"I wonder how they took this. It is funny --I always thought Portman was great in TPM as the queen, but weaker as Padme. I suppose she has a harder time with that specific role. But, when your director has to hire an acting coach to teach you, it is almost as if he is covertly implying "you suck at acting". However I am glad that he did it. Lucas wants to make a good movie, and he is sparing no expense. Even though I dont always agree with everything the guy does with my favorite film series of all time, I am rooting for him all the way." Lucas should hire a script writing coach instead of acting coaches for his actors. Also, he needs to brush up on his directing skills. I am not trying to bash Lucas, but he should take some notes from PJ or The Wachowski brothers. He needs to realize that 1. this isn't the late 70's early 80's and sci-fi fans expect more these days, and 2. the serial film theme of the 30's and 40's are fun but can only be taken so far. When an actor has a so so script to work with, wooden dialog to read, and a director who may not fully allow them to make the characters their own as actors, you have TPM and ROTS. Sorry that's just how I feel. Ewan and Ian owned in both of them, but everyone else wasn't up to their full potential and I really feel that it was due to the script, dialog and directing.