Alec Guinness erklärte sich bereit, erst in Star Wars (Obi-Wan Kenobi) zu sein, nachdem sein anfängliches Gehalt verdoppelt worden war, und dass er 2.25% aller an George Lucas gezahlten Brutto-Lizenzgebühren erhalten würde und niemals in der Öffentlichkeit auftreten müsste.

Alec Guinness

Guinness’s role as Obi-Wan Kenobi in the original star Wars trilogy, beginning in 1977, brought him worldwide recognition to a new generation, as well as Academy Award and Golden Globe nominations. In letters to his friends, Guinness described the film as “fairy tale rubbish” but the film’s sense of moral good – and the studio’s doubling of his initial salary offer – appealed to him and he agreed to take the part of Kenobi on the condition that he would not have to do any publicity to promote the film. He negotiated a deal for 2.25% of the gross royalties paid to the director, George Lucas, who received one-fifth of the box office takings. This made him very wealthy in his later life. Upon his first viewing of the film, Guinness wrote in his diary, “It’s a pretty staggering…