History has a funny way of distorting facts. Sometimes it’s intentional, and other times it’s not. When you think about Star Wars A New Hope, you think about how it started a saga, kicked off the careers of many people, and made George Lucas a legendary creator. However, the filming process for the film was racked with problems. Filming in the desert was trying for much of the cast and crew, and because of how the film was written, there were dialogue problems. One of the stars of Alec Guiness in particular didn’t like the role of Obi-Wan Kenobi.
Don’t believe us? Well, Reddit posted a found letter of Alec Guiness which cites him talking to a friend about the struggles of filming the movie:
“My dear Anne,
I have returned to London this evening for my stint at the studio for the rest of the week. Can’t say I’m enjoying the film — new rubbish dialogue reaches me every other day on wages of pink paper — and none of it makes my character clear or even bearable. I just think, thankfully, of the lovely bread, which will help me keep going until next April even if ‘Yahoo’ collapses in a week.
I must off to studio and work with a dwarf (very sweet, — and he has to wash in a bidet) and your fellow countrymen Mark Hamill and Tennyson (that can’t be right) Ford — Ellison (? — No!*) — well, a rangy, languid young man who is probably intelligent and amusing. But Oh, God, God, they make me feel ninety — and treat me as if I was 106.”
It just goes to show, just because something is a success, doesn’t mean that it was a smooth ride for everyone.