It seems as though stars would love the roles that catapulted them to fame and fortune, but quite a few have grown to despise their iconic performances. That's not always the case. Wonderwall.com is taking a look at celebrities who hated their career-making roles, starting with John Boyega. The actor shot to fame for his role in 2015's "Star Wars: The Force Awakens," having been cast as the first-ever Black Stormtrooper in the storied franchise's history. He appeared in two other "Star Wars" films, as well, but he ripped Disney (which owns the "Star Wars" franchise) for his role diminishing over time. John felt he was marketed and championed for his groundbreaking character but was ultimately "pushed to the side." In chatting with British GQ, he said, "What [Disney] wants you to say is, 'I enjoyed being a part of it. It was a great experience…' Nah, nah, nah. I'll take that deal when it's a great experience. They gave all the nuance to Adam Driver, all the nuance to Daisy Ridley. Let's be honest. Daisy knows this. Adam knows this. Everybody knows. I'm not exposing anything." Keep reading to see which other celebs hated the roles that made them famous…
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Robert Pattinson has been very vocal over the years about his dislike for "Twilight," Edward Cullen and basically everything that has to do with the franchise. The British actor even went so far as to call out Edward's virginity! "He's the most ridiculous person… the more I read the script, the more I hated this guy," he told Empire. "Plus, he's a 108 year-old virgin so he's obviously got some issues there." During one interview Robert was asked what he took from the "Twilight" set when he left and he responded with "my dignity." Yikes!
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Megan Fox has not held back about her dislike for her role in the "Transformers" franchise and her experience working with Michael Bay, the director of the films. "I can't s— on this movie because it did give me a career and open all these doors for me. But I don't want to blow smoke up people's a–. People are well-aware that this is not a movie about acting," Megan said during one interview. She later commented that working with Michael — who she described as "Hitler" on set — was a total "nightmare" due to his objectifying and misogynistic behavior.
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Serena van der Woodsen might have established Blake Lively as a certified Hollywood "It" girl, but the mother-of-two has spoken out about how much she disliked her "Gossip Girl" character. "It's a weird thing when people feel like they know you really well and they don't. I would not be proud to be the person who gave someone the cocaine that made them overdose and then shot someone and slept with someone else's boyfriend," she explained. "People loved it, but it always felt a little personally compromising — you want to be putting a better message out there."
Shailene Woodley is a well-known actress and activist today, but a few years ago, she was establishing her career playing a pregnant teen on "The Secret Life of the American Teenager." The actress has said that as the series wound down, she truly disliked her role as Amy. "Towards the end, morally, the things that we were preaching on that show weren't aligned with my own integrity," Shailene explained. "So that was a bit hard to show up to work every day knowing that we were going to project all of these themes to thousands, millions of young adults across the country, when in fact they weren't what I would like to be sending out."
Christian Bale is an accomplished A-list actor today, but back in 1992, he was worried that his breakout role in "Newsies" would hurt his career. He wanted respect as an actor and felt that "at 17, you want to be taken very seriously — you don't want to be doing a musical," he told Entertainment Weekly (he'd signed on to the Disney flick before musical numbers were added). "Time healed those wounds. But it took a while."
Like many Disney stars before her, Miley Cyrus came to truly resent her cookie-cutter, innocent-girl character on "Hannah Montana." "I was told for so long what a girl is supposed to be from being on that show," Miley told Marie Claire in 2015. "I was made to look like someone that I wasn't, which probably caused some body dysmorphia because I had been made pretty every day for so long, and then when I wasn't on that show, it was like, 'Who the f— am I?'"
We're pretty sure no one hates Han Solo — except for the actor who played him! Harrison Ford has spoken out over the years about his dislike for his "Star Wars" character, even going so far as to repeatedly ask for Han to be killed off (he got his wish in 2015's "Star Wars: The Force Awakens). During the press tour for "Return of the Jedi" in 1983, Harrison said that he was "…glad to see that costume for the last time." The actor also referred to Han as "…dumb as a stump." Ouch.
"Two and a Half Men" made Angus T. Jones a big TV star, but the actor eventually grew to hate his role thanks to his growing relationship with religion. In a video statement he made for a Christian group, Angus called the show "filth" and said that he regretted staring on the sitcom: "I'm on 'Two and a Half Men' and I don't want to be on it. Please stop watching." Angus officially left the show in 2014, stating he had been "a paid hypocrite."
