John Williams Never Watched A Finished Star Wars Film

By December 24, 2016

As one of the most prolific film composers of all time, John Williams has provided some truly iconic music over the years, with his contributions to the Star Wars franchise easily his most recognizable work.

But oddly enough, Williams has never viewed a completed version of any of the films he’s worked on.

Speaking to The Mirror, Williams admitted that once he’s completed his work on a film, he isn’t keen to revisit it.

“I let it go. I have not looked at the Star Wars films and that’s absolutely true. When I’m finished with a film, I’ve been living with it, we’ve been dubbing it, recording to it, and so on. You walk out of the studio and, ‘Ah, it’s finished.’ ​Now I don’t have an impulse to go to the theater and look at it. Maybe some people find that weird.”

In fact, while fans all over the world may love “The Imperial March” or the iconic “Star Wars Main Theme,” Williams himself doesn’t regard them with the same level of appreciation. He admits that his work on the Star Wars franchise is “probably the most popular music that I’ve done,” but as far as he’s concerned, “a lot of them ​are ​not very memorable.”

“People will ask me what’s your favorite score and this and that. I’ve done concertos and symphonies and other things that are some good, some not so good. But I think we’re all the same in this sense that you look at your work or listen to your work, and it’s children. 

“​You have three children. You love them and they’re beautiful, but you wish this could have been better here and ​maybe as parents, we don’t want to reflect that to the children. But the sense is whatever we do, it can always be better.​”

Williams is currently working on music for Steven Spielberg’s The Kidnapping of Edgardo Mortara, and will compose the score for Star Wars: Episode VIII.

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Brent Hankins

Brent Hankins

Contributing Writer at GeekNation
Brent Hankins is a member of the Phoenix Critics Circle and co-host of the Drinks and Discourse podcast. He's also the proud owner of an Italian Greyhound named Sullivan. He's adorable (the dog, not the author).