View Full Version : Best Acting Performance in a Star Wars Movie?

02-04-2003, 10:03 AM
Star Wars has never been known for it's master thespians. That being said, which performance do you feel is the most powerful in any of the films? In my opinion the performance of the Ian McDermid as the Emperor is the most moving. To me he embodies everything that is evil.

Who do you think has the greatest performance in a Star Wars film?

The Overlord Returns
02-04-2003, 10:13 AM
Ugnaught number 3 has me in tears every time I watch ESB...

02-04-2003, 10:34 AM
Well, McDiarmid would be my serious choice, I really like what he's done w/ Palpatine/Sidious in the prequels. I can't think of any other performance in SW that could be described as "powerful".

Except Bail Organa, my "joke" choice. He just seems so darned concerned about everything going on in AOTC, the 2 lines he has really draws me ino the crisis. Seriously, he's like the Captain Panaka of E2, every line he has is negative. He should really practice his rhetoric. :rolleyes:

02-04-2003, 10:47 AM
I realize that there are a bunch of joke choices. From the mouse droid to ugnaught #3, but come on. These are 5 amazing movies with 100's of actors. Dozens of good characters. One of them has to be the best. So who?

Patient Zero
02-04-2003, 10:50 AM
Alec Guiness, I would have to say. Most of the acting in SW is just bad, but I don't blame the actors so much as they tend not to have much to work against with the bluescreens and everything.

02-04-2003, 11:02 AM
Personally...I liked Vader the best. His lines are all cool...except the SE change (alert my star destroyer....zzzz). My favorite scene has got to be the:

"Join me and together we can rule the galaxy as father and son!"

Even though you can't see David Prowse's face...he is still acting under the costume...and that whole scene moves me everytime.

Both Mark Hamill and Sebastian Shaw:
When Luke removes Vader's mask at the end of Jedi...that whole scene is calm, quiet...and very moving as well.

Megs 2
02-04-2003, 11:07 AM
I thought Harrison Ford's Solo wasn't that bad.

02-04-2003, 11:08 AM
Alec Guinness is magnificent, and Ian McDiarmid is also. Those two would be my first choices.

But what about the guy from A New Hope. . .
"We've picked up a new group of signals. . . enemy fighters coming your way."

This guy has one line, and puts his whole heart into it. Looks at the camera with such concern, and evokes such feeling. One of the best acting performances in the whole saga. It moves me (to laughter) everytime I see it.

02-04-2003, 11:15 AM
I think it's a tie between Ian mcDiarmid and Sir Alec Guinness. i think both actors give 110% effor into their roles and are magnificent. They play their characters so believably that I sometimes thing Obi-Wan and Palpatine are real people.


12inch Lando
02-04-2003, 11:16 AM
Ford, McDiarmid and Guiness are easy choices so I'll make a tough one. I like Mark Hamill although he seems to be the universal whipping boy in terms of acting in the original trilogy. His character was a 20 year old punk kid and he played it just so. Hamills performances look oscar worthy comared to the mile high dung that was heaped upon us in eps. I and II.

I must ad that Hamills perfomances as Luke on the NPR brodcasts made me reasess his acting abilities. I may have been influenced by them.

02-04-2003, 03:26 PM
I'll also have to go with Ian Mcdiarmid and Alec Guiness, but my top choice of the two is Ian Mcdiarmid, especially after E2, where he plays his role just perfect

Dr Zoltar
02-04-2003, 03:37 PM
I'd have to agree, Ian and Alec. Too bad Alec hated being Obi-Wan and never would respond to fan mail which stated "I loved you was Obi-Wan." At least that's what the documentary on him said.

02-04-2003, 09:22 PM
Sir Alec Guiness is a fantastic choice and would be my opinion as well if not for one actor...

Carrie Fisher turned what could have been yet another damsel-in-distress space-bimbo role into an incredible, strong character. At no point in ANH do I believe she's not willing to die for her cause yet knows the importance of surviving in hostile territory. She allows Princess Leia to feel yet not to be overwhelmed by those feelings, to be strong and smart and a vital part of the rebel alliance yet still remain a beautiful princess - a figurehead for the cause.

02-05-2003, 12:27 AM
Hayden & Ewan are a tie for best. The argument they had on the Gunship after Padme fell out still gives me goose bumps. Very powerful scene.

Hayden again with the Tusken Raider massacre confession to Padme. You can actually feel his pain.

Leia in ESB when Boba takes off from Bespin with Han in carbonite. Leia looks up at Slave 1 with powerful emotion. Love that one too.

SLJ and Ian, need I say more.

The mastery of CGI that was Yoda. In AOTC when he can sense Anakin's pain was wonderfuly expressed with such emotion & detail. Also right before he says "Well done Commander, bring me a ship" was flawless.

I could go on and on, but all these movies are full of really great moments.

02-05-2003, 12:47 AM
My 6 favorite SW players in alphabetical order:

Hayden Christensen
Harrison Ford
Alec Guinness
Ian McDiarmid
Ewan McGregor
William December Williams

02-05-2003, 07:49 AM
I never knew the "D" in Billy D was for December. Is that right? Very cool. Still, who names thier kid William Williams. I've never understood that :)

02-05-2003, 09:39 AM
A former Philly police chief was Willie Williams, went on to LAPD.

Alec Guiness from ANH
Peter Cushing as Tarkin
Dave Prowse and JE Jones as vader in ESB
Frank Oz
Andy Secomb and animators as Watto

02-05-2003, 06:38 PM
No doubt the voice of JAMES EARL JONES

con you possibly imagine Vader with another voice?

02-10-2003, 12:27 PM
I agree with dr_evazan22...Frank Oz and the animators of Watto. Watto is one of my favorite characters from ep1 & 2.
I also think Carrie Fisher did an excellent job!