8. Bryan Cranston - Godzilla
Though Gareth Edwards' 2014 Godzilla movie was generally well-received, just about everybody complained that, despite being marketed as a major character, Bryan Cranston's scientist Joe Brody is killed off at the end of the first act.
Joe gets mortally wounded by one of the escaping MUTO creatures, at which point his decidedly less interesting son Ford (Aaron Taylor-Johnson) becomes the outright protagonist.
Discussing the film shortly after its release, Cranston couldn't disagree with critics or fans who felt like killing Joe off so early was the wrong call:
"That character dying at that time was a mistake. I knew it when I read it. When I read it I said, 'Oh, page 50 this character who was the emotional core at the center, that was guiding the audience in the story up to that point – he dies?' What a waste... They kind of dealt with it poorly, that's my only criticism of it because I think it was a fun movie, it was a very successful movie.
I told them that even if I wasn't doing this role, that character shouldn't die at that point. It's just bad narrative, but they were too far down the road. I was the last guy hired because I was still shooting Breaking Bad and they kept pushing because Breaking Bad kept pushing. Finally, I was able to get in and do it."