It's weird to think that a star from the cast of a franchise as big as Star Wars would feel anything other than the utmost love and gratitude towards it. Especially since it probably made them a ton of money because... you know, it's Star Wars.
Most recently, Jake Lloyd, the former child star who played a young Anakin in Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace films was arrested after a high-speed chase. Clearly, things have derailed for him, but he kind of blames his Star Wars fame for it. He was quoted as saying that school became "a living hell" for him, as he was haunted by his young role and its massive success and ubiquity.
He wasn't the only one who had some gripes. In some cases, we had some of the movie franchise's prominent characters speak out about how they were not always so thrilled with the series.
Not including Lloyd, here are the additional four...
1. Alec Guinness
This dude, simply put, called the movie franchise "fairytale rubbish." He played Obi-Wan Kenobi and still had THIS to say in a letter to a friend during the filming of the original:
“Can’t say I’m enjoying the film … new rubbish dialogue reaches me every other day on wadges of pink paper — and none of it makes my character clear or even bearable”
Kinda brutal. He also said in his memoir,
“I shrivel inside each time it is mentioned.”
Wow, Alec, tell us how you really feel.
2. Ewan McGregor
To be fair, Ewan has no real ill-will harbored against the franchise, other than towards some ridiculous people who masquerade as "fans" but have bad intentions.
This quote summed it up nicely, and other than some of the language usage, I think it's fair:
"The people I meet are the fuckers who want me to sign Star Wars photos so they can sell them on the Internet or the people at premieres who are crushing children against barriers to get me to sign their fucking picture of Obi-Wan Kenobi. They're not fans—they're parasitical lowlifes and fucking wankers."
3. Harrison Ford
So, during a 2010 interview with David Letterman after he'd labeled "Star Wars" as "iconic," Ford quickly dismissed that notion by grumbling, "yeah, yeah," then referred to his character as "Ham Yoyo."
He also was quoted as saying "As a character, [Han Solo] was not so interesting to me." Of course, at the time back in the late 70s this wasn't the case. It seems as if, upon reflection, he became a little more... jaded.
4. Dave Prowse
Prowse played the original Darth Vader, which is almost as epic as it gets with this series. Who would feel anything other than sheer joy that they got that awesome opportunity? Prowse kind of came across a little bit petty with this quote:
"I didn't like Star Wars I, II and III at all. I think the common opinion now is they were really bad movies. There's no comparison with the original movies. They had a much more believable story."
He did say, though, that he would've liked to play a role in [Star Wars: Episode VII — The Force Awakens](tag:711158). That, clearly, didn't happen. Here's what he had to say, though.
"Unfortunately, Darth Vader was killed off. But it would be nice to come back and do another character, because no one's ever seen my face. I was never unmasked."
For the most part, everybody else was pretty happy with Star Wars. I mean, how could you not be?