12 Actors Who Hated The Iconic Characters They Played

In India, movies are something without which the day is incomplete. These movies have character actors who were a very pivotal part of movies since the very beginning. Sometimes people forget the storyline of the movie, but they remember the dialogue delivered by the character and their iconic roles. 

Sometimes an actor does hate their roles, their character, and their part in movies, but it may leave an impact on the public and make them famous and unforgettable. In this article, we will cover the actors who hated the iconic characters for Bollywood as well as Hollywood movies, because India has equal fanbase for both the type. 

12 Actors Who Hated the Iconic Characters They Played & Got Famous For it, the list begins something like this: 

In India, we have a different type of viewer, and this post is created for the Indian viewer and audience. Here we will talk about movies and series which is most likely to be watched by the Indian audience. We have broadly classified our post into two parts. The first half contains the movies of the actors who hated the iconic characters which are originated from India, whereas the second half consists of Hollywood movies and series which got most Indian viewers. 

Starting with Bollywood movies of the actors who hated the iconic characters

Bollywood movies are also known as Hindi Cinema or Bombay Cinema. The very first movie made in India was a Bio-Pic of Raja Harish Chandra released on May 3, 1913. The Director earned the title of ‘Father of Indian Cinema’. The history of Indian Cinema started with the Black and White background to Digitalized 3-D effect. There are various genres in Bollywood like, Comedy, Romance, Drama, and melodrama with various musical numbers. 

  • Kangana Ranaut as Maya in Ungli (2014)
Actors Who Hated the Iconic Characters They Played
Source: JiNuskheJi

Director- Rensil D’Silva

Cast- Shraddha Kapoor, Emraan Hashmi, Randeep Hooda

IMDB rating – 5.7/10

Kangana Ranaut is called one of the most talked-about actors who hated the iconic characters, and she is an actress and filmmaker who works in Bollywood movies. Kangana has done many iconic characters in movies like Queen, Manikarnika, Panga, and fashion, where it won many awards for her impressive character.  She made her debut in the movie ‘Gangster’ in 2006.

Kangana was always known for her extrovert and vocal about her choices and decision, and she was found stuck in many controversies in recent days. She lost her flat in Mumbai. 

Back in 2017, in her interview with Rajat Sharma for ‘Aap Ki Adalat’, she mentioned that the role offered by Karan Johar and Dharma Production which was almost 10 minutes long in the film Ungli released on 28 November 2014 was a bad choice she made, she also mentioned that: 


Though she has done many other movies which are not topped the box office, she personally hated the movie ‘Ungli’. 

  • Katrina Kaif as Rina kaif in Boom (2003)

Director- Kaizad Gustad

Cast- Amitabh Bachchan, Jackie Shroff, Gulshan Grover, Katrina Kaif 

IMDB rating – 2.3/10 

Katrina Kaif is an English actress who works in Bollywood movies, and she is one of the highest-paid actresses, she has been classified as one of the A-list Bollywood celebrities. She has done a stunning role in Ajab Prem ki Gazab Khani, Maine Pyar Kun Kiya, Jab Tak Hai Jaan, and many more.

In her early years, when she made a debut in Bollywood with the movie “Boom”, she was unaware e of the audience and their demand. Katrina is always regretting the role of ‘Rina’ in Boom and is thus on the list of actors who hated the iconic characters. 

In one of her interview, she mentioned that: 

“I was unaware about the fact that my debut movie Boom won’t cater to Indian masses as I belong from the UK and it is very Common to wear skinny clothes there.” 

  • Ranbir Kapoor as Roy in Roy (2015)

Director- Vikramjit Singh

Cast- Arjun Rampal, Jacqueline Fernandez, Ranbir Kapoor

IMDB rating- 3.3/10

Ranbir Kapoor, one of the highest, paid actors of Hindi cinema and he was also featured in Forbes India’s Celebrity 100 list since 2012. He played many vibrant roles in movies like Barfi, Tamasha, Yeh Jawani hai Deewani, Sanju, and many more.

Talking about the movie Roy where a Successful filmmaker Kabir meets with Ayesha and falls in love with each other, and when she leaves him, he suffers heartbreak, and that is what changes his life and decides to be a better person. 

This movie got a mediocre response from the critic and the rating site. He even admits that he didn’t like his role in the film grabbing the spot among the actors who hated the iconic characters, and mentioned that: 

“Roy was the wrong choice but I decided to work in it because no one was ready to work for my friend (Vikramjit Singh). However, now I have realized that friendship and professionalism need to be dealt with separately.” 

