Star Wars Ep. I actor explains why he and Lucas 'didn't get on at all'

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Jan 29, 2013, 1:08 PM EST (Updated)

It seems like you can’t throw a rock these days without hitting a former actor champing at the bit to return to a galaxy far, far away in Star Wars: Episode VII. But Terence Stamp is definitely not one of them.

Stamp (Wanted, The Adjustment Bureau), who played Chancellor Valorum in Star Wars: Episode I, told Empire Magazine he had a pretty terrible time working with George Lucas on the first installment of the prequel trilogy. As we all know, the tale of young Anakin was an FX extravaganza, and Stamp says the bells and whistles stole the focus from the actual people on screen.

Here’s an excerpt from his interview:

"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."

With J.J. Abrams officially signed on to bring Star Wars back to life, it’ll be interesting to see how the new sequels stack up in comparison. They’ll be loaded with FX, sure, but Abrams does have a knack for fleshing out good characters. Here’s hoping.

What did you think of Lucas’ prequel series? Does Stamp have a point?

(Via Comic Book Movie)

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