Do not mistake yourself. I love Star Wars. I’m totally crazy about Star Wars and I’ll be ready to fight on an octagon with a Rankor to save the honor of this saga. But you have to recognize that Star Wars doesn’t always play very well and it doesn’t necessarily improve over time, in terms of play. That’s why it seemed wise to me to make a ranking of the worst actors in the saga for collector reissues of the 2050s when we can just change an actor and dialogues and thus make a film good.
1. Hayden Christensen (Anakin Skywalker)
Of course, it must be recognized that the dialogues did not highlight him, the Hayden, but still. His game, made up of intense looks and ready-made phrases with flirtatious smiles, makes you want to hang yourself. And his monologues where he shakes his head are particularly disastrous.
The epitome of disaster : The scene of Revenge of the Sith where he and Padmé discuss who is more in love with each other. A cata-cata.
2. Natalie Portman (Padme Amidala)
Natalie Portman is not spared from the dialogues to the con either. But because we know she’s not a (so) bad actress, we give her the benefit of the doubt on that one. On the other hand, as soon as she runs or gets into action, she looks like a child playing Star Wars. And that is unforgivable.
The epitome of disaster : The scene where she gets up from a fall in the dunes at the end of Attack of the Clones.
3. Domhnall Gleeson (General Hux)
Apparently Hux is supposed to be a comic character. The thing is, Hux kind of feels like a comedic character to me the moment Abrams and Johnson realized they couldn’t get anything dramatic out of him. A permanent overplay from Gleeson that borders on Mr. Bean.
The epitome of disaster : The scene where he betrays in The Rise of Skywalker. “I am the spy” or how to look totally stupid.
4. Mark Hamill (Luke Skywalker)
Honestly, and it’s not out of misplaced nostalgia, but Luke isn’t catastrophic in the original trilogy, especially after his accident which gives him a slightly greater dramatic depth in V and VI. It’s not always brilliant, but it’s not catastrophic. On the other hand, in the new trilogy, we still feel that Mark Hamill has come to hide and does fan service galore without believing it for a single second.
The epitome of disaster : His ghostly reappearance in the IX. “What are you doing? Laughter.
5. Adam Driver (Kylo Ren)
An impossible role for a very good actor. Playing the tortured teenager at thirty years old well packed while inspiring fear, it is of the order of “even Brando could not do it”. But the fact is that Adamichou tried it as he could for a rather catastrophic result. Or how to be much more charismatic with a mask than without.
The epitome of disaster : The scene where he destroys his helmet in The Last Jedi. Intense gaze, blow forward, recovery in the hands like a teenage drama. Cacastrophic.
6. Samuel L. Jackson (Mace Windu)
The only Jedi we imagine with a Kangol cap tries somehow to do the job of the cool guy with a purple lightsaber, but after a while when the only dramatic object of a role is to doubt Anakin’s integrity, it can’t work. Sideways glances and air of concern for 6 hours is too much.
The epitome of disaster : His entrance with Palpatine in Revenge of the Sith. Nothing is right.
7. Ian McDarmid (Palpatine)
What a pain to have to criticize Ian McDarmid, but the fact is that he plays ambiguity well for a film and a half (The 1 and the 2) to ultimately lose all form of credibility once his true membership in the dark side is revealed. . Long silences, words dropped like one drops vicious butts, deep caricatural voice… We are far from his performance in Return of the Jedi where he had invented something with his performance as emperor. His appearance in the IX is so uninteresting that I don’t even know what to say about it.
The epitome of disaster : The scene where he declares himself emperor way I am Hitler with less mustache and more skin problems.
8. Daniel Logan (Bobba Fett)
In the genre “it’s not easy to find a kid who plays well”, Bobba Fett is placed quite high. Arms dangling, a little useless next to his father Jango, he is not ridiculous but we feel that something is wrong. In any case, he managed as a child to deprive the fan-favorite character of the first trilogy of any charisma. Shame.
The epitome of disaster : The scene in Slave I when he encourages his father to shoot Obi-Wan. “We gooot him! »
9. Caroline Blakiston (Mon Mothma)
When you only have one scene in a whole saga, the best thing is not to miss it. Mon Mothma, simply uttering the phrase, “Many Bothans died to provide us with this information,” makes me laugh just thinking about it.
10. Oscar Isaac (Poe Dameron)
“Hey, say, Oscar, I suggest something to you: basically, you’re going to play a less charismatic kind of Han Solo, do you like it?” It won’t be very well written, but on the other hand I really insist that you play around as much as possible to get the message across: you’re the funny cynical guy in the band. That works ? »
The epitome of disaster : All the scenes where he is angry/surprised with the hoarse voice.