Everybody hates George Lucas, right? Even the actors who work with him.
Alright, that’s a little harsh, isn’t it? But it’s safe to say that Lucas’ directing style has a greater emphasis on effects and world-building than creating compelling characters and eliciting interesting performances from his actors. At least that’s how Terrence Stamp sees the issue. The actor, perhaps most famous to nerds for his role as General Zod in Superman II, appeared in Star Wars Episode I The Phantom Menace as Chancellor Valorem, but it’s the experience of working with Lucas, rather than the work itself, that’s stayed with Stamp.
Here’s what Stamp had to say in a recent 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.”
And boring is a word that should never be associated with a Star Wars movie.