It took a while, but finally, the media has found someone who not only likes the prequel Star Wars films George Lucas did in the early 2000s – but also someone willing to defend them.
That someone is Riz Ahmed, the actor who just earned a Golden Globe nomination for his HBO series The Night Of.
But before you get too excited about finally finding a fan of the irritating Anakin Skywalker, there’s one other thing you should know: Ahmed also is in the new Star Wars film Rogue One, which opens Friday. He plays a pilot, Bodhi Rook, so take his opinion as you will.
In any event, Ahmed told Collider‘s Matt Singer that the film series starting with Stars Wars: The Phantom Menace sometimes get a bad rap, and maybe fans should take another look sometime.
“If all Star Wars movies were the same, it’d be boring.”
“I did not have a massive problem with the prequels at all. There were some elements that stood out. Jar Jar Binks, I didn’t enjoy him as a character. But people had a problem with them because they weren’t broad and tough and cheek. I enjoy that. I enjoy the fact that it was about grown-up politics and the dissolution of the League of Nations and world war, and the rise of fascism.
“I really enjoyed that, and I really enjoyed Clone Wars. I really don’t see what the big problem is, to be quite honest.”
Ahmed says that when fans watch Rogue One, he hopes they will be able to look back and say that the anthology film that serves as a prequel of sorts to Star Wars: A New Hope will have broken the mold. One thing fans should see right away is that it’s different from just about everything that comes before it, he added.
“It has an edge to it, certainly. A grittiness to it that makes it resemble a war movie in quite a rough and ready way.”
You’ll have a chance to judge that for yourself, however. Rogue One is now in theaters everywhere.
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