Obi-Wan Kenobi was many things: a legendary Jedi Master, a former general in the Republic Army, and a trusted mentor to both Anakin and Luke Skywalker. However, a Star Wars fan he was not.
OK, so maybe it wasn’t Obi-Wan himself who described the 1977 film’s dialogue as “rubbish,” but rather his portrayer, Alec Guinness. Apparently, the English actor was having none of Lucas’s galactic fairy tale.
Star Wars: The Force Awakens star Oscar Isaac made a surprise appearance at a Letters Live event on Sunday (March 13) in London, where he read a letter Guinness wrote to his friend Anne Kauffman while he was shooting A New Hope in 1976. Though Guinness would later earn an Oscar nomination for his performance as Obi-Wan, the letter confirms that he was not a fan of George Lucas’s original script.
“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,” the English actor wrote, adding that working with the Star Wars cast, especially Mark Hamill and this languid Tennyson Ford guy, made him feel very old.
“Mark Hamill and Tennyson (that can’t be right) Ford — Ellison (? — No!*) — well, a rangy, languid young man who is probably intelligent and amusing,” he wrote. “But Oh, God, God, they make me feel ninety — and treat me as if I was 106.” (Guinness was 63 when he filmed Episode IV.)
According to EW, who obtained a copy of the original letter, the asterisk on “no” leads to one hilarious postscript: “Harrison Ford — ever heard of him?”
Hmm. Ever heard of him, Isaac?