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15 Actors Who Were Forced, Tricked, Or Bamboozled Into Doing Movies They Hated

Talk about a bad day at work ūüė¨

No matter how much you love your career, it probably comes with a few job duties you absolutely hate doing.

When you're an actor, that part of your job you hate could very well be an entire movie.

Here are 15 actors who were contractually obligated to do movies they hated:

1. Keanu Reeves alleged that a friend forged his signature on the contract that locked him into The Watcher, but, unable to prove his claims, he decided to do the movie instead of pursuing legal action.

David Allen Griffin investigates a piece of evidence he found in the woods

2. Ryan Reynolds was attached to the Deadpool movie before the script was written, so when X-Men: Origins went into production, the studio basically told him, "Play Deadpool in this movie, or we’ll get someone else to."

Wade Wilson wields a pair of swords

3. Faced with a $20 million lawsuit for going back on a verbal pact she made to star in Theodore Rex, Whoopi Goldberg took on the role of Katie Coltrane.

Katie and the dinosaur hold a press conference

4. After a months-long legal battle with Universal over the failed movie Dieter, Mike Myers reached a settlement and agreed to do another movie with the studio ‚ÄĒ The Cat in the Hat.

the cat balances a bunch of books and a glass of milk

5. Natalie Portman lobbied for Patty Jenkins to direct Thor: The Dark World, but after Jenkins left the project over fear the bad script would be blamed on her, Portman was still contractually obligated to reprise her role as Jane Foster.

Jane is shocked to see Thor return to earth

6. Emily Blunt wanted to accept the role of Black Widow in Iron Man 2, but she had to drop out because she was already contracted to do Gulliver's Travels.

Horatio and Princess Mary point up at the sky

7. Bill Murray signed on to voice the iconic orange cat in Garfield: The Movie because he misread the director's name as Jeff Coen (Burn After Reading and Fargo), when it was actually Jeff Cohen (Cheaper By The Dozen and Daddy Day Camp).

actor, Garfield the cat flashes a lazy smile

8. After director Steven Spielberg turned down Jaws 2, Roy Scheider also wanted to bail, but Universal forced him to reprise the role of Martin Brody because of a contract dispute.

worried, Brody points his gun

9. Channing Tatum said that, as part of their three-picture deal, Paramount didn't give him an option to pass on G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra, so he was "pushed" to take on the role of Duke.

10. Jennifer Garner hated playing the titular character in Elektra, but because she originated the role in Daredevil, the spinoff was part of her contract.

Elektra goes into battle with two stakes

11. Val Kilmer purposefully botched his audition for Top Gun, but due to contractual obligations, he had to take the role of Iceman anyway.

Iceman sneers

12. In order to avoid being sued by Paramount Pictures, Edward Norton took on the role of Steve in The Italian Job.

13. Paul Bettany only agreed to be in Dogville because Stellan Skarsgård lied that it would be "fantastic" and "like a party all the time," but in truth, Skarsgård "couldn't face doing it without [Bettany]."

Edison stares into the camera

14. Matt Damon said that the script for The Bourne Ultimatum ‚ÄĒ the third Jason Bourne film he starred in ‚ÄĒ was "unreadable," a "career-ender," and "embarrassing."

Jason dusts for fingerprints

15. And finally, during the height of his professional rivalry with Sylvester Stallone, Arnold Schwarzenegger read the terrible script for Stop! Or My Mom Will Shoot then spread a rumor about having "tremendous interest" in it, which he knew would prompt Stallone to accept the lead role.

Joe and Tutti point their guns