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The 14 Most Unfairly Hated Hollywood Actors

23 February 2017 | Features, People Lists | by Julia Troy

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There’s no shortage of Hollywood stars who deserve the personal and professional criticism they receive. However, some actors are disliked because of outdated opinions about their talent, or personal scandals that it’s time for the public to move on from.

Here is a list of some actors who receive more than their fair share of hate and may deserve a second chance.

 

14. Jaden Smith

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Who he is: Son of Will Smith and Jada Pinkett-Smith, star of “The Karate Kid,” “The Pursuit of Happyness,” and “After Earth,” Twitter poet.

Why he’s hated: Did you catch where I said “Twitter poet”? From his bizarre tweets to his sub-par performances, Jaden Smith has been the target of public eye-rolling since before he hit puberty.

Why he deserves a chance:  It can’t be easy growing up as the child of two Hollywood actors – one of whom has been almost universally beloved since the beginning of his career. From the start, Smith has been acting in the shadow of his father Will, first in the critically acclaimed “The Pursuit of Happyness” (where he did stellar work, especially considering he was 8) and then in the major flop “After Earth.”  

That being said, Jaden has done an impressive job in recent years of setting himself apart from his superstar dad. From his bold, gender-defying fashion choices to his strange Twitter prose, no one can argue that he isn’t trying to strike out in his own unique way. Plus, he’s shown some impressive acting chops in recent projects, namely Baz Luhrmann “The Get Down.” The bottom line is: he’s interesting, he’s trying something different, and he’s only 18. Let’s give him a chance.

 

13. Vanessa Hudgens

Who she is: Former Disney star best known for her work in the “High School Musical” franchise.

Why she’s hated: Hudgens has received a lot of hate over the years for her performances in the schmaltzy “High School Musical” films and her relationship with fellow former Disney star Zac Efron.

Why she deserves a chance: While Zac Efron has managed to put his “High School Musical” past behind him to become a beloved comedy star, the public doesn’t seem as eager to give Hudgens the same opportunity.

This is despite the fact that since branching out from the Disney family she has tackled some tough roles from a homeless, pregnant teenager in “Gimmie Shelter” to her fabulous work as a bored college student turned crime lord in “Spring Breakers.” She also experienced a triumphant return to the musical genre last year when was arguably the only standout performer in an otherwise boring “Grease! Live” on NBC.

No one seems to mind that Ryan Gosling, Justin Timberlake, and Kerri Russell began their acting careers under the Disney channel umbrella, it’s time to give Hudgens a chance too.

 

12. Ashton Kutcher

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Who he is: Former model and “That 70’s Show” star, known for films such as “The Butterfly Effect,” “Dude, Where’s My Car?” and “Jobs.”

Why he’s hated: Aside from being a sub-par actor, Kutcher received public criticism during his very public marriage and divorce to fellow star Demi Moore.

Why he deserves a chance: Even though his efforts often seem to fall flat, Kutcher sure does try when he’s given the opportunity. To prepare to play Steve Jobs in the 2013 biopic “Jobs,” Kutcher obsessively studied the man for three months, listening to and watching any recordings of Jobs he could find, speaking to people who knew him and even adopting parts of his strict and controversial diet.

While the end result was still considered a flop, the effort he exerted suggests that he’s willing to work hard to be taken seriously. He spent years delivering solid performances in “That 70’s Show” and despite baffling plot lines both “Dude, Where’s My Car?” and “The Butterfly Effect” have developed their own cult followings. If given the chance, it’s possible that Kutcher’s drive and energy could be channeled into the right project, with positive results.

 

11. Hayden Christensen

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Who he is: Actor best known for starring as Anakin Skywalker (AKA Darth Vader) in the controversial Star Wars prequels.

Why he’s hated: Many pointed to Christensen’s awkward acting as one of the be biggest flaws of the Star Wars prequels and blamed him for “ruining” the franchise.

Why he deserves a chance: Though Christensen’s performances in “Attack of the Clones” and “Return of the Sith” certainly left a lot to be desired, it’s unfair to blame their on his work alone. From Jar Jar Binks to poor use of CGI there were a number of issues that made up the disappointing prequels.

Also, what actor would have turned down such an amazing opportunity? If Christensen wasn’t able to handle the iconic role it’s the casting directors who should be blamed for choosing him out the likely thousands of actors who would have loved a chance at the part, not him for taking it.

