Dev Patel Opens Up About 'One of the Worst Movies' He's Ever Done: 'I Didn't Really Flourish'

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Dev Patel may be an Oscar-nominated leading actor, but even he admits he has the occasional impostor syndrome.
The 31-year-old Green Knight actor recently told the New York Times that he has frustrated his agents in the past because he was known for turning down big blockbusters. "Maybe it's a fear of how I would fit into this world," said Patel, referring to "one of the worst films I've ever made."
"I shouldn't even bring it up, but do a quick IMDb search and you will know what it is," offered Patel, instead of naming the film the Times suspected was The Last Airbender in 2010 was. The film received five rounds, including Worst Picture (plus a Worst Supporting Actor nomination for Patel).
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He played Prince Zuko in M. Night Shyamalan's live-action feature film adaptation of the Nickelodeon animated series Avatar: The Last Airbender.
Patel said he had succumbed to the pressure to work with greenscreens and special effects. "I haven't really developed in this position," he said. "I take my hat off to all of these incredible actors who make Marvel movies where there are big, loud fans and green screens and tennis balls and so on."
Dev Patel in The Last Airbender
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The British actor added that he "felt unworthy of his 2017 Oscar nomination for his performance in Lion," which earned him a nod at the Golden Globes.
“That speaks for my naturally low self-esteem: You are there with really impressive creatures, the best of the best, and you think, 'I don't know what I have to offer in this area'. “Said Patel of his nod for Best Supporting Actor.
He played Saroo Brierley in Lion, based on Brierley's autobiography A Long Way Home, which told the amazing true story of how, thanks to Google Earth, he was miraculously reunited with his birth mother 25 years after being separated from his family. Patel starred alongside Nicole Kidman and Rooney Mara.
LION, Dev Patel, 2016. ph: Mark Rogers. © The Weinstein Company / courtesy Everett Collection
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Patel previously opened up to PEOPLE about his first Oscar nomination. “The fact that our little film, which we shot in the middle of nowhere, made it onto the Oscar stage is reason enough for us to be really happy,” he said in February 2017. “That was the best trip. "
"Just spreading the message of love, unity, adoption and family is something I am proud to be a part of," Patel continued. "A woman came up to me after a screening and said she was on the fence because she wanted to adopt, but after seeing the film she said it gave her the courage and she now felt her calling . The movie is life changing. "
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The Slumdog Millionaire star admitted at the time that he was struggling to take compliments. "Whenever someone compliments me on how I look, I start to fail," he said.
Patel is currently starring in A24's The Green Knight, which premiered in theaters on Friday.
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