Top 5 Least Likeable Actors in Hollywood

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Hollywood is not famous for its decency. The town has been a haven for countless scoundrels, womanizers and charlatans of low moral character. Actors are not an exception. Unfortunately, some of the most talented thespians happen to be rather unpleasant off screen. Let’s scrape the bottom of the barrel to find the worst of the lot.

5 Errol Flynn

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Though we may long for more innocent times, our nostalgia may be somewhat misplaced when it comes to Tinseltown. Though Errol Flynn was cleared of statutory rape charges in 1942, the trial apparently did not dim his interest in minors. Toward the end of his life, he courted 15-year old actress Beverly Aadland before casting her in his last film “Cuban Rebel Girls.” Though accounts differ on whether he seduced her, Stanley Kubrick originally considered casting Flynn and Aadland as lovers in his adaptation of Nabokov’s “Lolita.” However, film historians Leonard Leff and Jerold Simmons speculate that Kubrick decided against using them because they would have been uncomfortably close to reality. In his book “Errol Flynn: The Untold Story,” Charles Higham also notes that Flynn was a Nazi sympathizer.

4 Lindsay Lohan

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Do we even need to explain this one? Disgraced Disney actress Lindsay Lohan has been charged with hit-and-run driving, carjacking, assault and stealing $400,000 in diamonds. While any of us mortals would be serving hard time, Lindsay’s high-priced lawyers have kept her free (mostly) for years. She receives bonus points for bragging that Al Gore would help defend her from defamation by the media: “Al Gore will help me. He came up to me last night and said he would be very happy to have a conversation with me.”

3 George C. Scott

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Remembered for his iconic portrayal of General Patton, Scott acted even more brutish off screen. The habitual drunk was reported to have beat up girlfriend Ava Gardner so badly that she ended up in the hospital. He didn’t behave much better on set. During the filming of “Hardcore” (1979), the inebriated actor was said to have refused to leave his trailer and perform until director Paul Schrader promised to never make another film again. As the actor sat in his underwear and drank vodka from the bottle, the account in one book says, Schrader got down on his knees ceremoniously and swore the demanded oath. Thankfully, he broke it a year later with “Mishima” (1980).

2 Ashton Kutcher

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He’s ranked No. 13 on a “Star Magazine” list of most hated celebrities in Hollywood, but we have elevated Ashton Kutcher to the top of the list not for his garden-variety sins and crimes (e.g. cheating on his wife Demi Moore). Rather, it’s his arrogant attitude of celebrity entitlement that annoys us. For instance, when the “Village Voice” printed a critique of his humanitarian work, he used his Twitter soapbox to instigate an advertiser boycott of the newspaper. How dare a free press interfere with a star’s ego?

1 Woody Allen

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Woody Allen has never played well in Peoria. Film audiences want a hero to root for, not a neurotic intellectual to pity. However, the offstage Woody is not as meek and harmless as he might lead you to believe. Though 20 years have passed, the affair he conducted with adopted teenage daughter Soon-Yi Previn tarnished his career forever. In their defense, the oddly matched couple have stayed together and adopted two children of their own.

Noel Lawrence has written on cultural affairs and cinema for Release Print and OtherZine since 2000. He holds a graduate degree in Russian literature from Stanford University and currently lives in Los Angeles.

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  1. Errol Flynn was not a Nazi sympathizer! How could you not do any research but repeat the rumor that has long been discounted? Charles Higham was a writer who was known for making false speculations about dead celebrities to make money. Dead people cannot talk but their reputation should be so freely disregarded? In addition, Errol Flynn, a rascal, was so well liked in his life time that even his boss Jack Warner could not resist his charm. Why he is least likable? Even decades have passed, Flynn is still loved by his fans. You just wanted to grab some names to make the list, right?

  2. His affair and statutory rape of a 15, 16, and 17 year old (same girl) and justifying it, might not mean that he wasnt likable, but he was certainly contemptible.

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