Many take into account George Lucas’ Star Wars prequel trilogy as a darkish time within the franchise’s lengthy historical past, with every part from Jar Jar Binks to the digitally-created backdrops to the performances by Jake Lloyd and Hayden Christensen coming underneath intense scrutiny by followers. Now that the sci-fi collection is extra well-liked than ever, because of the large success of Star Wars: The Drive Awakens and Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, one of many saga’s greatest icons, Mark Hamill, is defending the prequels and its as soon as younger star Jake Lloyd. The actor additionally revealed in a latest interview that he was scared to return as Luke Skywalker, saying that he nearly appeared within the 2010 anti-Star Wars documentary The Individuals Vs. George Lucas.
Defending the Star Wars prequels appears to be en vogue as of late, with Star Wars eight director Rian Johnson defending the trilogy on Twitter in December, stating that every one three films mix right into a “7 hour lengthy youngsters film about how worry of loss turns good folks into fascists.” Vulture caught up with Mark Hamill whereas he was selling his new movie Brigsby Bear on the Sundance Movie Competition, the place he spoke about out about followers and their remedy of the prequel trilogy.
“I could not consider among the issues they wrote in regards to the prequels, you already know. I imply actually, past I did not prefer it you ruined my childhood. I am nonetheless offended about the way in which they handled Jake Lloyd. He was solely ten years previous, that boy, and he did precisely what George wished him to do. Consider me, I perceive clunky dialogue.”
Whereas George Lucas is broadly praised for this galaxy far, distant that he created, he’s typically criticized for his dialogue. The actor went on so as to add that he does have his “points” with George Lucas, however that they’re nonetheless good pals. He additionally provides that he nearly participated within the 2010 documentary The Individuals vs. George Lucas till he realized what the movie was actually about.
“I nearly received hornswoggled into showing in that documentary. They weren’t calling it The Individuals Vs. George Lucas on the time, however I may inform from the questions they had been asking that it was an open invitation to trash George. I’ve points with George, however I really like that man. I do not speak outdoors the household. It is simply brutal. One of many causes I’d by no means let my youngsters be in present enterprise. Wait ‘until you are 18, as a result of it’ll be an countless lifetime of rejection, ridicule and unemployment.”
Throughout his wide-ranging dialog at Sundance, Mark Hamill additionally spoke about how he wasn’t positive he wished to return again as Luke Skywalker in Star Wars: The Drive Awakens. Naturally, he did find yourself returning, alongside unique trilogy stars Harrison Ford and Carrie Fisher, however he thought there was no method Harrison Ford would comply with return as Han Solo. This is what he needed to say.
“Let’s go away nicely sufficient alone. There is a starting, a center and an finish. The one factor we will do is come again and disappoint folks. I believed, in the event that they do one other trilogy, it will not have us in it. It will likely be all new characters, so I used to be actually frightened about it. I knew I could not resist the problem, however I mentioned, This is the factor. If it is not in solidarity with Harrison and Carrie, that is my escape route. I mentioned he’ll by no means do it. He is too wealthy and too cranky, he’ll by no means do it. He will get cranky about Star Wars as a result of he has such a various resume, however as soon as he mentioned within the press that he was doing it, I believed, ‘Effectively, I simply received drafted.’ As a result of if I mentioned no to this, these persons are going to be outdoors my home just like the offended villagers in Frankenstein, with lightsabers as a substitute of torches. I will be probably the most hated man in fandom. I used to be shocked that I used to be solely within the final minute or so, but it surely was the very best of each worlds as a result of I may actually type of take pleasure in it. I used to be sorry that I did not get to reunite with any of the unique characters, however I may take pleasure in all of it with out having the accountability on my shoulders. So if it was horrible and everyone hated it, I may say, ‘See, it is not my fault.”
Barring some type of unpredictable surge in recognition, the Star Wars prequel will probably be seen because the black eye of this franchise for a few years to return, though it hardly issues within the grand scheme of issues. This 12 months, followers shall be handled to Star Wars eight, with a Han Solo spin-off coming in 2018 and Star Wars 9 in 2019, together with one other spin-off in 2020, rumored to middle on Boba Fett. Check out these new movies with Mark Hamill at Sundance, the place he talks in regards to the Star Wars prequels and extra.