Now, it's a pretty well-established fact that Sir Alec Guinness — the renowned British actor who first brought Obi-Wan Kenobi to life on the big screen — absolutely hated working on Star Wars. Indeed, so firmly wedged into our collective pop culture consciousness is Guinness's distaste for the sci-fi saga, he's become a go-to reference point whenever an actor of note snarks about working on a major franchise or hints about being too good for a mainstream project.
As it turns out, though, Guinness had a few (sort of) kind words to say about at least one of his co-stars — and a whole lot more to criticize than we've so far heard. That's right...
Even More Alec Guinness 'Star Wars' Sniping Has Emerged — And It's AWESOME
The reason for this sudden — awakening?
Each year, Freemasons' Hall in London hosts a series of Letters Live events — shows during which famous folk read out especially interesting items of written correspondence to, as the organization itself put it, celebrate "the pain, joy, wisdom and humour expressed in letters."
This year, Oscar "Poe Dameron" Isaac, star of Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens, turned up to read a letter from — you guessed it — Sir Alec. In which, it seems, it was revealed that...
He Really Didn't Like Working On 'Star Wars'
Indeed, as he put it to the letter's recipient, his friend Anne Kaufman: "Can't say I'm enjoying the film." Which is exactly the sort of remark that seems innocuous in the US, but could cut a chap dead in certain British social circles.
It was George Lucas's writing, however, that was on the receiving end of the harshest words, with Guinness noting that:
New rubbish dialogue reaches me every other day on wadges of pink paper, and none of it makes my character clear or even bearable.
Considering Harrison Ford's reported distaste for the script, it isn't perhaps all that surprising. Speaking of which:
Guinness's Feelings On Harrison Ford Were Less Clear-Cut
As Guinness put it, he was working with:
Mark Hamill and Tennyson (that can't be right) Ford. Ellison? No! Well a rangy, languid man who is probably intelligent and amusing.
Which suggests that Ford was just as affable and entertaining in real life as we all assumed when first watching Star Wars (and, indeed, still largely do), but perhaps not quite memorable enough for Guinness to recall his full name.
Oh, snarky Alec Guinness. You are a funny one.
What do you think, though?
Just how bad WAS George Lucas's dialog for 'Star Wars'?