Alec Guinness

Alec Guinness
by Piers Paul Read

One can almost feel charitable toward George Lucas-perhaps even forgive him for the sheer tedium of the most recent installment of the Star Wars saga, Revenge of the Sith-when one recalls his outreach to Alec Guinness. Back in 1975, when the Star Wars epic was little more than a gleam in Lucas’s eye, the director offered the role of Jedi master Obi-Wan Kenobi to Guinness, a sixty-one-year-old stage and film veteran who had occasionally...

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Celia Wren is Commonweal’s media and stage critic.