release to find out! Not very professional of her, since she’s considered one of Hollywood’s brightest stars.
Gordon Ramsay in Hotel Hell
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Even though celebrity chef Gordon Ramsey has made a fortune shouting and screaming at people in the kitchen, it was a scene outside the kitchen that gained notoriety. In one scene of Hotel Hell, Ransey stripped off and went for a swim in one of the hotel’s bathtubs. No one really wanted to see his private parts and the moment sparked complaints from viewers. Ultimately, Ramsey released a statement apologizing for the act and he has admitted to regretting it.
Dakota Johnson in Fifty Shades of Grey
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In perhaps the least surprising news to come out of Hollywood since Harvey Weinstein, it turns out Dakota Johnson regrets her scenes in the 50 Shades series. The books were a sensation when they dropped and a movie franchise was quickly greenlit. However, it should have been clear that no actor in their right mind would agree to appear in bondage scenes, however kinky they may be. Ultimately, the duo had no chemistry and both actors regret being in the films.
Sean Connery in all the James Bonds
Sean Connery as James Bond | United Artists
We all have our iconic Bond actors – it all depends on which generation you belong. The freshman actor to don the character was Sean Connery, who had little good to say about his tenure as 007. Despite playing James Bond for the first seven outings, the actor frequently feuded with Producer Albert R. Broccoli for years. He said the character had no development and relied on seducing women and a care-free attitude. Find out which duo regretted their famous kiss over the page…
Emma Watson and Rupert Grint Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2
Emma Watson and Rupert Grint in “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows” | Warner Bros.
It was a moment that fans had waited for across 7 books and 10 years. Little did the fans know it filled the actors with dread! Watson and Grint had grown up together as Ron and Hermione, so when their kiss came in the last film outing, they both admitted to cringing during shooting. They have been on record to state the two consider each other brother and sister, which would indeed make the shoot awkward!
Jim Carrey in Kick-Ass 2
Jim Carrey in “Kick Ass 2” | Universal Pictures
Funnyman Jim Carrey surprised fans and critics alike when he appeared as Colonel Stars and Stripes in 2012’s Kick-Ass 2. After a strong performance, he ultimately denounced his performance – and the entire film – after the Sandy Hook tragedy. He is a firm gun control advocate and blames films like this for increased gun crime. Carrey publically condemned the “level of violence” in it and requested people don’t support the film. This was mainly because it glorifies the use of guns and death.
Kate Winslet in Titanic
Kate Winslet in “Titanic” | Paramount Pictures
Even though Titanic would go on to become one of the highest-grossing films of all time, its main star would live to regret one of its most famous scenes. The famous ‘paint me like one of your French girls’ scene made Winslet uncomfortable, particularly since she was only 21 years old at the time of filming. Looking back, she doesn’t believe it was necessary even though she did it to prove herself as an actress at the time.
George Reeves in Superman
George Reeves in “The Adventures of Superman” | Warner Bros. TV
George Reeves captured the hearts and minds of young children in the 1950s during his stint at Superman. He loved playing the part except for one crucial part: showing that Superman was bulletproof. Famously, a young child would one day approach the actor with a loaded gun threatening to shoot him to test his strength. Immediately after, Reeves refused to appear on screen as a bulletproof again. He made sure children knew no human was bulletproof like Superman.
Roger Moore with Grace Jones in A View to Kill
Roger Moore and Grace Jones in “A View To Kill” | MGM
By the time A View To Kill hit our screens in 1985, Roger Moore was already 57 years old. His vintage age was one of the reasons he didn’t want to act alongside a 35-year-old Grace Jones in a love scene together. The actor admitted to being in bad shape when filming came around and he couldn’t keep up with the star. It has also been reported that the two stars clashed off stage, so that wouldn’t help!
Ellen Page in Juno
2007’s Juno was the indie film that became a cult classic enjoyed to this day. Overall, Ellen Page plays the pregnant teen with love and care as she prepares to give her baby to Jennifer Garner and Jason Bateman. However, one specific scene causes her to cringe today. When discussing baby names, Page’s character describes ‘Madison’ as ‘a little gay’. In 2014, Page would herself come out as gay and has fought against homophobia and in favor of LGBT rights.