Michelle Pfeiffer was in her early 20s when she secured her breakout role as Stephanie Zinone in "Grease 2." Looking back, the actress has said that the part was one of her worst. "I hated that film with a vengeance and could not believe how bad it was. At the time I was young and didn't know any better," she said in a 2007 interview with The Telegraph.
"Titanic" made Kate Winslet the A-lister she is today but the actress hated her performance in the 1997 movie. "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," she told The Telegraph. "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.'"
Carrie Fisher was vocal about her love-hate relationship with "Stars Wars." The late actress expressed in her "Wishful Drinking" memoir that she was lucky to win the role of Princess Leia, but that being the face a huge franchise changed her life for the worse. "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 fan mail — and even a small merry band of stalkers — to keep us entertained for the rest of our unnatural lives," she wrote. Carrie also elaborated on how she hated her iconic, highly sexualized metal bikini.
Before Christopher Reeve, Tom Welling, Brandon Routh or Henry Cavill wore the Superman cape, George Reeves was the Man of Steel audiences knew and loved. The actor starred in the 1950s show "The Adventures of Superman." Although George respected the role, he came to view it as "beneath his dignity" and constantly referred to the costume as a "monkey suit." He also credited the role with ruining his career, thanks to typecasting.
Before Andrew Lincoln was killing zombies on "The Walking Dead," he was just an enamored guy in love with his best friend's wife. Andrew starred as Mark in "Love, Actually," a breakout role he has described as "weird" and "creepy." "The story is set up like a prism looking at all the different qualities of love. Mine was unrequited. So I got to be this weird stalker guy," he told one interviewer.
"The Sound of Music" is a classic, and while fans worldwide love the film, leading man Christopher Plummer does not. The actor hated the "boring" role of Captain Von Trapp and has claimed that trying to add any fun to the character was like "flogging a dead horse." "I think the part in 'The Sound of Music' was the toughest," Christopher explained in 2011. "Because it was so awful and sentimental and gooey. You had to work terribly hard to try and infuse some minuscule bit of humor into it."
Ariana Grande is a global pop superstar now, but she started her career as a child actor on Nickelodeon shows "Victorious" and "Sam & Cat." While playing Cat Valentine was a "dream come true," according to Ariana, it also had its major drawbacks by the time "Sam & Cat" wrapped. "For a long time I was attached to a character that was nothing like myself. It was a little frustrating," she told People in 2014.
"A Streetcar Named Desire" is regarded as one of the best movies of all time, but leading man Marlon Brando hated everything about it. The acting legend, who starred as Stanley Kowalski, hated how much he differed from the character. Marlon explained in his autobiography that he had to draw from guys who were "muscled, inarticulate, aggressive animals who go through life responding to nothing but their urges and never doubting them" to play Stanley. He also criticized the character for being too much of a sex symbol.
James Bond is loved by ladies and gents alike, but not by one of the most famous actors who ever played the spy. Sean Connery has been vocal about his distaste for 007 and the "James Bond" franchise. The Scottish-born star played Bond for seven movies but only received a few million dollars for his work, contributing to his "Bond" hatred (the franchise is worth billions). In fact, Sean wouldn't even promote the 50th anniversary of the character when asked. "I hate that [expletive] James Bond. I'd like to kill him," he expressed in one interview.
"Stars Wars" is one of the most beloved — and the second-highest grossing — film series ever, but a key actor did not enjoy his role in the movies. Alec Guinness reportedly hated starring as Obi-Wan Kenobi when the original "Star Wars" was released in the 1970s. The acclaimed theater actor criticized the film as "fairy-tale rubbish" in a 1975 letter that was detailed in his autobiography, "Alec Guinness: The Authorised Biography." "Can't say I'm enjoying the film — new rubbish dialogue reaches me every other day on wadges of pink paper — and none of it makes my character clear or even bearable," he wrote. Alec later wrote in his diary: "Apart from the money, which should get me comfortably through the year, I regret having embarked on the film." One year before his death, Alec reiterated his sentiments, saying in a 1999 interview, "What I didn't tell [creator George] Lucas was that I just couldn't go on speaking those bloody awful, banal lines. I'd had enough of the mumbo jumbo."
Mark Wahlberg wasn't exactly playing a role when he came onto the scene as rapper Marky Mark, but that didn't stop the A-lister from looking back on that time with embarrassment. "I thought I was so cool back then, but when I see the footage, I was such an a–," he told Sports Illustrated. Today, Mark hates to be associated with his rap days, his "Funky Bunch" band or his hit song "Good Vibrations."