You would think that being in one of the most popular and iconic movie franchises ever, would be the most rewarding and joyful experience of your life. But some of the stars who appeared in Star Wars have admitted that it’s not all it’s cracked up to be.
Some have even gone as far as saying they Regret doing it. Let’s see who these people are with today’s list of Top 10 Actors Who Hated Being In Star Wars.
Anthony Daniels who was the voice actor for our favourite gold robot, C3PO. Apparently he wasn’t a joy to work with and didn’t get along with his other castmates, especially the R2-D2 actor, Kenny Baker. When he first signed up for the project he wasn’t totally sure what he was getting into.
Star Wars creator George Lucas, decided that the scenes involving C-3PO were too dangerous for an actor to do, so Anthony would only be voicing his iconic character. CGI effects were used to bring him to life physically which did not impress the actor, whatsoever.
When speaking about it to Entertainment Weekly, he said:
It wasn’t very good. In fact, I’m going to say it was awful. One of the difficulties is with a character that you know and love so well is that, as a member of the audience, you go, oh no- that’s not right.”
He’s been pretty straight forward when talking about his time in the Star Wars universe. He hasn’t always had positive things to say about the franchise and on numerous occasions he’s gone as far as saying that he wanted his character, Han Solo, to die at the end of Return of the Jedi.
So it was quite a shock when he was still showing up in future movies after that. But he said the only reason he did that was so that his character’s story would be put to an end.
And his wish came true. During an interview, he was asked if he felt like he was passing on the torch to John Boyega and he said:
“I don’t know that I thought of it that way at all. I was there to die. And I really didn’t give a rat’s ass who got my sword.”
Ahmed Best played Jar Jar in Star Wars: The Phantom Menace. Some people weren’t surprised when they heard that he regretted his role and that’s because a lot of his fans do too.
No offence to anyone but Jar Jar Binks ranks pretty low on the popularity scale out of all the characters in the Star Wars franchise. It’s not the actor’s fault though by any means.
We could probably point the finger at the creator, George Lucas, who created the character as an attempt to attract children and bring in some comic relief. But it actually did some serious damage to the actor and he spoke on it during an emotional interview with Wired. said:
“I was staring at the end of my career before it started. There were a lot of tears, there was a lot of pain, there was a lot of shit I had to deal with. I didn’t get another chance after Jar Jar.”
It seems to be a pattern here that actors hate acting after working with this franchise.
Alec Guinness took on the role of Obi-Wan Kenobi and it might be hard for some people to believe that he wasn’t a fan of the franchise. His character plays such an important role in the Star Wars universe so it’s strange to hear that the man who brought him to life didn’t care too much about the role.
“A letter was leaked online that he had written to a friend while filming and in it he says: can’t say that I’m enjoying the film- new rubbish dialogue reaches me every other day and wages of pink paper. And none of it makes my character clear or even bearable. I just think, thankfully, of the lovely bread.”
We can assume that by bread he means money. But maybe as time went on he started to enjoy the filming process and the fact he was in one of the biggest movie franchises in the entire world, right? Wrong. Years down the road he spoke on his experience and said, I quote:
“Apart from the money, I regret having embarked on the film.”
Jake Lloyd took on the young Anakin Skywalker in Star Wars: The Phantom Menace. The role would seem like a dream to most kids, but he says it’s the reason he left his acting career.
He was just 8 years old when he played the role in 1999, but an interview in 2015 revealed the role ruined not only his career but his childhood. He admitted that other children were really mean to him after he filmed. Said:
“My entire school life was really a living hell.”
He quit acting altogether by the age of 12 and said he destroyed all of his valuable Star Wars items from his filming experience; he wanted nothing to do with it.
Jake is now in his 20’s and rarely talks about his Star Wars experience; he says the aftermath of it was too harsh and said that he’s learned to hate when the camera is pointed at him.
I don’t know if Star Wars is to blame, I think this is all the mean school-bullies faults who were probably just jealous of him.
Now, he never appeared in the Star Wars prequels but he still had an important role by providing the voice of Darth Maul. The actor was always a huge Star Wars fan so at first, it felt like the role of a lifetime for him.
And he continued to feel that way for a while until he watched the movie at the premiere. He spoke about it on a podcast and said he started to get a bad feeling once he saw Jar Jar Binks and the other CG aliens turning up on the big screen.
His exact words were: it reminds me of if you’re watching channel 4 during the day and there’s an old black-and-white film on, and someone’s in blackface, and they just bought this film for 8 pounds to show and nobody checked it.
It was like, the most racist film of the twentieth century! And it was one of the worst-paying jobs I ever did. I mean that’s a pretty bold statement, calling Star Wars one of the most racist films.
The man behind Darth Vader’s mask. Turns out he’s another actor who had a difficult relationship with the creator George Lucas. There’s a common denominator in all of these cases and it’s George, just saying.
But George was actually angry with David because he claims that he leaked two big plot twists to the press about The Empire Strikes Back.
After that, he basically disowned him. People believe that’s the reason that Sebastian Shaw was hired to play the de-masked version of him in Return of the Jedi.
David spoke to The Sun about his time with Star Wars and he said: my wife won’t have anything to do with Darth Vader and says Star Wars has been an intrusion into our life. Those behind the film cut me out and have continued to ignore me for years.
He’s a British actor who had issues with both the movie and the creator, George Lucas. He took on the role of Finis Valorem in The Phantom Menace and hated his experience working with the franchise.
Apparently he wasn’t a fan of George either and he openly slammed him during an interview with Empire. When talking about him he said:
“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.”
But what he was most angry about was when he arrived in Australia to film a scene with Natalie Portman, obviously someone he was excited to work alongside with. He told the story and said:
“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 piece of paper on the wall. It was just boring.”
Imagine showing up to do a scene with Natalie Portman and you have to do your lines to a PICTURE of her face.
I guess he wasn’t too thrilled with her experience either. Turns out she has more than one reason to regret taking on the role of Padme Amidala. She had an important part in the prequel trilogy but her character wasn’t given much to do.
Fans have pointed out that she doesn’t even get a proper ending; they still aren’t sure what exactly took her life at the end of it all.
Luckily, the movie didn’t ruin her acting career but she revealed that she was in a
pretty dark place after the experience. She told New York Magazine:
“Star Wars had come out and everyone thought I was a horrible actress. I was in the biggest-grossing movie of the decade and no director wanted to work with me.”
Thankfully, she got things back on track in her career but because of Star Wars, it was shaky for a while.
Our very own Luke Skywalker. How does Luke Skywalker himself hate being apart of the most iconic movie franchise? We didn’t find out until later on in the series that he had some regrets about his role in the saga.
Most of it came from Star Wars: The Last Jedi, his work under Rian Johnson, nothing from the original trilogy. He clashed with the director and had no problem sharing his feelings about it throughout a series of interviews.
And he didn’t agree with Rian’s new take on the character and was pretty miserable about it when he saw it on the big screen., saying that it demoralized Luke Skywalker.
He told him that he hated what he did with the character but later Tweeted an apology for voicing my doubts and insecurities in public.
He hasn’t fully accepted that transformation of his character, but unfortunately, as an actor, you don’t always have that control. Basically what I’m saying is, CRY ABOUT IT MARK. You’re Luke Skywalker for heaven’s sake!