  • Saif Ali Khan as Ashok in Hamshakals (2014) 
NEW DELHI, INDIA – AUGUST 24: Bollywood actor Saif Ali Khan during an exclusive interview with HT City for the promotion of his upcoming movie Phantom at HT Media office on August 24, 2015 in New Delhi, India. (Photo by Shivam Saxena/Hindustan Times via Getty Images)

Director- Sajid Khan

Cast- Saif Ali Khan, Riteish Deshmukh, Ram Kapoor

IMDB rating – 1.7 /10

Saif Ali Khan, The Nawab of Pataudi, is an Indian actor who works in Bollywood movies, he made his debut with a lead role with the banner of ‘Yash Chopra’s production’ in the movie Parampara in 1993, followed by Yeh Dillagi, Main Khiladi Tu Anari and many more. 

It is found that when it comes to his commercial decision, he had made many questionable choices in his career. One of the examples was Hamshakals, and the movie was a comedy centered around three people who each have a lookalike of a lookalike, and have all the same name.

In an interview, he confessed about regret working with Sajid khan and mentioned the fact that:

“The film didn’t have a script as such, it was all there in Sajid’s mind. I did whatever he asked me to. I did the film thinking that it will help me expand my market, but obviously, that wasn’t a clever idea.”

His success was followed by a series of failures, which lead to a setback in his career.

  • Emraan Hashmi as Raju P. Malhotra in Good Boy Bad Boy (2007)

Director- Ashwini Chaudhary

Cast- Tusshar Kapoor, Emraan Hashmi, Isha Sharvani

IMDB rating – 3.7/10

Emraan Hashmi is known for his bold movies and scenes, he portrayed many strong roles and hence known as one of the most unconventional actors in Indian cinema. Hashmi is famous for his romantic movies collection. He got a title tag of “Serial Kisser” of Bollywood. He has done several movies like Murder, Gangster, The Dirty Picture, Footpath, and many more. He made his debut in Footpath, the Bhatt banner movie.

Hashmi is one of the actors vocal about his opinions. He admits that sometimes he has done movie just to earn a chunk of cash, and being honest he mentioned about the movie Good Boy Bad Boy that:

“I am not very proud of doing the movie Good Boy Bad Boy and Good Boy Bad Boy toh aisi movie thi ki kitchen hamesha ke liye band ho jaaye. ”

  • Shahid Kapoor as Jagjinder Joginder in Shaandaar (2015)

Director- Vikas Bahl

Cast- Shahid Kapoor, Alia Bhatt, Pankaj Kapur

IMDB rating- 3.5/10

Shahid Kapoor is the most versatile actor of Bollywood, who carved his own way into the industry. At his initials, he was known as a chocolate boy of Bollywood, but soon he did some action and thriller movies. In 2011 he was awarded as the Sexiest Asian Man in the World. He gave many famous and superhit movies like Kabir Singh(2019), Jab We Met, Kaminey,  and many others.

The movie Shaandaar and Chup Chup Ke was the movie he doesn’t like playing a role for. Vikas Bahl directed the movie “Shandaar”, and Priyaranjan Directed the multi-star Vikas Bahler movie “Chup-Chup Ke” where he played the role of jeet.  

In an interview, he mentioned the movie “Shaandaar” that: 

“I think it was trying to be an international film and we didn’t have the kind of expertise to do that kind of computer graphics.”

Moving to English Movies Collection On the Actors Who Hated the Iconic Characters

  • Sally Field as Aunt May in The Amazing Spider-Man (2012) 
Source: CinemaBlend

Director- Marc Webb

Cast- Andrew Garfield, Emma Stone, Rhys Ifans

IMDB rating – 6.9/10

Super-heroes and their movies are the most liked movies in India, in this movie the peter parker is bitten by a genetically altered spider, after which he gains a new superpower like a spider and saved the city from reptilian foe. There are two main film series of the movie ‘The Amazing Spider-man’. 

Sally Field is an American director and actress, she had done many comedy movies and started her career starring in the movie like Gidget, The Flying Nun, The Girl with Something Extra, and many more. Sally Field played the role of Aunty of Peter Parker in the movie ‘The Amazing Spider Man’. In her, interview with Howard Stern, she mentioned that: 

“It’s really hard to find a three-dimensional character in it and you work it as much as you can but you can’t put ten pounds of s**t in a five-pound bag.” 

Which was very unexcepted by her as the movie got a good review by numerous rating sites and critics. 

  • Robert Pattinson as Edward Cullen in Twilight (2008)
Source: CinemaBlend

Director- Catherine Hardwicke

Cast- Kristen Stewart, Robert Pattinson, Billy Burke

IMDB rating – 5.2/10

Robert Pattinson or Robert Douglas Thomas Pattinson is a Hollywood actor. Known for his versatile roles in both big-budget and independent movies. He is one of the highest-paid actors of his time. According to Time magazine, he is one of the 100 most influential people in the world. 

