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Stars Who Regret Their Movie & TV Roles

Alec Guinness, Star Wars

The actor nearly skipped on the role of Obi-Wan Kenobi entirely, and dismissed the franchise in a letter to his friend Anne Kaufman as “fairy-tale rubbish.” Via Alec Guinness: The Official Biography: “I have been offered a movie (20th Cent. Fox) which I may accept, if they come up with proper money. London and N. Africa, starting in mid-March. Science fiction – which gives me pause – but is to be directed by Paul [sic] Lucas who did American Graffiti, which makes me feel I should. Big part. Fairy-tale rubbish but could be interesting perhaps,” he wrote upon accepting the role.

“New rubbish dialogue reaches me every other day on wadges of pink paper – and none of it makes my character clear or even bearable. I just think, thankfully, of the lovely bread, which will help me keep going until next April even if Yahoo collapses in a week … I must off to studio and work with a dwarf (very sweet – and he has to wash in a bidet) and your fellow countrymen Mark Hamill and Tennyson (that can’t be right) Ford. Ellison (? – No!) – well, a rangy, languid young man who is probably intelligent and amusing. But Oh, God, God, they make me feel ninety – and treat me as if I was 106. – Oh, Harrison Ford – ever heard of him?”

Molly Ringwald

Molly Ringwald, The Breakfast Club

Molly has a more conflicted relationship with the hit film, upon reviewing it at the time of #MeToo in 2018 for Vulture.

“How are we meant to feel about art that we both love and oppose? What if we are in the unusual position of having helped create it? Erasing history is a dangerous road when it comes to art—change is essential, but so, too, is remembering the past, in all of its transgression and barbarism, so that we may properly gauge how far we have come, and also how far we still need to go,” she wrote.

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