Alec Guinness stemde ermee in om pas in Star Wars (Obi-Wan Kenobi) te spelen nadat zijn initiële salaris was verdubbeld, en dat hij 2.25% van alle bruto royalty's zou ontvangen die aan George Lucas werden betaald, en nooit in de publiciteit hoefde te treden.

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…
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