12 Reasons Star Wars: The Force Awakens Is A Disappointment

2. A Ton Of Actors Are Wasted In Nothing Roles

When you're able to audition for a part in a Star Wars movie, you're damn right that you do it: who could say no, no matter the size of the part? Even so, it feels like a ton of famous faces and talented actors were wasted in minuscule roles here, including Max von Sydow, Ken Leung, The Raid cast members Yayan Ruhian, Iko Uwais and Cecep Arif Rahman (alright, talented martial artists...), Greg Grunberg and, as mentioned, Gwendoline Christie. Yes, it's terrific for Abrams and the movie that he could get name actors to fill even the tiniest roles, but at the same time, when you cast a performer of von Sydow's caliber in particular, you sure as hell use him for something important rather than a random village elder who says a few lines of dialogue before being murdered by Kylo Ren. Like so many others, he appears and disappears in a flash of indifference.
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