Let's go real world for a bit. Vote for who you think is the greatest actor to ever grace the galaxy far-far away, and say why. Take into account whatever you want. What they brought to the screen in just the Star Wars films, their entire body of work, how easy they were to work with, etc.
The below list is who I think deserves a spot, but add someone who you think should be included. Honorable Mentions that I'd like to list but can't because there's only 10 spots available: Alec Guiness (Old Ben), Liam Neeson (Qui-Gon), Samuel "Has-Been-In-Every-Movie-Known-To-Man" Jackson (You know who he played), Matt Lanter (Clone Wars Anakin), Ashley Eckstein (Clone Wars/Rebels Ahsoka Tano).
Side note: Natalie Portman probably deserves to be on the list. And maybe (I said maybe) Hayden Christiansen (seems weird leaving him off as Anakin is my favorite character of all Star Wars). But, GL did not do them any favors as their director. Under a different director it would be a different story. But we have to take the Star Wars that is, not what we wish it would be.
Second choice is a tie between Ian McDiarmid and Ewan McGreggor.
Edit: added spolier warning haha.
Not only that, but he also did a fantastic job with Hermit Luke. He didn't agree with how the character was written but even so he did his best and nailed the role. A toast to Mark Hamill!
Dude ... (s)Thanks for the spoiler tags.(/s) At least learn how to do it right, it isn't hard.
I think top spot goes to Ewan, for his accent and how he had to study Alec to be a believable "younger version". I thought he acted well and was believable in his role. Not to mention his lightsaber choreography.
Ian I like because he such a great villain - he is so dramatic and theatrical and carries such a presence with his character and every scene he is in.
Notably the OT 3 - Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher and Harrison Ford were fantastic and really sold the original trilogy. Without them at the helm of the first star wars content ever - the franchise would never have taken off as well as it did.
Adam Driver was probably the best new actor for the ST, but even his acting is pretty monotone and blah, in my opinion. I think he did a terrific job with what he had to work with and is probably the best thing about the ST.
Other actors I connect with through other works who I love as actors and love the fact they were part of this franchise are Harrison Ford (deserving a 2nd mention), Liam Neeson and Christopher Lee.
Gah! Too true! Powerful yet elegant. Menacing yet gracious. All at the same time. Sarudooku!
Or Sarudookula (he was know for his dracula portrayals long before the others, if you didn't know)
Definitely no, but I still love it. Haven't seen Willow since I was a kid, but I think I have to now.
Alan Tudyk, AndySerkis, Peter Cushing for examples. How does one make a list on SW actors and not mention Alec Guiness?
All I know is that a lot of talent has worked in the franchise and it is really hard to pick just one.
Alec guiness was mentioned. Literally first under honorable mentions lol
Its on Disney+ and apparently a series is now in the works.
How dare I not read. I can't believe I missed it.
Either that or Tim Rose for his portrayal of Salicious Crumb (who really needs to be in this game 😁)
Crumb could be a summoned character by Jabba.
Basic: Chew your eye out.
Yeah, have to agree that Hayden did a good job. One cannot simply out act the script. If you have a garbage script to work with, you're not going to perform better.
Don't forgot to pile on horrific direction.
Yeah, then there is the directing... Whenever I hear people complain about the character of Anakin, I can't help but think of Jake Lloyd. Kid got verbally abused by adults. It's kinda wrong to blame only the actor for a bad performance.
I think the pivotal scene where Hayden really owned the role was his confession to Padme about the Tuskens - with the underlying music score, it was quite the sad yet chilling scene to watch.
While this is true, I'll never forget the TPM doc where they show the screen tests for three kids and they picked the worst one.
Hayden should have played Anakin from the get go. It looks weird that Portman was always the same, yet Anakin changes so much. It felt and looked weird this "love" between them in TPM, creepy really.
But sadly Lucas wanted to him to be a child that children in the audience could relate to - reel in the next gen of star wars fans and sell as many toys as possible.
Sadly TPM was full of politics, so outside of Qui-Gon, Obi Wan and Darth Maul - there was very little toys for kids to get excited about and the entire TPM toy line underperformed - so whenever the Star Wars franchise starts to fail, they fall back on the safety net of the OT. Hasbro, having taken over from Kenner, went back to the drawing board, released a whole line of OT toys and made a killing.