Alec Guinness on Star Wars in 1977

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  1. Tuckerfan

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    It cuts off abruptly at the end, but it's worth watching since Alec wasn't really a fan of the film at this time, though he's still positive about it (despite mentioning the fact that he got screwed out of a half of a percentage of the profits).



    There's another thing that's interesting about Sir Alec's comments, and I wonder if anyone here will pick up on them. :chris:
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    What, that he made some suggestions?
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    The bit about "people are going to try to read too much into it, but it's simple stuff for all ages"?
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    Since nobody's gotten it: Guinness brags about the lack of sex in the movie. This is rather funny since both Alex and his wife were bisexual, swingers, and rather well-known for their sexual escapades.
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    Ah.
    Well, I didn't know it.
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    Throw all the tomatoes you want.
    I was raised around my grandmother reading all the tell-all biographies about old Hollywood, and I still missed that one.
    :shrug:
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    Yep, didn't know that either.
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    Turn in your fan cards. :dendroica:
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    I like Star Trek more than Star Wars.:spock:
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    Judging by your posts in the recent Trek threads you don’t really like that either. :thbbt:
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    Life's like this: the biggest opportunity of your life comes along and you don't know it. It's clear Guinness held Star Wars in very low regard, doing it pretty much just for the paycheck, yet it became his signature role and made him fabulously wealthy.

    I saw a screening of the original The Terminator in L.A. a few months back, and Michael Biehn did a Q&A with the audience afterwards. He said something that stuck with me (not an exact quote but pretty close);

    "Anyone who says they knew The Terminator was going to be a big hit before it was made is full of shit."

    It was, after all, a low-budget sci-fi/horror flick. No one saw it coming that it would become the phenomenon that it did.
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    I'd heard Guiness had asked to have Obi-Won killed in ANH to minimize his role in the movie (and to also maximize Luke's growth), reluctantly agreed to return for ESB, and I'd guess by the time RotJ rolled around he had a good idea what the role really was and felt more comfortable with it.
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    That and getting one percent of the gross.
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