"I have never seen it, but by all accounts it is terrible," said Michael Caine. "However I have seen the house that it built, and it is terrific."
Those were the legendary words the actor said of his role in Jaws: The Revenge, a film that notoriously winds up on every bottom ten list ever written (even when said lists aren't film-related). It's one of the harmless lines revealed well after a film's box office is over and done with that the public looks at with churlish glee. But there are other occasions when the language used is a lot less friendly.
Even when it's caked in PR doublespeak or diplomacy, there's something slightly off about the way an actor talks about a film in the press. Usually, they're under some sort of obligation to speak positively, but you can usually tell even when the best actors are putting on a facade.
Usually, suspicions are confirmed years later in easily written off bits of trivia such as the Caine quote, but there are other times actors are still vitriolic when speaking about a particular project.
Here are the times it slipped out, either obviously or not so publicly.
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So I suppose a simple top 5 in no order will do: Halloween, Crimes and Misdemeanors, L.A. Confidential, Billy Liar, Blow Out
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