Although Obi-Wan Kenobi is among the most respected Star Wars characters, the actor who enacted the character doesn’t think highly of the role.
Alec Guinness had written a letter to a friend narrating his experience on the set of the first space movie from George Lucas, and he clearly sounded grumpy about it. The letter was recently shared on Reddit, providing an idea of the iconic actor’s opinion on Star Wars.
The letter read:
My dear Anne,
I have returned to London this evening for my stint at the studio for the rest of the week. Can’t say I’m enjoying the film — new rubbish dialogue reaches me every other day on wages of pink paper — and none of it makes my character clear or even bearable. I just think, thankfully, of the lovely bread, which will help me keep going until next April even if ‘Yahoo’ collapses in a week.
I must off to studio and work with a dwarf (very sweet, — and he has to wash in a bidet) and your fellow countrymen Mark Hamill and Tennyson (that can’t be right) Ford — Ellison (? — No!*) — well, a rangy, languid young man who is probably intelligent and amusing. But Oh, God, God, they make me feel ninety — and treat me as if I was 106.
*Harrison Ford — ever heard of him?
Guinness certainly comes across as a friendly guy!
His ranting about Lucas’ dialogue is neither new nor peculiar. Mark Hamill and Harrison Ford have taken great pains to describe what a pain those lines were and how it was difficult to portray them fluently.
In fact, Ford and Hamill even let Lucas have a taste of that during last summer’s Star Wars Celebration’s 40th-anniversary panel.
What’s surprising is Guinness complaint about Ford, taking into account how the Han Solo guy has gone to become among most iconic Hollywood actors. It is fascinating to see how Guinness used to think about Star Wars before it became a global phenomenon, and it shows that such incidents are nothing new to the franchise based in the galaxy far, far away.