Obviously, a lot of people work together on making a film. It's not like it's just the director. As such, when a film does well, there are dozens of people who get credit for it. When it goes badly, however, the enthusiasm to be associated with the film is - somewhat inevitably - less energetic.
Eyes usually turn first toward the director due to their influence on the creative direction of the film. Most of the time, the blame is well-deserved. When that happens, most directors usually choose to stay silent and let the movie speak for itself. Some others resort to defending their movies or shifting the blame to other parties.
In an industry so often associated with pride and vanity, it is rare to find people who are willing to go out on a limb and admit they made a mistake. But it does actually happen. It is refreshing when some directors actually owned up to their missteps and even apologised to the fans for ruining their own movies.
12. JJ Abrams Used Too Much Lens Flare In Star Trek Movies
Although the first two Star Trek reboot movies are commercially successful, fans won't forget the over-abundance of lens flare in those movies. This fact isn't actually lost on director J.J. Abrams who admitted that his love for lens flare had gotten out of hand.
When asked about his overuse of lens flare in an interview, Abrams said, "I know I get a lot of grief for that... I know it's too much and I apologise. I actually had to use ILM (a visual effect company) to remove lens flare in a couple of shots which is I know moronic... but I think admitting you're an addict is the first step towards recovery."
He wasn't actually aware of this during filming and thought that many of the scenes would look really cool with lens flares. It was when he showed a clip from Star Trek Into Darkness to his wife and she couldn't see what was going on that he realised his love for lens flare had become an addiction.
He detested his mistake so much that he made it a point to tone down the use of lens flare when directing Star Wars: The Force Awakens.