Outside of the Star Wars universe, Christensen delivered a truly great performance as disgraced New Republic journalist Stephen Glass in the the film “Shattered Glass,” and it would be interesting to see him get another chance to tackle a dramatic, non-action role.

 

10. Katherine Heigl

Knocked Up

Who she is: Actress known for her roles in “Knocked Up” and the television show “Grey’s Anatomy”

Why she’s hated: Rumors have swirled for years about Heigl being difficult to work with, and she has received criticism for speaking out against the roles that made her famous.

Why she deserves a chance: While both “Grey’s Anatomy” and “Knocked Up” fans have long railed against Heigl for speaking out against her characters’ storylines, in both cases she had a point. Her “Grey’s” character’s arch went from bad to worse as she was transformed from a kind friend and doctor to a husband-stealing cancer patient, with entire episodes dedicated to her having sex with the ghost of her dead boyfriend.

While the plot issues in “Knocked Up” are far easier to forgive, Heigl was quoted in Vanity Fair in 2008 as saying that the film portrays female characters as “humorless shrews,” a criticism that deserves some consideration when you think about that fact that both she and Leslie Mann’s characters spend the entire film as killjoys who are constantly telling men to grow up and ruining their fun. Maybe it’s possible that Heigl isn’t a snob, she’s just not afraid to call out ridiculous plotlines when she sees them.

 

9. Jennifer Lopez

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Who she is: Singer and actress best known for “The Wedding Planner,” “Maid in Manhattan” and “Gigli”.

Why she’s hated: Lopez’s penchant for chick flicks paired with her work in the notorious flop “Gigli” have caused some audiences to avoid her films and mock her acting abilities.

Why she deserves a chance: Lopez appears on a surprising number of “Most Hated Celebrity” lists, especially for someone who has caused fairly little controversy since the end of her relationship with Ben Affleck. The attitude toward her is an important reminder that the public never forgets, as the most common example given for why she’s a bad actress is her performance in “Gigli,” an admittedly horrible film she co-starred in with Affleck.

However, Lopez alone wasn’t to blame for Gigli, and although her romantic comedies may not appeal to all audiences, “The Wedding Planner” and “Maid in Manhattan” have held up over the years as strong examples of the genre.

Chick flicks aside, she was fabulous in 1998’s “Out of Sight,” and 1997’s “Selena,” and over the years has held her own alongside the likes of George Clooney, Jane Fonda, and Richard Gere. Affleck’s acting career seems to have recovered fairly unscathed by the memory of Gigli, it’s time for Lopez’s to as well.

 

8. Madonna

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Who she is: Singer and occasional actress known for her work in “Evita” and “A League of Their Own.”

Why she’s hated: While some dislike Madonna for her strong political views, more seem to poke fun at her for continuing to perform and dress provocatively when she’s pushing 60.

Why she deserves a chance: Madonna is a trailblazer who has spent decades weathering condemnation from politicians and religious leaders alike for asserting her belief that women should be able to dress and perform however they want. Now that she’s older, she wants to continue to express the style she fought so hard for, and if anyone has won that right, it’s her.

 

 

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  • colonelkurtz

    Didn’t know people hated Shia Labeouf. He might be a nut, but his acting is solid.
    And I think Adam Sandler is completely fairly hated. His comedies are stupid, and, being generally involved in their creation as well as their lead actor, I find it fit to blame and ridicule his acting.
    And let’s give the credit for Punch Drunk Love to the guy who clearly has the talent: P. T. Anderson.

    • You didn’t know people hated Shia? He is one of the most hated actors in Hollywood (by the public/media).
      I personally think he’s a very talented actor, and yes a pretentious douche, but oh well, I’m here to watch him act, not have a beer with him

      • colonelkurtz

        Well, I just learned something new. Must be running on Internet Explorer. Always knew he was a bit of a “special” case, though thought the public mostly looked on his demeanor mockingly.
        But yeah, I can still watch him in movies as a character. Granted, I’ve never watched Transformers.

