While many would consider a chance to star in Star Wars — one of the biggest movie franchises of all time — a great honor and something that most actors would grab with both hands, the truth is that some of those with the biggest roles absolutely hated working in the films. The reasons vary from person to person, with some not enjoying the experience from a creative point of view while others didn’t get along with their co-stars. Whatever the exact reason, it is clear that starring in the franchise is not something that is universally enjoyed.
It seems Ewan McGregor didn’t have a lot of fun filming the Star Wars prequels. Despite growing up loving the franchise and spending a long time trying to emulate his hero Alec Guinness, he felt that the movies he had a role in were poor and he has only seen most of them once at their respective premieres. That hasn’t stopped him from saying that he would like to work with Disney on some Obi-Wan Kenobi spin-off movies though.
Like many other of the actors who had significant roles in the Star Wars prequels, Anakin Skywalker star Hayden Christensen didn’t have the best of relationships with writer and director George Lucas. According to Christensen, he would give very little direction to the actors and not guide them through scenes or talk to them about their characters, leaving them to give out very wooden performances.