Terence Stamp on Star Wars: The Phantom Menace

News Simon Brew
29 Jan 2013 - 06:29

Terence Stamp didn't get on with George Lucas, and found working on Star Wars: The Phantom Menace "boring"...

The new issue of Empire magazine is just about to go on sale in the UK, and amongst its treasures this month is an interview with Terence Stamp.

In it, Stamp looks back on his time working on Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace, and it seems fair to say that it wasn't one of his life highlights. Ahem.

Of his relationship, for instance, with George Lucas, he says that "We didn't get on at all", going on to say "I didn't rate him that much as a director really. I didn't feel he was a director of actors, he was more interested in stuff and effects". He continued, adding "He didn't interest me and I wouldn't think I interested him".

He told Empire that he'd come from Australia to do the movie, with some persuasion from his agent, and that one of the things that swung it for him was the chance to meet Natalie Portman. Sadly for Stamp, on the day he was due to film with her, he asked George Lucas where she was, and he replied "'That's Natalie', and points to a bit of paper on the wall. It was just boring".

The full piece can be found in the new issue of Empire. Don't go expecting Stamp in JJ Abrams' Star Wars: Episode VII...


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