Celebrities often issue a public apology when they do something bad, like get arrested or hit their assistant while the paparazzi looks on. Once in a while, they’ll even apologize for making a terrible movie or album.
- Today, Mandy Moore is primarily an actress and a singer of thoughtful, folky pop-rock. But that’s not how she started. She released her first album, So Real, at age 15 in 1999 and her second, I Wanna Be With You, in 2000 as part of the bubblegum teen pop boom of the era. In 2004, she told a reporter from the Houston Chronicle that those two albums were “Cr**, cr**, cr**. I apologize to anybody who bought them and wasted their money.”
- Batman and Robin was so critically reviled and did so poorly at the box office that plans for a fifth Batman movie were scuttled (the franchise was later revived and rebooted with 2005’s Batman Begins). George Clooney starred as the Caped Crusader, but harbors no delusions about the film. He’s told the Boston Globe that he “killed the franchise,” and has remarked to numerous reporters that if anybody who saw the movie came up to him on the street and asked for their money back, he’d fork over the cash. (No word on if anybody’s actually done that.)
- Sean Astin was among the many child stars of the 1985 adventure movie The Goonies. He and the other stars were also obligated to star in the Cyndi Lauper music video promoting the movie, “Good Enough.” In 2010, he apologized for his poor, lazy performance in the video (he was tired from shooting all day)…both to the public, and to Cyndi Lauper specifically.
- The highly anticipated fourth Indiana Jones movie, Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull was finally released in 2008…to middling reviews. Shia LaBeouf played Indiana Jones’ son, and he took partial blame for the lackluster film. “You get to monkey-swinging and things like that and you can blame it on the writer and you can blame it on the director. But the actor’s job is to make it come alive and make it work, and I couldn’t do that. So that’s my fault. Simple.”