  • Tim O’Hare

    Pretty sure Sandler is fairly hated. He’s done some classic goof-ball comedies and Punch Drunk Love is an amazing movie but he’s also done a lot of terrible movies. All of this is of his own choosing, so he has no sympathy from me. An actor of his wealth could easily choose to retire or take on supporting roles (look at Leslie Nielson) as its clear that Sandler’s days as a big time lead are behind him. Instead he chooses to keep playing the lead and doing the same idiot manchild character so he accepts any script that is given to him.
    I have sympathy for young actors like Shia Labeouf and Hayden Christensen who took crap roles when they were offered to them while they were trying to make it and now they have trouble shaking those roles off. But really, someone like Sandler has had close three decades in Hollywood where he could have rebranded himself and broadened range (he’s tried with Punch Drunk Love and Reign Over Me, but those films are outliers) yet instead he keeps accepting worse scripts and doing sequels to sub-par films like Grown Ups.

  • David Pollison

    Most of the people on this list are hated because in the past 5 – 15 years they’ve made nothing but shit. I think Nick Cage seems like he’s trying to make progressively worse movies. Kristen Stewart was/is a great actress until she made those unwatchable Twilight movies. She almost redeemed herself with Snow White until she spectacularly ruined that by having an affair with the director which ruined his marriage, got both of them kicked off the sequel and killed that franchise.

    • Nadia

      It’s been confirmed months ago that she turned down the sequel of Snow White.
      She did not get kicked off.

  • Abhishek

    I think Ben Affleck should be on top of any hate list. People started hating him when it was announced that he would play Batman. Prior to that, he won Oscar for Argo and the haters sat down and started calculated all the false details of the film and proclaimed how the film was bad and faulty. IMO, Argo was one of the best movie recently despite of its political flaws. I just think people are jealous of him for no apparent reason and if not a very nice actor which I still think he is fine he is one of the best directors and hey who can forget the script of Good Will Hunting!

    • Lars Franssen

      I seem to remember that the hate started with Pearl Harbor …

      • Abhishek

        Yeah. But due to lot of flak from social media it started emerging lately in this decade.

  • I’ve said it here before, but Kristen Stewart is one of the best actresses working today. Truly unfairly maligned, although I think the general public and critics are coming around

    • Le Blanc

      She couldn’t act bored if she was locked in a wardrobe for a month. In fact she should study my face when I see her pointless sighing masquerading as acting, now that’s boredom.

  • sailor monsoon

    Can somebody explain why the fuck people hate anne Hathaway?
    It happened out of no where and I’ve never understood it.

    • Cassandra Atticum

      She seems kind of awkward in interviews. But I think it’s just her trying to balance her professional and private personas. My favorite thing she’s done is her Wrecking Ball lip sync battle. If you haven’t seen it, go watch it. Hilarious.

      • sailor monsoon

        Agreed
        The show is hit or miss but she Was great

  • Igor Jeremic

    Return of the Sith??…realy?? xD

  • Tomáš Gladiš

    Why so much hate? They do their work. I don’t hate them, just don’t like most of their movies.

  • Nelsonoca Galvis

    how coul you defend the Jayden Smith twits, are you insane? is just pretensius garbage, but i respect many of your names, i didn´t know than Anne Hathaway was hated, she is awesome

    • I love Anne Hathaway. Those people who hate her are just jealous that she’s good and isn’t afraid to make fun of herself.

  • Zwei

    tom cruise…

  • With the exception of Anne Hathaway, Vanessa Hudgens, Kristen Stewart, Shia LaBeouf, and Nicolas Cage. The rest of the people in the list just plainly fucking suck and deserve to be hated. Gwyneth Paltrow is good but overrated and a real bitch. Jaden Smith is a spoiled little shit who thinks he is above all because of his daddy. Ashton Kutcher is a no-talent kettlehead whose only talent is being a fucking moron.

  • Totally agree on Anne Hathaway, she was excellent in Rachel Getting Married, such an underrated movie!

  • Kgosi Choene

    I think this list is accurate with the exceptions of people hating Anne Hathaway (which just completely makes no sense at all) and us giving Adam Sandler a chance (he keeps striking out real bad). Otherwise all of these people have potential of winning (more in some cases) Oscars. Who gives a rat’s ass what they’re like in real life? Shia is a remarkable actor

  • Rosa Eskenazy

    most of these “actrors” are hated for a reason-they are either a product of rampant nepotism or of dubious dealings. In any case, their billing cannot be justified. Not in a million years. I also hate the didactic tone of this so-called article: are we on the wrong side to doubt the artistic merit of thespians of the calibre of Kutcher? yeah sure, Jan.