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Sir Alec Guinness Was No Fan of the Star Wars Dialogue

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Sir Alec Guinness thought the Star Wars dialogue was “rubbish,” a new letter reveals.

“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 late actor wrote in letters to a friend during the taping of the 1977 movie.

Oscar Issac, who plays Poe Dameron in Star Wars: The Force Awakens read the letter at a Sunday event that calls on actors and performers to read correspondence to a crowd. The event is called Letters Live. It continues at London’s Freemasons’ Hall through March 15.

Guinness, who played Obi Wan Kenobi in the epic franchise, trash-talked the film to his friend Anne Kauffman, according to BBC News. In one letter, he appears to call out Harrison Ford, though he flubbed the actors name in his writing.

He referenced working alongside a “Mark Hamill and Tennyson (that can’t be right) Ford. Ellison? No! Well a rangy, languid man who is probably intelligent and amusing.”


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