Michael Fassbender in X-Men: Days of Future Past
Michael Fassbender in X-Men: Days of Future Past | Fox
Fassbender is widely praised for portraying the villain Magneto in the X-Men franchise. However, he appears to be his biggest critics when it comes to certain scenes. He has confessed to hating a specific scene in which Magneto loses his temper on a plane, causing it to rattle and shake. Fassbender has admitted that he hates the scene since it just looks like a normal man screaming with nothing unique. Don’t worry, Michael, fans around the world loved it!
Margot Robbie in Suicide Squad
Margot Robbie in Suicide Squad | Warner Bros.
This Ozzie beauty wowed audiences with her 2016 performance as Harley Quinn in the supervillain film Suicide Squad. Her iconic take on the role would inspire Halloween outfits for years to come. Unfortunately, one scene was pretty horrible for the star, and she regrets doing it. When Harley Quinn is dunked into white bleach by The Joker (played by Jared Leto), it caused quite a few headaches. Robbie explains how the goo got into her eyes, nose, ears, and mouth, and it was the worst thing she had ever done!
Taylor Lautner in Twilight
Taylor Lautner in Twilight
Even though Taylor Lautner rose to worldwide fame with his role as Jacob the werewolf in the Twilight franchise, it appears there are moments of the franchise he regrets. He doesn’t feel comfortable with the number of topless scenes that took place over the years and often hated appearing shirtless on camera. Lautner has been quoted as confessing that if he could do it again, he wouldn’t have agreed to so many scenes without clothes. Coincidentally, the actor has disappeared from Hollywood in recent years.
Bruce Campbell in Evil Dead II
Evil Dead wasn’t just a bloodbath on camera, but the behind-the-scenes tell a similar story. Apparently, Bruce Campell was pretty miserable when he kept getting covered in the famous red blood. In an interview about the franchise, he admits it was largely his fault: he insisted on using the same iconic mixture in the sequel that made it so memorable. Throughout the shoot, director Sam Raimi shot Campell with a whopping 55 gallons of the stuff!
Maria Schneider in Last Tango In Paris
Maria Schneider and Marlon Brando in “Last Tango In Paris” | United Artists
The famous butter scene between Maria Schneider and Marlon Brando in Last Tango In Paris is just as frightening off the screen as it was on screen. According to an interview with the actress before her death in 2011, Schneider admits she had no idea the scene would take place. Director Bernardo Bertolucci admitted to misleading the actress and subsequently caused her emotional trauma for months after the shoot. The story gained more attention during the 2017 Time’s Up movement.
Denzel Washington in The Equalizer
A gangster in the rain might look cool, but for Denzel Washington, it was a nightmare. The actor has been candid about the 2014 film and his experience filming the movie. There’s a moment when an explosion sets off the store’s sprinkler system making for an awesome set piece. However, Washington admits that 13 hours in the cold water was less than desirable. Still, he starred in 2018’s sequel – so it couldn’t have been that bad!
Emilia Clarke in Game of Thrones
Emilia Clarke in “Game of Thrones” | HBO
Any fan of Game of Thrones will tell you that Emilia Clarke has had her fair share of nudity on the show. HBO doesn’t shy away from the R-rated content and it has helped turn the show into the iconic programming we enjoy today. Unfortunately, Clarke has admitted she often finds her nude scenes uncomfortable. Her character, Daenerys Targaryen the Mother of Dragons, is no stranger to showing her bare body. This caused some awkward viewing since her parents are fans!
Sharon Stone in Basic Instinct
Sharon Stone in “Basic Instinct” | Artisan Entertainment
If there’s one thing we all remember about Sharon Stone and her role as Catherine Tramell in Basic Instinct, it’s… you know. It turns out she regrets the famous scene where she flashes the camera by uncrossing her legs. According to her, she never consented to the scene and slapped director Paul Verhoeven when she saw the film for the first time. He disputes the claim, but the story goes that he asked her to remove her underwear for a lighting issue. Sounds suspicious to us…