David Cross: ‘Chipwrecked’ Was ‘Unpleasant Experience’

by | December 19, 2011 at 5:59 PM | Movies

David Cross as Ian Hawke (20th Century Fox)

Critics aren’t the only ones who despise the new “Alvin and the Chipmunks” film. One of its stars isn’t a big fan either.

During a recent interview with The Playlist, actor David Cross, who has played evil record executive Ian Hawke in all three “Alvin” films, opened up about franchise’s latest installment, “Chipwrecked.” And 20th Century Fox probably won’t be putting any of his quotes on a poster.

“This last film was literally, without question, the most unpleasant experience I’ve ever had in my professional life,” Cross said. “It’s safe to say I won’t be working with some of those people ever again. Not the actors. And the director [Mike Mitchell] was great. We got along. There were a couple of people, though … it was just a really awful, unpleasant experience.”

While Cross stops short of actually naming anyone involved in the production of “Chipwrecked,” his exclusion of the actors and director narrows the list considerably. The actor, who is currently promoting his IFC series “The Increasingly Poor Decisions of Todd Margaret,” says that he is now “contractually done” with the franchise.

Cross’ criticism comes as somewhat of a surprise, considering the actor staunchly defended his decision to appear in the “Chipmunks” series to begin with.

In 2007, he took to his blog to rebuff accusations that he had sold out by starring in a family film produced by a major studio, saying that he took the part because he had “no precious memories [of the series] to defile,” he hadn’t worked for six months and his “indie hipster cred” wasn’t enough to make a down payment on a country cottage.

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