Terence Stamp Looks Back On His "Boring" STAR WARS Experience; Criticises George Lucas

Terence Stamp Looks Back On His "Boring" STAR WARS Experience; Criticises George Lucas

Well, here's one actor who most certainly WON'T be campaigning for a return in Star Wars: Episode VII! Thanks to director George Lucas, Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace turned out to be a hellish experience for the Superman actor. Read on for details!

"We didn't get on at all," Terence Stamp told Empire Magazine in a recent interview when asked about his time working with George Lucas on Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace (in which he played Chancellor Valorum). "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." Ouch. So, Stamp didn't think much of Lucas as a director and as an actor that's an opinion he's more than entitled to. Surely he wasn't all that bad to deal with though was he? Well... "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." So, regardless of Lucas' involvement - or lack thereof - with Episode VII, don't hold your breath for a return of the actor as the Chancellor!

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Filed Under "Star Wars" 1/28/2013 Source: Empire Magazine
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DaenerysTargaryen - 1/28/2013, 5:38 PM
Totally forgot he was in Star Wars. O.o
thorhulk77 - 1/28/2013, 5:39 PM
Lol he dissed Lucas.
DrDoom - 1/28/2013, 5:39 PM

Now that Lucas isn't in control, I imagine we'll be hearing more of these types of sentiments from prequel actors.
Jollem - 1/28/2013, 5:41 PM
i think it's safe to "oh snap" mr. lucas now. i don't think he has the ability to have people legally executed anymore...
FightAs0ne - 1/28/2013, 5:42 PM
Hahaha I see a bit of truth in what he says.
GodzillaKart - 1/28/2013, 5:42 PM
HaHa! Awesome! Lucas is such a hack and Stamp called him out. I love it!
Ha1frican - 1/28/2013, 5:47 PM
Doesnt he die in episode 2 anyway?
mykanmur - 1/28/2013, 5:47 PM
Stamp is a brilliant actor. He was General Zod for Pete's sake. What he has to say seems to be consistent with other tidbits that have come out over the years - and it SHOWS in the work - the Prequel films are visually stunning, but the acting and story are clumsy and clunky at best. You had some pretty awesome actors in it, I wouldn't consider Ian McDiarmid lower standard...BUT they didn't shine, the special affects were blatantly a priority.

Kudos to Lucas for advancing audio and visual quality, and special effects...but he is no story/acting director.
Durf - 1/28/2013, 5:48 PM
lol, I love this guy!
MoonNight - 1/28/2013, 5:49 PM
BlueDemon - 1/28/2013, 5:51 PM
LMFAO!!!! How can you have Terence Stamp in your movie and not utilize him to his fullest...you dropped the ball Lucas
BackwardGalaxy - 1/28/2013, 5:55 PM
Nothing he said was wrong. Harrison Ford said the same thing about Lucas and those two are friends.
Folchibas - 1/28/2013, 6:00 PM
Lucas is a horrible director. Period.
PapaEmeritus - 1/28/2013, 6:01 PM
DioFoRio - 1/28/2013, 6:02 PM
terrance stamp was in a star wars? Wtf?
BrotherStarkofMABMindz - 1/28/2013, 6:03 PM
Commence the kneeling before Zod
Jimdlux - 1/28/2013, 6:04 PM
I wouldn't call Ford and Lucas friends...I always felt Ford was more friends with Spielberg...
TheDudeRises - 1/28/2013, 6:05 PM
Just anothèr reason for using less green screen and more practical effects in the new trilogy. You heard that, JJ?
Super12 - 1/28/2013, 6:09 PM
I just want to see an official apology from Lucasfilm or any collective of the staff or cast for sitting on their hands and allowing George Lucas' monster to devour itself like it did. I want to see more people come out and apologize for the prequels and say "We're sorry. We didn't act when we should have. We let all the power go to George's enormous head and watched as he destroyed the thing that brought him fame. Let us now regroup and rebuild. Star Wars can once again be awesome"
HavocPrime - 1/28/2013, 6:10 PM
Lucas has always been a bad director, when he was doing the first Star Wars he regularly said to the actors on takes "Faster, and more intense", how you can work with that I do not know.

Stamp is awesome and we should be thankful that he doesn't go all Zod on us.

CapFan79 - 1/28/2013, 6:12 PM
Old news! Heard this in 2000. Lucas' problem was the technology allowed him to ignore what was most important. We saw a classic in Star Wars (Ep 4) because of characters and all he ever saw and apparently still sees was patchwork glue & taped models, rather than brilliant FX. It's too bad. I hope JJ gives us something with heart.
Durf - 1/28/2013, 6:13 PM
@Dio: yeah he played Vallorum. The Chancellor before Palpatine
PistonSmash - 1/28/2013, 6:19 PM
I had no idea he was even in the movie. Memorable performance.
Jerec350 - 1/28/2013, 6:24 PM
I have loved STAR WARS since it first came out when I was 3 years old. STAR WARS is and always will be my number 1 interest outside of the wife and kids but with that being said Terrance Stamp is absolutely correct. Lucas may have initially given us the GFFA but he subsequently damaged it like a parent abuses their child. Instead of instilling values and integrity in it he simply put pretty clothes on it and assumed it would be successful on appearance alone.
fedup - 1/28/2013, 6:31 PM
Am I the only one who's getting a little tired of the "This person who was in this movie had a negative experience making it!" articles? It just seems like non-news to me.
sexfoodcomics - 1/28/2013, 6:34 PM
Hahah thats a hilarious article. Thank god George sold.
xXkryptoniteXx - 1/28/2013, 6:34 PM
I like this actor and his voice is very unique that I was hopping he doesn't some voice acting on some epic animation movie.
Shadow137 - 1/28/2013, 6:43 PM
truer words were ever spoken. you tell him terrance stamp!
DravinClaw - 1/28/2013, 6:48 PM
Supes17 - 1/28/2013, 7:08 PM
Supes17 - 1/28/2013, 7:10 PM
angus666 - 1/28/2013, 7:19 PM
I always thought Lucas was kind of a stiff.
LAXtremest - 1/28/2013, 7:27 PM
Wasn't Portman a teenager in the Professional? Creepy...
RexMason - 1/28/2013, 7:33 PM
He lied? Why the anger then?
BANEofExistence - 1/28/2013, 7:35 PM
How many learned stamp was in SW due to this article. :P
IIIAdamantiumIII - 1/28/2013, 7:39 PM
LOVE this guy!!!
subzero1077 - 1/28/2013, 7:49 PM
@Nomis - That quote only applies to Jar Jar and trolls. Terence Stamp is no troll!
StephenStrange - 1/28/2013, 8:11 PM
Terence Stamp rules.

These comments are one example of why.
Ceejay - 1/28/2013, 8:14 PM
George Lucas being a terrible director was news back in 1983 when he took over most of the directors duties on Return of the Jedi from Richard Marquand.

George Lucas being a terrible director was confirmed back in 1996 when he defaced the original movies with his digital lipstick, eye-shadow and foundation for the special editions.

George Lucas being a terrible director was emphasized when he made those horrendously bad prequel movies back in 1999.

This Terrence Stamp story is old, he's spoken about this experience loads of times at the release of the Phantom Menace and his one reason for doing the movie being to meet Natalie for her Audrey Hepburn qualities. He aint lying but seriously, it's hardly news any more!
DEATHbyEXILE - 1/28/2013, 8:22 PM
Worst thing about Episode I:

Best thing about Episode I:

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