Star Wars actor says his experience was boring and George Lucas was uninteresting

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We can safely say that a lot of Star Wars fans’ favorite movie of the original trilogy was The Empire Strikes Back. It was darker and had intense scenes involving Luke’s struggle of becoming a jedi. The funny thing is, it wasn’t directed by George Lucas, the man who created the Star Wars universe. With the prequel movies, which he directed, a lot of the acting felt very wooden and was heavy on the special FX.  Now an actor talks about his bad experience with the Star Wars movie.

Terence Stamp, who played Chancellor Valorum in Star Wars: Episode I, reveals in Empire Magazine that he had a boring time on the set. He had this to say to say:

“We didn’t get on at all. I didn’t rate him that much as a director, really. I didn’t feel like he was a director of actors; he was more interested in stuff and effects. He didn’t interest me and I wouldn’t think I interested him … I came all the way back from Australia to do it. I didn’t want to but my agent leaned on me and I wanted to meet Natalie Portman because I’d seen her in The Professional. And I did meet her and she was absolutely enchanting. But 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.”

We all knew that Lucas was very focused on the special FX in the movie, but who knew that he would sacrifice acting and dialogue. Actresses like Natalie Portman are great in other films, but her role as Padme Amidala was very wooden. Now we can understand why the acting in the movie wasn’t that great.

This is the reason why I’m glad that J.J. Abrams is on board. Even though his lens flare may be annoying, his Star Trek film was very engaging and had a lot of great character interactions. The scene with old Spock and young Kirk gave me chills. Now imagine a young Star Wars character meeting an old Han Solo in Episode VII.

Source: Empire Magazine via CBM

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