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Terence Stamp was bored by his time with Star Wars and doesn't think much of George Lucas

Jan. 28, 2013by: Niki Stephens

Every once in awhile, an actor will come out long after (of short after for some) a movie has released and confessed that their experience wasn't so great. I'm sure several are already coming to mind-- basically anyone who has ever worked on a David O. Russell production, right? Or Lars von Trier? But what about working with George Lucas on any of the STAR WARS films? Wait...it's STAR WARS. That would be the dream of any child or adult to get two seconds in any STAR WARS film. But Terence Stamp does not have warm fuzzies looking back on his time as Chancellor Valorum in STAR WARS: EPISODE I- THE PHANTOM MENACE. He also doesn't think much of Lucas as a director.

This is what Stamp told Empire Magazine:

"We didn't get on at all. I didn't rate him that much as a director, really. I didn't feel like he was a director of actors; he was more interested in stuff and effects. He didn't interest me and I wouldn't think I interested him. I came all the way back from Australia to do it. I didn't want to but my agent leaned on me and I wanted to meet Natalie Portman because I'd seen her in The Professional. And I did meet her and she was absolutely enchanting. But on the day I'm supposed to do my scene with her, for which I'd travelled halfway around the world, I said, 'Where's Natalie?' And George says, 'That's Natalie,' and points to a bit of paper on the wall. It was just boring."

Don't hold back about how you feel, Mr. Stamp. I think he's a great actor, and he's General Zod for crying out loud. I'm starting to think they should have a forum online for actors to rate/comment about their directors and vice-versa. That would be interesting.

With the selling off of LucasFilm, are we going to get more statements like this one?

Source: CBMEmpire

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9:21PM on 01/29/2013

Wish I could say I was surprised

Hell, everybody looked bored while making those prequels, even the CGI characters. I had a friend who worked at ILM while they were making this film and everybody was saying, "Wow, are you working on Star Wars?"

He had to say, "Yes" but he couldn't admit that he was working on a character that he knew everybody would hate - Jar Jar Binks. Even the computer programmers knew that character was a stinker.
Hell, everybody looked bored while making those prequels, even the CGI characters. I had a friend who worked at ILM while they were making this film and everybody was saying, "Wow, are you working on Star Wars?"

He had to say, "Yes" but he couldn't admit that he was working on a character that he knew everybody would hate - Jar Jar Binks. Even the computer programmers knew that character was a stinker.
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6:37AM on 01/29/2013

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'Where's Natalie?' And George says, 'That's Natalie,' and points to a bit of paper on the wall. It was just boring."
That about sums up why any movie he has made in his career past the early 80's is god awful
'Where's Natalie?' And George says, 'That's Natalie,' and points to a bit of paper on the wall. It was just boring."
That about sums up why any movie he has made in his career past the early 80's is god awful
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5:17AM on 01/29/2013
Never seen a Lucas movie that proved that he has any direction skills.
Never seen a Lucas movie that proved that he has any direction skills.
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4:35AM on 01/29/2013
Damn yo...somebody works with someone that they didn't particularly rate. It's so true what they say...you learn of new things everyday ;o) It's also always best to voice opinions when it won't affect one's self adversely :o)
Damn yo...somebody works with someone that they didn't particularly rate. It's so true what they say...you learn of new things everyday ;o) It's also always best to voice opinions when it won't affect one's self adversely :o)
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3:44AM on 01/29/2013
All kneel before Zod
All kneel before Zod
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1:22AM on 01/29/2013
Now that, was "enchanting".
Now that, was "enchanting".
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1:02AM on 01/29/2013
Lucas doesn't know how to work with actors. Stop the fucking presses.
Lucas doesn't know how to work with actors. Stop the fucking presses.
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11:57PM on 01/28/2013
Not surprise to hear Stamp said this.
Not surprise to hear Stamp said this.
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11:17PM on 01/28/2013
I always like seeing this. I dont like being spoon fed bullshit that everybody likes everybody and everyone gets along
I always like seeing this. I dont like being spoon fed bullshit that everybody likes everybody and everyone gets along
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2:42AM on 01/29/2013
Nicely said
Nicely said
10:42PM on 01/28/2013
Ah yes, you wanted to meet Natalie because you admired her acting work *wink* *wink*

