Written by Richie Pepio
During the 124 days before the release of The Last Jedi, I’m reviewing all 124 minutes of the theatrical version of
The Empire Strikes Back. Join me and together we will watch Star Wars….
Luke continues to argue with Yoda and Obi Wan’s spirit in Minute 84:00. For the duration of shooting, Empire faced similar financial and production-related problems to those that occurred during the original Star Wars shoot, but Sir Alec Guinness still seemed to hate Star Wars more and more by the day.
The guy was an international treasure full of anecdotes on the art of acting...
...But for every quote about the craft or The Craft, he has an entire diary devoted to blasting the house that Lucas built.
Yes, Guinness appreciated the money but his feelings on the series went from complacent to Debbie Downer to Droopy Dog to J. Robert "I-Am-Become-Death-The-Destroyer-Of-Worlds" Oppenheimer. And it happened faster than he could say: “euthanize me and shoot my ashes into space so I can spite anything to do with stars.”
Although filming A New Hope gave Guinness more of a sinking feeling than a passenger on the Executor, he initially protested when Lucas decided to kill off his character aboard the Death Star. Following some contract wrangling and scheduling around an eye operation, The Empire Strikes Back's production team managed to get Guinness to commit to a single day of filming in which they got the actor to say different versions of “don’t give into hate” to be sprinkled throughout the movie. It was 3 minutes of screen-time completed in four-and-a-half-hours of shooting... for 0.25% of the gross.
And for all the profits, the most he had to say about his Star Wars experience can be summarized by these actual diary entries, as posted by i09. Here's his private opinions before shooting of A New Hope began:
I have been offered a movie (20th Cent. Fox) which I may accept, if they come up with proper money. London and N. Africa, starting in mid-March. Science fiction – which gives me pause – but is to be directed by Paul [sic] Lucas who did "American Graffiti, which makes me feel I should. Big part. Fairy-tale rubbish but could be interesting perhaps.
And here's his opinions during:
... new rubbish dialogue reaches me every other day on wadges 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. – Oh, Harrison Ford – ever heard of him?
And here's his opinions after (as read by the man himself, from his autobiography, A Positively Final Appearance):
But according to this Buzzfeed article by the fan involved in Guinness' story above, the actor might not have told the whole story...
Best Performance by a Human: Obi Wan Kenobi pulling out all the stops to keep Luke on Dagobah.
Best Performance by a Non-human: Yoda again.
Best Line: Kenobi's warning to Luke - "If you choose to face Vader, you will do it alone. I cannot interfere."
Rating: 2.10 out of 2.25% of profits owed to Ben Kenobi.
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