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7 Actors Who Really Hated Being In Star Wars

Sunday, August 16, 2015 15:25
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I find it mind boggling that actors like Sir Alec Guiness, someone made $56 MILLION POUNDS off the Star Wars Trilogy hated it so much that he didn’t even like talking about it in public, but with the acting skills (or lack there of) of some of his co-stars, it’s understandable why an Oscar Winner might get a bit frustrated from time to time. The scripts in the most recent trilogy were almost unbearable at points, so that too is understandable… but seriously? Are these people really complaining about being part of the most successful movie franchise of all time? 

With Disney buying out Lucas Film for over $4 BILLION Dollars, it has been rumored that Disney plans to release a new movie each year for some time to come. All I know is when I see the following two trailers for the new Star Wars film due out in December, I forget all about the bad acting, and the bad scripts, and I CANNOT WAIT to see it. 

 

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You would have thought that being in one of the most popular and iconic franchises ever would be catnip to any actor – after all, who hasn’t dreamed of picking up a lightsaber and taking on the Empire? But for some of the stars who appeared in the (so far) six films, it wasn’t all it’s cracked up to be.

 

Alec Guinness

By the time Episode IV was released, Sir Alec was 63 and an Oscar-winner for 1957’s ‘The Bridge On The River Kwai’. In other words, this weird space opera directed by some Yank upstart wasn’t exactly the kind of thing he was used to.

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During filming, he wrote to his friend about Paul [sic] Lucas and how “rubbish” the dialogue was, “none of which makes my character clear or even bearable”. Later on, he hated being recognised for playing Kenobi and is known to have thrown away all fan mail before opening it.

While he obviously enjoyed some the filming – he liked Kenny Baker and Harrison Ford and even helped the latter find a flat to stay in while shooting in England – it was mainly about the money.

And what a deal he struck. Rather than take a large upfront fee, he negotiated a contract worth two-and-a-quarter per cent of the profits. By the time he died in 2000, it’s estimated he’d earned £56 million from the franchise.

Terence Stamp

The British icon played the leader of the Galactic Senate in ‘The Phantom Menace’, but despite being excited to work with Natalie Portman, he told Empire magazine that he found the experience “boring”.

After criticizing Lucas as a poor director of actors and revealing they didn’t get on, he admitted that he found the young actress “absolutely enchanting”.

Nevertheless, having reluctantly travelled back to England from Australia, when it came time to do their scene together it wasn’t quite what he expected. “On the day I’m supposed to do my scene with her, for which I’d travelled halfway around the world, I said, ‘Where’s Natalie?’ And George says, ‘That’s Natalie,’ and points to a bit of paper on the wall. It was just boring.”

His mood wasn’t lightened by receiving his gift for appearing in the movie from Lucas. He got a ‘Phantom Menace’ stencil set.

Jake Lloyd

With the now-26-year-old recently arrested following a high-speed police chase, it’s clear that despite scooping the role of a young Anakin Skywalker, his life isn’t exactly going to plan.

So it’s not surprising that he told Blackbook magazine in 2012 that the film had made his life a “living hell”.

“Other children were really mean to me,” he said, vowing he would never act again. “They would make the sound of the lightsaber every time they saw me. It was totally mad.”

His most recent photo is a mugshot, which can only exacerbate his feeling that he “learned to hate it when the cameras are pointed at me.”

Ewan McGregor

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At the time, the Scottish actor seemed like a good choice to play a young Ben Kenobi and he watched lots of Alec Guinness movies to try and emulate the star who played him in the original trilogy.

But clearly, Ewan didn’t have that much fun making the films, recently criticizing people who ask him to sign Obi-Wan memorabilia, as well as admitting that he had only seen ‘The Phantom Menace’ once at the premiere.

Still, he said he didn’t mind the criticism of the prequels. “I’ve heard it to my face,” he told Details magazine in 2014.

Peter Serafinowicz

The ‘Shaun of the Dead’ actor was hired to voice Darth Maul, the double-lightsabered villain in ‘The Phantom Menace’. Having originally recorded more lines than the three that ended up in the film, he has revealed his only direction from George Lucas was, “Just make him sound evil.”

After watching the trailer and being excited for the finished product, he was disappointed to find himself not invited to the New York premiere. Eventually he wangled a ticket – which he had to pay for himself, on top of his travel.

As well as finding it “really boring”, Serafinowicz has also said he felt uncomfortable about the racial tone of the movie, as well as finding Jar Jar Binks unfunny.Admitting it was “a huge toy advert”, the cherry on top was the fact he only got paid a meagre salary to do the job in the first place.

David Prowse

Known of course as the physical embodiment of Darth Vader (though he was doubled by swordmaster Bob Anderson for most of the fight scenes), Prowse has been embroiled in a feud with George Lucas since appearing – accidentally he says – in critical 2010 documentary ‘The People Vs. George Lucas’.

He’s also disliked by the Lucasfilm because he gave away the biggest ‘Empire Strikes Back’ spoiler (something about someone being so-and-so’s father) in a 1978 newspaper interview, resulting in him eventually being banned from official ‘Star Wars’ conventions in 2010.

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But Prowse has always had a love/hate relationship with the movies.

“The thing that hurt was it was all done without telling me,” he told Yahoo Movies about being replaced by James Earl Jones as the voice of Vader. “It was all done in a very underhand way. I didn’t like it one little bit.”

He was also angry about being usurped by actor Sebastian Shaw when the Sith Lord’s mask finally came off. When the Daily Mail wrote a story revealing Shaw’s appearance and Vader’s death, Lucas and director Richard Marquand blamed Prowse and shunned him from that point on.

Harrison Ford

With Han Solo set to return big-time in ‘The Force Awakens’, it’s hard to imagine how negative the 72-year-old has been over the years about the movies that first made his name.

He’s balked at answering interview questions about ‘Star Wars’ for decades and wanted to be killed off in ‘Return Of The Jedi’, though now he’s probably glad George Lucas didn’t agree.

Famously, the actor said of the first script, “You can write this s***, but you sure as hell can’t say it,” while during a 2010 interview, he referred to his character as Ham Yoyo. During another appearance to promote ‘Return Of The Jedi’, he admitted, “Three is enough for me. I was glad to see that costume for the last time.”

Let’s hope he cares enough to give the new audience what it wants in Episode VII.

Photos: Lucasfilm/Giphy/Rex_Shutterstock

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  • hoboMonkey

    what an ungrateful bunch!

    • santiago

      Exactly. I’m surprised about Harrison Ford,it was the Star Wars that made him famous and rich,and he hates it???

  • Anonymous

    Formally-trained (or, at least, formal) actors are accustomed to nuanced and complicated roles.

    For the story to be timeless (and appealing to the lowest common denominator) the characters had to be 1-dimensional — in other words, uncomplicated, and having mainly one personality trait.

    In his own way, each one was a sort of JarJar Binks.

    That’s how he was treated by the franchise, and in his private life.

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