Mila Kunis may have disappeared from the spotlight for the most part these days, however, there’s no denying that she accomplished quite a bit while she was popping up onscreen during the peak of her career. The actress won over TV audiences with her comedic ways on That ’70s Show (while she was way younger than you thought), made movie-lovers laugh in 2008’s Forgetting Sarah Marshall, 2016’s Bad Moms, and 2018’s The Spy Who Dumped Me, even earning a Golden Globe nomination for her chilling performance in 2010’s Black Swan.
The star discussed her tendency to be open to experiences that she might have once rejected while chatting with Marie Claire in 2014, saying, “I was really good at saying no. I decided I was just going to say yes to any opportunity that came, no matter how crazy. And it changed my life.”
While that inclination has surely led her to some unexpectedly exciting opportunities, it also might have resulted in some controversial choices, including the one role that she seems to regret.
Mila Kunis wanted to stop American Psycho III after starring in the sequel
A few years after Mila Kunis rose to fame as Jackie Burkhart on That ’70s Show, the actress landed the lead role in 2002’s American Psycho II: All American Girl, the follow-up to 2000’s American Psycho film that starred Christian Bale as a chic serial killer. The stand-alone sequel, which also featured Star Trek legend William Shatner, told the story of Rachael Newman (Kunis), a girl who “has developed a taste for murder and will stop at nothing to become a college professor’s assistant.” It … wasn’t a hit.
“However clever the director thought he was being, his savvy was not reflected in the film’s style,” The Independent noted while pondering if the movie was “the worst sequel of all time.” What was the problem? Well, “[d]espite costing at least $2 [million] more to produce than the original’s $8 [million] budget, All American Girl looks horrendously cheap.” Beyond that, Kunis was “incredibly miscast” and her performance was “perpetually shrill and irritating,” per the outlet.
Frankly, when a third movie was in the works, according to MTV, Kunis implored, “Please — somebody stop this! Write a petition.” She added, “When I did the second one, I didn’t know it would be American Psycho II. It was supposed to be a different project, and it was re-edited, but, ooh … I don’t know. Bad.”
While we all have regrets, at least most of our mistakes don’t end up living forever onscreen like Kunis’ unfortunate endeavor.
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