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Old March 6 2013, 12:21 AM   #16
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Re: Worst acting in Star Wars?

I also found it interesting how the OT actors complain about the dialogue they have to speak. Granted, some of it can be very corny but at the same time it's also sci-fi. Carrie Fischer, in the Empire of Dreams documentary, stated she had no clue what she was talking about during the Hoth/ion cannon speech. Was it bad writing, or just an actor uncomfortable with a sci-fi vocabulary?

I don't see too many actors nowadays say how uncomfortable/corny sci-fi lines are to speak. Is this maybe a sign of the times when science fiction/fantasy is more ingrained in our culture and we're simply used to it versus how we were in 1977?
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Old March 6 2013, 01:24 AM   #17
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Re: Worst acting in Star Wars?

All exaggeration aside, I must go with Hayden Christiansen. He just came off very wooden and childish.

Though Natalie, as wonderful as she is, clearly was not comfortable acting in a green screen environment and some of her lines, which were written very stilted, came off very stilted.
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Old March 6 2013, 01:28 AM   #18
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Re: Worst acting in Star Wars?

Hayden gets the vote, although Dorme's concern was utterly unconvincing in AOTC (however, Rose Byrne looked so good, I usually overlook the wooden performance)
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Old March 6 2013, 02:16 AM   #19
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i'm going to say Alec Guiness. compared with the rest of the casts talents, he was a proper actor and his performance is pretty poor considering how good he could be.
He was nominated for best supporting actor for the role of Obi-Wan.

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Old March 6 2013, 04:54 AM   #20
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Re: Worst acting in Star Wars?

Hayden Christensen in AotC. He was godawful.
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Old March 6 2013, 05:06 AM   #21
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Re: Worst acting in Star Wars?

Well, geeze, if I woulda known we were ignoring the OP Caveat "Worst Actor from A New Hope", I woulda thrown my vote to Hayden also
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Old March 6 2013, 05:18 AM   #22
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I just can't resist bashing Christensen's performance. Truly awful. WTF was Lucas thinking?
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Old March 6 2013, 05:32 AM   #23
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Jake Lloyd...
I actually have given Lloyd pass ever since I heard SLJ defend him with words to the effect of...

"He was a kid playing a kid and didn't get the direction he needed. Now leave him alone"
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Old March 6 2013, 05:47 AM   #24
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I just can't resist bashing Christensen's performance. Truly awful. WTF was Lucas thinking?

Lucas was very good at getting inferior performances from good actors. So this thread is a little unfair because we're dealing with a director who is just not good at directing. He's a 2nd unit style director who knows how to choreograph action scenes but is in over his head trying to convey real drama.

In this respect he's kind of the opposite of someone like Quentin Tarantino who is known for being able to get awesome performances from actors who had destroyed their reputations with B-movie dreck (like David Carradine who was riveting for every frame he was in Kill Bill).
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Old March 6 2013, 06:18 AM   #25
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You guys are crazy. Anything Hamill lacks is from "Youcanwritethisshitgeorgebutyoucan'tsayititis ". The irony being that Ford sold his lines perfectly.
Also direction. It is the directors responsibility to get the right takes from the actors. Somebody mentioned Guiness earlier--my guess is that the problem comes from a "shoot it and wrap" mentality where there was no waiting for the right delivery from any of the actors. Ford shines above the rest because this style probably suits him.

Look at Shatner's brilliance in STII compared to his acting in STV for example. In Khan many takes were done until Meyer (sp?) got the performance he wanted.
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Old March 6 2013, 07:15 AM   #26
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Re: Worst acting in Star Wars?

I'd say the award for worst acting in the original Star Wars film goes to the guy who played "Mauler" Mithel, a.k.a. Black 2. I guess I should blame the director, but his facial expressions were completely unreadable. I just couldn't make an emotional connection with him.
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Old March 6 2013, 09:40 AM   #27
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John Ratzenberger

You would have thought that he would have acted like he did on Cheers.

But nooooo...

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Old March 6 2013, 09:49 AM   #28
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The guy who played N. Papanoida could certainly have used better direction...
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Old March 6 2013, 06:42 PM   #29
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What about Rick Ollie or Sebulba?
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Old March 6 2013, 07:16 PM   #30
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Jake Lloyd, Hayden Christensen and David Prowse.

Hmm, seems to be a connection there, but I can't quite place it...
Lloyd and Christensen I can agree with--easily the worst of all 6 films, but Prowse was fine in the way he carried himself; it was a seamless blend with the voice of JEJ.
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