Despite appearing in the sequels "The Empire Strikes Back" and "Return of the Jedi," Guinness grew less enamored with the "Star Wars" series as time went on. In his memoir, "A Positively Final Appearance," Guinness reflected on the saga at
the time of the 1997 release of the Special Editions:
I have no intention of revisiting any galaxy. I shrivel inside each time
it's mentioned. Twenty years ago when the film was first shown, it had a
freshness, also a sense of moral good and fun. Then I began to be uneasy at the
influence it might be having. The bad penny first dropped in San Francisco when
a sweet-faced boy of 12 told me proudly that he had seen 'Star Wars' over a
hundred times. His elegant mother nodded with approval.
Looking into the boy's eyes I thought I detected little star-shells of
madness beginning to form, and I guessed that one day they would explode.
"I'd love you to do something for me," I said.
"Oh, anything! Anything!" the boy said rapturously.
"You won't like what I'll ask you to do."
"Anything, sir, anything."
"Well, do you think you can promise never to see 'Star Wars'