Collection of Alec Guinness Quotes on Star Wars

Discussion in 'General Chit Chat' started by Borsk, Feb 24, 2006.

  1. Borsk

    Borsk Administrator Staff Member

    Some of these I hadn't read before...

    Other info:

    Harrison Ford said that Guinness helped him find an apartment to stay at when he arrived in England to film the first Star Wars film.

    George Lucas said Guinness was very patient and helpful to him during the filming of the first Star Wars, even to the point of getting the other actors to work more seriously.

    Reportedly answered one "Star Wars" fan's boast that he'd seen the first movie over a hundred times, with a nod and the words "Promise me you'll never watch it again." The boy was stunned, but his mother thanked Guinness.

    Though he often spoke critically of Star Wars, the three leads, Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford, and Carrie Fisher, have always spoken very fondly of him, praising him as being a very professional actor who was always respectful to the people he worked with.

    Ewan McGregor was not the only actor in the Star Wars prequels to study his performances. The voice for the character Watto was modeled after Guinness's performance as Fagin in Oliver Twist.

    Despite popular belief he NEVER uttered the line 'May the force be with you' in ANY of the Star Wars films (the closest he came was 'the force will be with you').

    Guinness claimed to throw away all Star Wars related fan mail without even opening it.
  2. Barada

    Barada Saboteur

    Where did you get those from Borsk?

    Very insightful, but my recollection is that he almost quit when he found out Obi-Wan was to die. Apparently he only stayed because Lucas told him he'd still be around in spirit form. The quote where he encouraged Lucas to kill Obi-Wan off contradicts this...

    Nice collection though. :)

  3. Borsk

    Borsk Administrator Staff Member

    I found them on this page:

    I was looking up "The Bridge on the River Kwai" and ended up reading it.

    Buzz is probably going to complain about IMDB being inaccurate, but oh well. :)

    If you listen to the DVD commentary for ANH, Lucas talks about killing off Obi-Wan and definately contradicts the Guinness quote.

    I can see Guinness being bitter and saying it even though it might not be exactly true. However, I can also see Guinness being truthful about it and Lucas revising history to make himself look better. I dunno.
  4. darthskellington

    darthskellington Dark Lord of the Typos

    Interesting. I wouldn't really doubt the quotes much......he wasn't a huge SW fan and lamented being remembered only for it. However....he did sign me an autograph through the mail, though. I was extremely polite...asked about his other work...and explained it was my first autograph request ever.
  5. wookiee_cookiee

    wookiee_cookiee Moderator Staff Member

    I have heard the quote about Guninness wanting Kenobi to be killed off as well. I *think* it was on a documentary someplace, so I wouldn't be quick to dismiss it. But of course I don't know the source off the top of my head.
  6. Borsk

    Borsk Administrator Staff Member

    If you watch the "A New Hope" DVD with the commentary track on, Lucas spends quite a bit of time explaining how he wanted to kill off Kenobi so that Luke could face the challenge at the end of the movie alone.

    Maybe they just mutually agreed for different reasons. Lucas spins it that Guinness wasn't thrilled with the idea though.
  7. Darth Boru

    Darth Boru Celtic Sith

    Whichever way you take the quote, apparently Sir Alec was the only one clever enough to do it for a percentage! A wise old Jedi, was he ;)
  8. Borsk

    Borsk Administrator Staff Member

    I *think* he got $150,000 plus 2%.
  9. Darth Boru

    Darth Boru Celtic Sith

    2% of...em, well, tons is .....

    (gets socks off)

    em....tons!! Definitely a wise old Jedi!

    I wonder if he used a mind trick on GL to get that?? ;)
  10. Darth Aussie

    Darth Aussie Australian Sith Lord

    Didn't Harrison want his Han Solo character killed off too?
  11. Borsk

    Borsk Administrator Staff Member

    Yeah, he didn't want to come back for ROTJ.
  12. Darth Aussie

    Darth Aussie Australian Sith Lord

    Must have been a decent paycheck to make him come back.....

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