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Sir Alec Guinness

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He was a handsome old man, white haired. A letter written by actor Alec Guinness to a friend details his experience on the set of George Lucas' first installment in space epic, and he doesn't sound too happy about it. But the failings of the production were chiefly due to the casting of the Frenchwoman Simone Signoret as Lady Macbeth; Guinness's portrayal of Macbeth - eyes blank and right leg jumping with epilepsy - commanded critical admiration. Can't say I'm enjoying the film — new rubbish dialogue reaches me every other day on wages of pink paper — and none of it makes my character clear or even bearable. In 1973 Guinness began a fruitful partnership with Alan Bennett when he played a doctor with sex on the brain in Bennett's cracking farce Habeas Corpus. In the summer Guinness attempted Romeo at the Scottish Theatre Festival in Perth, but the star-crossed lover proved beyond his compass. His complains about Lucas' dialogue are hardly new or unique.

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Alec Guinness Detailed How Much He Hated 'Star Wars' in 1976 Letter

Sir alec guinness

He played a vain, blustering, dense, red-haired, hard-drinking but somehow touchingly vulnerable commander of a Scottish regiment driven to distraction by the coldly correct ways of his disciplinarian successor John Mills. In a very different vein Guinness played Gully Jimson, the dirty, dishonest and abysmally impoverished artist in The Horse's Mouth 1958 , from the novel by Joyce Cary. In 1946 he was a tense Mitya in his own adaptation of The Brothers Karamazov, and put in one of his greatest performances as a sad Fool in King Lear. . After Marcus Aurelius in The Fall of the Roman Empire 1964 , Guinness found himself married to Peggy Mount and dallying with Gina Lollobrigida in Hotel Paradiso 1966 , after Georges Feydeau.

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Sir alec guinness

Two other Ealing comedies, A Run For Your Money 1949 and Barnacle Bill 1957 achieved less reclame. Merula followed the next year. Meanwhile, Guinness himself continued to seek God, and was confirmed in 1956. Guinness's performance as the Brahmin Professor Godbole in David Lean's version A Passage to India 1984 was the only occasion on which he received almost universally bad notices. Merula passed away two months later. She is the author of: , , , , , , and. Abused by a brutal stepfather, as an adolescent Guinness discovered the solace of the theatre.

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Alec Guinness sick monologue

Sir alec guinness

On location in France, he was walking down the street one evening, still clad in his stage vestments, when a local child mistook him for a real priest, trustingly took Guinness' hand, and began accompanying him down the street. But by now his funds had run out. Back home again, he was Michael Ransom in W H Auden's and Christopher Isherwood's The Ascent of F 6. He was superb as the urbane Prince Faisal in David Lean's Lawrence of Arabia 1962 ; the same director's Dr Zhivago 1965 , however, afforded Guinness only the unrewarding part of Zhivago's half-brother, the Red Army general. He made a bargain with God: if Matthew were healed, he wouldn't object should the boy ever express a desire to convert to Catholicism. He had another success as Jonathan Swift in Yahoo 1976 , an entertainment he himself had helped to devise, though some critics felt his bland ironical delivery did not quite match Swift's savage indignation.

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The ten best Alec Guinness movies

Sir alec guinness

By that time Guinness's disdain for the cinema seemed to have extended to the theatre as well. As the warrior-sage Obi-Wan Kenobi In Star Wars 1977 , and its sequels The Empire Strikes Back 1980 and The Return of the Jedi 1983 , he managed to impart a mystic authority to this comic book science fiction. In 1951, at the New Theatre, Guinness again played Hamlet, this time under his own direction. Guinness became a Roman Catholic in 1956. The high view of his art also appeared in his attitude to audiences.

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Sir Alec Guinness

Sir alec guinness

Yet Guinness always saw himself primarily as a man of the theatre. The name on the birth certificate was Alec Guinness de Cuffe; his mother was entered as Miss Agnes Cuffe; his father remained a blank. Guinness's career in the cinema had begun with two Dickens films. So the impression grew that in the classical theatre Guinness was perfectly suited to be an an attendant lord - even, at times, the Fool - but that he was too lightweight to carry the great roles. The name he rather liked; the stepfather he detested. I don't want to see you again. In Malta Story 1953 he cleverly suggested the oddity of an archaeologist whose expertise in aerial photography is set at the service of the war effort.

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