C'mon Mr. Stamp, you wanted to meet her after seeing those topless pics of her on the beach. There's no shame in that (we've all seen them....many times...)
Ah yes, you wanted to meet Natalie because you admired her acting work *wink* *wink*

C'mon Mr. Stamp, you wanted to meet her after seeing those topless pics of her on the beach. There's no shame in that (we've all seen them....many times...)
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2:11AM on 01/30/2013
Can you blame him??? If I was a successful actor in Hollywood, I'd damn well jump on a project if Natalie Portman was involved! Great actress and a beautiful woman.
Can you blame him??? If I was a successful actor in Hollywood, I'd damn well jump on a project if Natalie Portman was involved! Great actress and a beautiful woman.
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10:36PM on 01/28/2013
Well, considering the CG effects and such to an older actor, it must have been wierd to have examples instead of a real person, or his case a sheet of paper. With the new trilogy beeing so heavy in effects and green screen and no one really there, it must be difficult for some actors. I'm sure I will get blasted for this, but I thought Shia Lebouf did an amazing job acting as if he was really talking to and interacting with Transformers both robot and vehicle mode. I still think he is annoying,
Well, considering the CG effects and such to an older actor, it must have been wierd to have examples instead of a real person, or his case a sheet of paper. With the new trilogy beeing so heavy in effects and green screen and no one really there, it must be difficult for some actors. I'm sure I will get blasted for this, but I thought Shia Lebouf did an amazing job acting as if he was really talking to and interacting with Transformers both robot and vehicle mode. I still think he is annoying, but I think he conveyed a a great amount of realism when it came time to prefend cars or CGI robots were his friends. Same with LOTR, but with Golum you have a real person there (andy sekris) so they still have something to go with.
Some actors don't have that imagination and do the best they can. It sounds like Stamp just doesn't like green screen empty acting. I don't blame him for being disappointed . Take the pic at the top in the senate room. For all we know, Stamp and the two others may be the only actors on stage that day.
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10:28PM on 01/28/2013
Jesus, just to show the regard in which I hold the prequels... I forgot Terence Stamp was even in Episode I.
Jesus, just to show the regard in which I hold the prequels... I forgot Terence Stamp was even in Episode I.
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10:23PM on 01/28/2013
I'd be pissed too if I missed my chance to meet Natalie Portman.
I'd be pissed too if I missed my chance to meet Natalie Portman.
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10:18PM on 01/28/2013
I may be wrong in this, but didn't Ewan McGregor say something along those lines as well? Nothing as harsh as Stamp's comments, but I thought I remembered he said he didn't love working on the movies or something.
I may be wrong in this, but didn't Ewan McGregor say something along those lines as well? Nothing as harsh as Stamp's comments, but I thought I remembered he said he didn't love working on the movies or something.
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7:16AM on 01/29/2013
Even Harrison Ford wasn't impressed how Lucas directed him in Star Wars
Even Harrison Ford wasn't impressed how Lucas directed him in Star Wars
10:41AM on 01/29/2013
Yeah there are interviews with Ford talking about working on A New Hope that even on set a lot people would comment that Lucas wasn't that great of a director. I wish I remember where I heard them. It might be in a documentary or TV special looking aback at Star Wars back when they re-released the original trilogy in the 90's.
Yeah there are interviews with Ford talking about working on A New Hope that even on set a lot people would comment that Lucas wasn't that great of a director. I wish I remember where I heard them. It might be in a documentary or TV special looking aback at Star Wars back when they re-released the original trilogy in the 90's.
9:38PM on 01/28/2013
Lucas to Stamp..."Kneel to Lucas!"
Lucas to Stamp..."Kneel to Lucas!"
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10:20PM on 01/29/2013
-40 Impressive. Most impressive.
-40 Impressive. Most impressive.
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