8 Times Actors Deliberately Broke Our Hearts


    by · February 05, 2016

    What is up with you actor types? Really? Through your indelible performances, you lure fans into films or franchises they grow to love with all their hearts. You let the public bond with them, make them a part of their lives as you ride that success to new levels of glory and public adoration. Then, almost out of nowhere, you swoop in with some comment or nasty aside and—wham—ruin them. Seriously, what gives?

    Whether it’s because they’ve felt they’ve grown beyond whatever franchise or hit flick they were a part of, or whether it’s because they never liked it much in the first place, actors have this odd habit of slagging some of their most popular work. It can be frustrating, confusing, and, perhaps most of all, heartbreaking. Really, they could have stayed mum and just enjoyed the success, but no—knife in back.

    Now, we’re going to turn the tables on them and single them out for their treacherous ways. Don’t say you didn’t have it coming, y’all.

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    Rupert Grint, The Harry Potter Franchise
    This whole mess, which only broke yesterday, is actually why the staff here began discussing the very particular problem of actors sandbagging their own iconic works. At a panel discussion of the Harry Potter films, Grint claimed that his character Ron Weasley and the love of his life (and eventual wife), Hermione Granger, would eventually have gotten divorced.

    “[Ron]’s living on his own, in a little one-bedroom apartment,” he said. “He hasn’t got a job.” He also agreed that Ron would be using Tinder and not having any luck with it. Really, it’s quite heartbreaking the way Grint looks at the character he made so lovable and, perhaps, speaks to his own fatigue with what being a part of one of film’s most successful franchises has done to his life. Still, how mean is this? Very mean. That said, it also makes us want to give Grint a hug.

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    Miles Teller, The Divergent Franchise
    You know who we don’t want to hug? Miles Teller. Teller said that the Divergent series—which is, yes, uneven, but still loved by many—made him feel, “dead inside.” “I didn’t have an interesting part, and I’d taken the film for business reasons… It was the first movie I’d done that was going to have an international audience. I called my agent and said, ‘This sucks.’”

    If nothing else, this seems very spoiled for a young actor to make a successful “business decision” and then publicly blast the project given how many talented people in the same profession are currently waiting tables. Not everything you do can be Whiplash, Miles.

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    Robert Pattinson, The Twilight Franchise
    Speaking of YA series stuffed with hot, talented—yet often moody—young actors, the Twilight series is pretty much the mother lode. Leads Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart have both become household names—and tabloid stars—off the deeply beloved franchise.

    Now, we can understand how each of them might want to step back from something that has made them the target of so many flashbulbs. And yet, when Pattinson swooped down to not only diss his own character, but the author of the books upon which the series was based, it seemed deeply ungracious (particularly given how many people are deeply in love with Edward).

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    Harrison Ford, The Star Wars Franchise
    Harrison Ford, love him as we all do, is one of Hollywood’s leading grumps. In particular his running beef with the Star Wars series that made him a legend is famous. Whether he’s dissing George Lucas on set (“you can write this shit, but you can’t say it”), ghosting fans who want him to sign Han Solo merch, or just being a general snob about the whole business, it’s all been fairly heartbreaking. Welp, at least he’s come around on it.

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    Kristen Stewart, The Twilight Franchise
    Well, you probably knew this was coming. Stewart has never gone ahead and said straight-up that she hates Twilight (though her dad has). Instead, she’s spent years pointing out plot holes, dissing the passivity of her character, and, in particular, intimating that she’s been in some “shitty” movies while flexing her eyebrows in suggestive ways.

    That said, she offered up this qualified defense of the films after years of winks and nods, “I mean, it was a long process, so it’s hard to generalize about it as a whole. It wasn’t entirely cohesive. We ebbed and flowed. I will definitely acknowledge that. But the intention is so fucking pure in a weird way. Anybody who wants to talk shit about Twilight, I completely get it, but there’s something there that I’m endlessly, and to this day, fucking proud of. My memory of it felt—still feels—really good.” Well, at long last, at least we have this.

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    Katherine Heigel, Knocked UpThis right here is the stuff of legend. Katherine Heigel now has a terrible rep in the industry for being “difficult”. Having not worked with her personally, we can’t attest to that. Yet, so much of it seems to have started when she singled out Knocked Up—a movie that for once portrayed the woman in a rom-com relationship as the more capable one—as “sexist”. That would be fine if she didn’t go ahead and make a slew of films that trafficked in outdated romantic troupes (27 Dresses, maybe?) Thing is, she totally did.

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    Christopher Plummer, The Sound Of MusicIt’s hard to believe, but there’s someone out there who didn’t love this movie—and he’s got second billing. At a 2011 actors’ panel on the movie we all want to dance on a hilltop with, Von Trapp dad Christopher Plummer said The Sound of Music was, “awful and sentimental and gooey.” He went even further by saying, “You had to work terribly hard to try and infuse some minuscule bit of humor into it.” What even gives here? Stop stepping on our beating hearts.

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    Richard Gere, Pretty WomanYes, this actually happened. Gere said in 2012 when asked about the unquestioned classic, “It’s my least favorite thing. People ask me about that movie, but I’ve forgotten it. That was a silly romantic comedy.” Okay, yes, it was a silly romantic comedy—and that’s the whole point. Like all the films above, it was something that sparked a little life and a lot of love in a whole lot of people and, like all the actors above, Gere should be grateful that he was a part of that. Honestly, if you can’t say something nice, don’t even step.

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