Life was easier when you believed every character and story being shown in movies and series. As we grow up, we come across the forbidden fruit and learn things that can’t be unlearned. Being fully aware that you’re watching fictional stories makes it easier to separate the actors from the characters. But the real-life scandals of the actors make it hard to believe their ideal heroic roles. The movies that we once relished have become awkward and disgusting to watch now. It’s impossible to look beyond reality and get lost in the fictional world where real-life villains play heroes. Here are the 12 Hollywood movies and series that are difficult to watch now.
1. Ferris Beuller’s Day Off
Remember Dean Rooney in Ferris Beuller’s Day Off? He was the antagonist in the film who was obsessed with Ferris and used to spy over him. The fun turned out too serious when actor Jeffrey Jones, who played the Dean was convicted of being sexually inappropriate with children and owning child porn in real life.
2. Under Siege 2: Dark Territory
Steven Seagal’s Casey accompanied his young niece Sarah to attend her dad’s funeral. This part seems unsettling ever since Seagal was hit with charges of sexual harassment by several women. It was appalling when the-then 16-yr old actress, Katherine Heigl who played his niece revealed that “I had just turned 16 on this movie. And he said, ‘You know Katie, I got girlfriends your age.’ And I said, ‘Isn’t that illegal?’ And he said, ‘They don’t seem to mind.’
It’s painful when something serious on a fictional show or movie turns too ironic. The musical Glee opened with Will Schuester asking Finn Hudson “You want to tell me how long you’ve had a drug problem?”. Finn was played by Cory Montieth who later died of a drug overdose.
In House of Cards, Kevin Spacey’s character Frank Underwood was a deceitful political leader who wore an agreeable man’s mask in public but was a treacherous man who was capable of murder in cold hands. Turns out, Kevin Spacey wasn’t so different from his character in real life. A charming and A-list actor of Hollywood with a dark side.
The casting director of Power Rangers Samurai may have seen a real villain in actor Ricardo Medina Jr. Or perhaps Ricardo got too carried away with his character. He was a villain who used a katana during combat. He was later convicted of murdering his roommate with katana.
6. That 70s Show
Danny Masterson’s Steven Hyde was the typical high school wild boy that girls shouldn’t trust. His character was the stud who charmed girls and dumped him. It turns out that Danny was accused of numerous sexual assaults in real life.
7. Hell Town
Robert Blake appeared in Hell Town as a priest where he assured the young women that they were safe with him. Directors surely regret casting him as he was later charged with his wife’s murder.
8. Pay it Forward
The sweet story is about a young boy who practices the moral lesson of doing good deeds in real life. Kevin Spacey’s character having an adorable relationship with the young boy and teaching us to do good deeds for strangers looks bizarre now. It’s creepy as the actor who got slapped with allegations of sexual misconduct with minors is promoting trust.
As the audience is becoming more and more woke, the comedy, romance, and masculinity in classic movies and series are not viewed the same way. Marnie was already a dark and disturbing movie which got further haunted by real-life controversy. It’s impossible to process through the scene where the supposed hero of the movie rapes Tippi Hedren’s Marnie on their honeymoon. Things got escalated in real life when actress Tippi accused Hitchock of attempting to take sexual advantage of her.
Two and a Half Men is one of the iconic comedies that fans love to relish over and over again. Charlie was lovable and the most favorite character for his attitude. But over the years, it’s been hard to watch the show without thinking about the actor Charlie Sheen. The show projected him as the cool Casanova which got awkward after the actor got tested HIV+.
11. 7th Heaven
7th Heaven surrounded the lives of a minister father and his wife who were raising seven children. The pastor dad was played by Stephen Collins who portrayed himself as an angelic and ideal father and husband. But wait…. Collins was later accused of molesting children. Can’t really watch him with his seven onscreen kids now, can you?
12. The Cosby Show
The Cosby Show is not funny to watch anymore. It starred the comedian Bill Cosby who navigated through family life with comedy and shared insights on disabilities, teen pregnancy, and other social topics. This entire fatherly persona was ruined after he was accused by some show actresses of sexual assault.