"I'm amazed fans are now actually complaining about acting star wars." Thank you for bringing this up. I actually believe that the many, many complaints are a testament to how bad some people acted (I am looking in Natalie's direction). So bad in fact, that even fans of Star Wars, who like you say, are not expecting Masterpiece Theatre caliber performances when they attend a Star Wars film, found some people's acting less than adecuate. The point I am making is that even by the low acting standards of a ST film, people like NP were well below it, so much so, that at times their inadecuacies took attention away from what we love: a good Star Wars film. As for the fortunes of some actors from the OT: not many "made it", as you say, but while their acting abilities overall are perhaps not up to snuff, they were more than adecuate in the OT. I am still moved, for instance, when Mark Hamill comes back to Dagobah in ROTJ and has the last conversation with Yoda. He first tries to hide his concern at seeing him so old; then tries to pretend he was not concerned; then tries to comfort Yoda as he faces his demise; then feels a sense of sad realization when he learns that may already be a jedi; then he shows conflict at realizing that the only way to fulfill his destiny is by killing his father, and finally he shows deep sorrow over Yoda's death. All of these emotions in just a few minutes, all totally believable through his expression and his eyes, all moving and sincere IMHO. Yes, he didn't end up working for other great directors, but at least he did what he was supossed to do in the OT well, showing the progressive evolution of a character many people love and elevated to a cultural icon. Just my two cents.