10 Actors Who Hated Working On Star Wars

9. Alec Guinness (Obi-Wan Kenobi)

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Alec Guinness may have received a Best Supporting Actor Oscar nomination for his iconic performance as Obi-Wan Kenobi in A New Hope, but Guinness himself wasn't too fond of the role, and by his own admission only took the part for the cold, hard cash.

With almost 50 years of revered stage work under his belt before be played Obi-Wan, Guinness was easily the most distinguished actor among the cast, and as a result was able to bag himself a neato $150,000 salary - double what was originally offered to him - as well as 2% of George Lucas' box office share.

But Guinness wrote letters to a friend during shooting where he called the project "fairy-tale rubbish," and referred to the dialogue as "pretty ropey." Hilariously, he also added, "I just think, thankfully, of the lovely bread."

Though by all accounts Guinness made for a pretty miserable presence on-set and didn't much enjoy discussing the role for the rest of his life, he certainly did enjoy the colossal royalties his estate continues to receive, said to be in the ballpark of $100 million to date.


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