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Natalie Portman & 4 Other Actors on the Movies They Regret Making

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By Brooklyn Denton

It may or may not come as a surprise, but not every top billed highly paid actor is in love with the roles they take on. Whether it's the execution of a film not living up to the expectations laid out by a script, or a paycheck blinding an actor with dollar signs, the business of movie-making can sometimes prove not to be all it's cracked up to be.

Despite the glitz and glam of Hollywood, some movie stars have been very transparent about the films that they hated making the most in their careers. Read on to learn more about the projects that are still making actors like Natalie Portman and George Clooney cringe with embarassment.

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'Batman & Robin'

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Following the lead of actors Val Kilmer and Michael Keaton in the iconic role of the Cape Crusader was George Clooney. Clooney's regret over the 1997 film Batman & Robin has been well-documented over the years. What was supposed to be the role that put Clooney on the map was panned by critics as an abysmal project.

Clooney once said, "Let me just say that I’d actually thought I’d destroyed the franchise until somebody else brought it back years later and changed it. I thought at the time that this was going to be a very good career move. It wasn’t."

'The Amazing Spider-Man'

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No, it's not Andrew Garfield who regrets this 2012 reboot, but lawd knows it should be. Instead, it's veteran actress Sally Field that publicly shunned her appearance in the film's short-lived series. The award-winning actress didn't critique the film like critics, but did feel like her presence in The Amazing Spider-Man left a lot to be desired.

In fact, Field “expressed regret for taking the role of Aunt May in the 2012 [movie] … The Amazing Spider-Man" and was "dismayed to find there was little substance to the role.”

'The Bourne Ultimatum'

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Matt Damon owes a lot of his popularity to his breakout role as the titular character in the Bourne franchise. However, his work with the three-movie franchise isn't without criticism. Damon admitted that the third installment Bourne Ultimatum wasn't his favorite and said the script wasn't up to par with the previous films.

He revealed to GQ, "… [the script] was unreadable. … [A] career-ender. …I could put this thing up on eBay and it would be game over for that dude. It’s terrible. It’s really embarrassing. He was having a go, basically, and he took his money and left."


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Australia had all of the ingredients to be an amazing film. It had Nicole Kidman, the creative mind behind the magic of Moulin Rouge, and Hugh Jackman but something about the flick just didn't click. Due to Kidman and director Baz Lurhmann's chemistry in their previous project, Australia should have been the masterpiece we didn't know we needed.

The 2008 epic romance is the third highest grossing Australian film of all time but was met with mixed reviews from critics, including Kidman herself. She told a radio station, “It’s impossible for me to connect to [the movie] emotionally."

'Thor: The Dark World'

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Though it was recently announced that Natalie Portman will be reprising her Thor adjacent role in the MCU as the female Thor in the forthcoming Love and Thunder, Portman and her character Jane have a complicated relationship. The complications started in the Thor sequel, Thor: The Dark World.

Regarding the movie, Portman reportedly clashed with the studio due to a conflict in creative direction. She got Wonder Woman director Patty Jenkins a gig at the helm of the Thor sequel but that quickly fizzled. According to, "After a brief clash over creative direction, Marvel fired Jenkins and forced Portman to continue in her role. This soured her experience...”

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