Some movie costumes are incredible and instantly iconic. Some are impractical and inappropriate. And some manage to be both things at the exact same time. This can be a real problem for the poor actors who actually have to wear these things. Have you ever tried running from dinosaurs in high heels or fighting bad guys in Spandex? Well, these guys have, and they're on the record about how bad it is. These questionable outfits are some of the worst offenders in Hollywood history – so far, anyway.
1. Suicide Squad (2016)
When she made her screen debut as a character in Batman: The Animated Series, Harley Quinn was seen in a jester suit. The character continued to wear that costume in comic books and further TV adventures, making it somewhat iconic among fans. But such an ensemble was nowhere to be seen in the 2016 movie Suicide Squad. Instead, actress Margot Robbie was dressed up in a weird and wacky outfit — all tight clothes and hot pants. It was a choice that divided fans' opinions — as well as Robbie's.
Margot Robbie’s Harley Quinn hot pants
In 2016 Robbie took part in an interview with The New York Times, and during the conversation, the controversial nature of her costume cropped up. Robbie said, “As Margot, no, I don’t like wearing that. I’m eating burgers at lunchtime, and then you go do a scene where you’re hosed down and soaking wet in a white T-shirt. It’s so clingy, and you’re self-conscious about it.” Notably, for her outing as Harley in the 2020 movie Birds of Prey, that costume had changed completely.
2. Baywatch (2017)
The one thing everyone remembers about the Baywatch TV show is how scandalously sexy everyone looked in those red swimsuits... especially when running in slow motion! So this was amped up even more for the movie version. “The essential spirit of Baywatch is that sexy vibe,” star Zac Efron told the NZ Herald website in 2017. “In this movie, we definitely take it to an extreme.” So that meant a lot of attention was paid to the new swimsuits — even if not all of the cast were fans of them.
The movie gained an R rating for its risqué content, and this left some fans of the original show unhappy. It was, after all, a pretty family-friendly show back in the day. Yet Baywatch star Kelly Rohrbach only had one complaint about her famous swimsuit. “It really rides up,” she told GQ in 2017. “[The film crew] would use glue and tape it to my bum so it wouldn’t make a wedgie wrinkle.”