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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love this guy.. so so true..

An actor that echoes so many members of the Publics view. Thanks TS :D

Ahh that ol' carrot on a stick. The mrs is always getting me to go shopping by saying 'I'll introduce you to Natalie Portman'. Although I do find it odd that Ms Portman would be doing her shopping in Bolton.

How could she be, when my missus insists she'll be in our local Tesco down in Cornwall?

He is Zod! Kneel before him!

If General Zod says it was boring, then it was boring.

Yeah, this was quite rumoured as to why he didn't appear in Clones for even a cameo. Just did it and didn't want anything more to do with it, I think Hugh Quarshie (Panaka) had pretty much the same view of things.

Refreshing to hear honesty from actors. Leave it to the British to tell them how it really is without feeling the need to kiss ass all the time like most of Hollywood.

He nails it on the head, "It was just boring".

You can really tell how boring it was watching the films. There is NO emotion in any of the characters. I assume because they constantly surrounded by crap looking sets and green/blue screens all day and talking to people holding sticks where things are going to be put in later in CGI.

All 3 films completely lacked any emotion.

Now if we look at the recent Star Trek reboot, it is filled with emotion and sadness and humor.

These leads me to believe the Episode VII will be very good indeed! Here's to hoping...

" 'Star Wars: The Phantom Menace' was boring. The only thing I looked forward to was Natalie Portman, and turns out she phoned it in. I didn't rate George Lucas". Thanks Terence for boiling down what every Star Wars fan has been saying.

She obviously gets about...or our better halves are somewhat cunning.

My main memory from watching the first movie is looking at my watch about 45 minutes into it.

I barely remember Stamp in Phantom Menace. He was one of the senate members right? It is pretty clear that when you consider that so many actors under-performed in episodes 1-3 that Stamp isn't the only one that was frustrated with Lucas even if not all of them admit it. It's the opposite of Peter Jackson who managed to get the best out of his cast in Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit.

Lucas, you have kneeled before Zod!

Hugh Quarshie gave Lucasfilm an ultimatum - More money or no Panaka - Hence his return to daytime soaps whilst Lucasfilm somehow managed without him.

I remember Mr Zod said far more positive things at the time the film was in production and as such opens himself up to allegations of rewriting history. But hey, don't let that stop the bile spilling, everyone please continue ;p

I expect the fee was quite exciting though.

I haven't seen him in anything that was released before Episode I, but from what I have seen of his acting, he doesn't look much different than his acting in Episode I. Like in Wanted. He didn't have much screen time, but his acting was bland and boring. If you don't like the project, don't take it, no matter who you are hoping to meet.

Actors will almost always say one thing while promoting a film and the truth years later after the box office, DVD, and franchise sales aren't on the line anymore. When promoting a film, it's always, "The best (Star Wars, Die Hard, Godfather, Matrix) film yet!"

You ain't seen Superman 2...? Serious?

Nope. Superman has never interested me.

It shits on Episode 1. And Wanted as well

Good for it. Still doesn't interest me.

I don't think George Lucas is a good director. He should have let some one else direct the prequels.
The fact that The Empire Strikes Back is by far the best one in the series is due to Irvin Kershner directing it.
Look at the chemistry between Carrie Fisher and Harrison Ford and compare it to Natzlie Portman and Hayden Christensen.

What about Pricilla: Queen of the Desert or Young Guns?

Give the guy a break. I imagine actors who bad-mouth their films when they're supposed to be promoting it don't get too much work after that. Hollywood is powered by bullshit and we all know it.

Awwww, poor Terence Stamp! Had his heart set on shooting a scene with Natalie Portman, but had to slum it with Keira Knightley.

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