It’s no secret that most people didn’t like the Star Wars prequels. “Over-produced, under-acted garbage written by a talentless egomaniac with an unhealthy fixation on what cool things were like before they were cool” is what the tiny Roger Ebert, perched atop the balcony of my pituitary gland, has to say about them.
Slightly more of a surprise? Even the actors hated them. Or at least Hayden Christensen did, judging by this quote he gave to E!
How those movies are made is very specific, as far as what
our jobs are… George isn’t looking for us to come in and have script
meetings with him and talk about characters.
It wasn’t necessarily anything you could feel good about
creatively, as far as “This is why I became an actor.” It’s not why you
become an actor, to do stuff like [Star Wars].
This guy is very politely and politically saying that George Lucas’
idea of direction is to shove you in front of a green screen and tell
you to recite your lines as if your lips were injected with Novacaine
and your brain was injected with Thorazine. Which is, not so
surprisingly, exactly the performance Christiansen turned in for Episode II and III.