He made his debut in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire as Cedric Diggory in 2005, after this he has done many films like Remember Me, Good Time, The Light House, and many more.

Moving towards Twilight, it is the movie based on Vampire where a 108-year-old vampire falls in love with Bella Swan his classmate, and then reveals that he is a vampire. But Robert, in several interviews, talks about the movie and makes fun of his role as a vampire.

In one of his interviews, he mentioned that:

“He’s the most ridiculous person…. the more I read the script, the more I hated this guy…Plus, he’s a 108-year-old virgin so he’s obviously got some issues there.”

  • Daniel Radcliffe as Harry Potter in Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (2009)
Source: YouTube

Director- David Yates

Cast- Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson, Rupert Grint

IMDB rating – 7.4/10

Daniel Jacob Radcliffe is an English (Hollywood) actor. He started his career early from his adolescence. He made his debut in David Copperfield, but he is well known for his Harry Potter film series. Harry Potter film series is one of the most-watched documentary series.

Daniel Radcliffe admitted that he doesn’t like Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince released in 2009 because he wasn’t really good in the movie. He also mentioned that: 

“I hate it… my acting is very one-note and I can see I got complacent and what I was trying to do just didn’t come across. My best film is the fifth one [Order of the Phoenix] because I can see a progression.”  

  • Ben Affleck as Daredevil in Daredevil (2003)

Director- Mark Steven Johnson

Cast- Ben Affleck, Jennifer Garner, Colin Farrell

IMDB rating – 5.3/10 

Ben Affleck (Benjamin Geza Affleck Boldt) is an American actor. Well, on the other hand, he is a director, producer, screenwriter, and philanthropist. He made his debut as a child in The Voyage of the Mimi, and from then he appeared at movies like Batman V Superman, Justice League, The Way Back, Gone Girl, Daredevil, and many more. 

The movie Daredevil a movie about a man blinded by toxic waste. Ben revealed during a TimesTalk that he regretted doing the 2003 superhero movie name Daredevil, which was bombed the box office well but Affleck at his downturn did this movie. 

In an interview, he mentioned that:

“Part of it was I wanted for once to get one of these movies and do it right–to do a good version. I hate Daredevil so much.”

  • Miley Cyrus as Hannah Montana in Hannah Montana (2006-2011)
Source: Twitter

Director- Michael Poryes, Rich Correll, Barry O’Brien

Cast- Miley Cyrus, Emily Osment, Jason Earles

IMDB rating- 5.1/10

Miley Ray Cyrus is an American pop star a singer, a writer, and an actress. Miley was the best-selling artist of the ’90s. She was the most popular and versatile pop star of her time. Miley was found to stick in many media controversies, which gave her more popularity. As an actress she made her debut in the film Bolt in 2008, then Hannah Montana in 2009, and The Last Song in 2010. 

Hannah Montana was the most famous series about the adventures of a teenage pop star who keeps her identity secret from everyone around her, even her closest friends. Well, Miley Cyrus never mentioned the role, character, and show. But she always talks about the negative or the side effect it had on her life and how it impacts her personal life. 

In an interview, Miley Cyrus mentioned that: 

“I was told for so long what a girl is supposed to be from being on that show,” Cyrus 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 fuck am I?”

  • Sean Connery as James Bond in James Bond (1960)
Source: CNN

Sean Connery was a Scottish actor. Connery was the finest actor of his time, and he was the first actor to portray the British Fictional Secret agent in the James Bond film series from 1962 to 1983. There were many selections done for the role of James Bond at last Sean Connery was finalized. 

Connery appeared in films like The Hill, The Man Who Would Be King, A Bridge Too Far, The Rock, and many others. He took retirement from his career in 2006 but gave a Voice Over in 2012. He was also known as the 20th-century movie icon. On 2020 October 31, at the age of 90, he died mentioned by his family. 

In 1965 Sean Connery gave an interview to Playboy where he mentioned about the bond series that he is fed up working for the whole bond thing: 

“I am fed up to here with the whole Bond Bit.”

The history of cinema extends its root way back to 1888, by Roundhay Garden Scene the world’s earliest surviving motion-picture film. 

Film stories and the role of the actor are something that is always taken into consideration when scoring films. Above is the list of some films; whose characters obtained an imprint in the minds of people rather than the history of the film and its concept. We still remember the actor and his dialogue, and we recognize him. 

Sometimes the movie’s characters their roles leave an impact on the audience, which may have life long imprint on them. 

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