Oscar Isaac reads out letter criticising ‘Star Wars’ written by Alec Guinness

Obi-Wan Kenobi actor described the original film's dialogue as 'rubbish'

Star Wars: The Force Awakens‘ Oscar Isaac made a surprise appearance at the Letters Live event in London yesterday (March 13), reading out a letter written by late Obi-Wan Kenobi actor Alec Guinness.

Guinness wrote the letter to his friend Anne Kauffman while he was shooting the original 1977 Star Wars movie. Though Guinness would earn an Oscar nomination for his performance, the letter confirms that he was not a fan of George Lucas’s script.

“New rubbish dialogue reaches me every other day on wadges of pink paper, and none of it makes my character clear or even bearable,” Guinness wrote.

Later in the letter he appeared not to know the name of his co-star Harrison Ford, writing that he was heading to the studio to work with “Mark Hamill and Tennyson (that can’t be right) Ford. Ellison? No! Well a rangy, languid man who is probably intelligent and amusing”.

The Letters Live event, billed as a “live celebration of literary correspondence”, is taking place at London’s Freemasons Hall until tomorrow (March 15). Benedict Cumberbatch, Jude Law and Danny Boyle were among the famous faces who recited letters over the weekend.

Isaac is reprising his role as Poe Dameron in director Rian Johnson’s follow-up to Star Wars: The Force Awakens, which has recently started shooting at Pinewood Studios in Buckinghamshire. The first photo from the set emerged last week.