Not His Favorite Things
Christopher Plummer has been on a late-career roll with movies like "Beginners" (for which he won an Oscar) and the soon-to-be-released "All the Money in the World" (for which he was just nominated for a Golden Globe). But there's another famous role that the veteran actor—now celebrating his 88th birthday—thought was dreadful. Click through for more on films that became favorites to many, but not to their stars.
Christopher Plummer, "The Sound of Music"
He called it "The Sound of Mucus." Although the 1965 musical won the Oscar for Best Picture and broke box-office records, Christopher Plummer slammed "The Sound of Music" as "awful and sentimental and gooey," noting that it was a struggle to "infuse some minuscule bit of humor" into his role as Captain von Trapp. Remarkably, Plummer and his co-star Julie Andrews became lifelong friends.
Alec Guiness, "Star Wars"
"New rubbish dialogue reaches me every other day on wadges of pink paper," Alec Guiness wrote to a friend in 1976. The legendary actor who played Obi-Wan Kenobi later noted in his diary: "Apart from the money, which should get me comfortably through the year, I regret having embarked on the film ... the dialogue, which is lamentable, keeps being changed and only slightly improved."
Kate Winslet, "Titanic"
Watching the most successful movie of her career made Kate Winslet recoil. "Every single scene, I'm like, 'Really, really? You did it like that? Oh my God,'" she told CNN after catching a new 3-D version of 1997's "Titanic." "Even my American accent, I can't listen to it. It's awful." The bottom line: "Oh God, I want to do that again.'"
Clark Gable, "Gone With the Wind"
The 1939 historical epic got rave reviews, won 10 Academy Awards and, with adjustments for inflation, remains the highest-grossing movie of all time. Not that Clark Gable gave a damn. He contemptuously dismissed "Gone With the Wind" as "a woman's picture."
Glenn Close, "Fatal Attraction"
Alex Forrest, her character in 1987's "Fatal Attraction," ranks No. 7 on the American Film Institute's list of the top 50 movie villains. But Glenn Close now regrets the way she played the role, which she feels added to the stigma associated with mental illness. "Most people with mental illness are not violent," she told CBS News. "That is wrong, and it's proven wrong and it is immoral to keep that perpetrated."
Sean Connery, “Dr. No,” “From Russia With Love,” “Goldfinger,” “Thunderball”…
"I have always hated that damn James Bond," said Sean Connery, the original 007. "I'd like to kill him."
Woody Allen, "Manhattan"
It's widely considered one of his best films, but Woody Allen was so unhappy with 1979's "Manhattan" that he told United Artists he'd "do his next film for nothing if they would just agree not to release this one," says his colleague Robert B. Weide. Allen deemed the script "too preachy, too self-righteous." It probably didn't help that the preachiest lines are spoken by the movie's protagonist, comedy writer Isaac Davis, played by Woody himself.
Daniel Craig, "Spectre"
The best James Bond since Sean Connery had something in common with the original 007: He got thoroughly sick of the role. Asked if he'd consider doing another Bond movie after 2015's "Spectre," Craig told Time Out, "I'd rather break this glass and slash my wrists ... I'm over it at the moment. We're done. All I want to do is move on."
Meryl Streep, "The French Lieutenant's Woman"
Reviews for this 1981 romantic drama, with Meryl Streep in the title role, were generally good, but the revered actress thought her performance stank. As she recalled on a British talk show, "I didn't feel like I was living it." Quoting her character in the movie, she added with a laugh, "I didn't feel I imbued the angel of inspiration with the ... whatever it was."
Burt Reynolds, "Boogie Nights"
After the filming was finished, Burt Reynolds fired his agent and turned down a role in Paul Thomas Anderson's next picture, "Magnolia." Never mind that Anderson's 1997 epic about the Golden Age of Porn was credited with reviving the veteran actor's career. Reynolds, who received his first and only Oscar nomination for "Boogie Nights," said he "hated" the young director and the movie (though he never actually saw the final cut).
Sharon Stone, "Basic Instinct"
This is a case of he said, she said. Sharon Stone claims she was appalled the first time saw her infamous leg crossing scene in 1992's "Basic Instinct." Director Paul Verhoeven had tricked her into removing her underwear, she explains, assuring her that the shot wouldn't reveal too much. Verhoeven maintains that Stone knew exactly what he was up to. Stone says she slapped the director after seeing the movie; Verhoeven says she merely threatened to sue. Either way, it remains the film's most iconic scene.
Cary Grant, "Arsenic and Old Lace"
Director Frank Capra tried to get Bob Hope, Jack Benny and Ronald Reagan for the lead role in this beloved black comedy before he settled on Cary Grant. Unfortunately, the debonair actor ended up wishing Capra had cast someone else. He considered his own performance painfully over the top and later cited "Arsenic and Old Lace" as his least favorite of all the movies he'd made. "Jimmy Stewart would have been much better,'' said Grant, who donated his pay—$100,000—to wartime relief.
Faye Dunaway, "Mommie Dearest"
"Faye Dunaway has the talent and the class and the courage it takes to make a real star," Joan Crawford wrote in 1971. Ironically, Dunaway came to regret playing Crawford in the 1981 camp classic "Mommie Dearest." "I think it turned my career in a direction where people would irretrievably have the wrong impression of me," she told People magazine. "I should have known better, but sometimes you're vulnerable and you don't realize what you're getting into."
Harrison Ford, "Blade Runner"
Harrison Ford clashed with director Ridley Scott throughout the filming and for many years refused to talk about this 1982 dystopian tale set in a dark future. What really stuck in his craw was the voiceover narration, which the actor said was written by "clowns." Still, he's apparently gotten over it: Ford co-starred with Ryan Gosling in the recent sequel, "Blade Runner 2049."
Jane Fonda, "Barbarella"
Proof that not all regrets are lasting. Jane Fonda is no longer embarrassed by 1968's "Barbarella," though she came to despise it in feminism's 1970s heyday. "For a long time, I couldn't look at it," Fonda told CBS News, referring to the sci-fi sex comedy directed by her then-husband, French filmmaker Roger Vadim. "I thought that it was politically incorrect, you know." And today? "I can look at it now and laugh at it, and find it very charming,"
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