Add C-3PO actor Anthony Daniels to the ever-growing list of Star Wars personalities who seems to be taking issue with Disney’s treatment of the once beloved sci-fi franchise.
This is in addition to the numerous fans who’ve spoken out against Disney’s handling of the franchise since the release of The Last Jedi.
In a recent interview to promote his new memoir, Daniels said that “I do understand why the fans are unhappy… It speaks to a devotion that they care so much that they mind if someone messes with it. I understand people being critical of the films.”
Daniels would go on to describe the role C-3PO plays in the sequels as being akin to a “table decoration.”
I sense a disturbance in the Force…
Anthony Daniels isn’t the first person associated with the classic Star Wars trilogy to express dissatisfaction with how Disney has handled the franchise since purchasing Lucasfilm in 2012.
Daniels said that Mark Hamill (Luke Skywalker) has also had issues with his role in the sequel trilogy. “I know it has been particularly difficult for him (Hamill) lately because the new movies haven’t given him much to do,” Daniels explains. “I certainly recognise that and can relate to it.”
Hamill has expressed some dismay over the portrayal of Luke Skywalker in The Last Jedi.
Not long after the film was released, Hamill said that director Rian Johnson’s take on Luke Skywalker was very different from how Hamill always saw the heroic Jedi.
“I said to Rian, ‘Jedis don’t give up.’ I mean, even if [Luke] had a problem, he would maybe take a year to try and regroup, but if he made a mistake, he would try to right that wrong, so right there, we had a fundamental difference,” Hamill shared of his reaction to reading the script. “But it’s not my story anymore, it’s somebody else’s story and Rian needed me to be a certain way to make the ending effective. That’s the crux of my problem. Luke would never say that. I’m sorry.”
In fact, Luke Skywalker was so very different from George Lucas’ version of the character, that Hamill preferred to think of him as someone else entirely.
“Well, in this version…see, I’m talking about the George Lucas Star Wars, this is the next generation of Star Wars,” Hamill pointed out. “I almost had to think of Luke as another character. Maybe he’s ‘Jake Skywalker,’ he’s not my Luke Skywalker. But I had to do what Rian wanted me to do because it serves the story well. Listen, I still haven’t accepted it completely, but, it’s only a movie. I hope people like it. I hope they don’t get upset.”
More recently, actor John Boyega (Finn) had a laugh at the concept that Rey was the most powerful Jedi ever on Twitter… even more powerful than Anakin Skywalker himself.
The Screenwriter of ‘The Empire Strikes Back’ Said Disney BLEW IT with ‘Solo: A Star Wars Story.’
Ouch. The screenwriter of the most well regard Star Wars movie in the entire franchise said Disney “blew it” with Solo: A Star Wars Story, and won’t ever return to the galaxy far, far away.
Lawrence Kasdan, who also helped pen The Force Awakens, made the harsh comment just last month.
George Lucas felt betrayed by Disney, and called them “White Slavers” during an interview.
Of course the man himself, George Lucas, has had plenty of issues with Disney’s handling of Star Wars. When he sold Lucasfilm to Disney in 2012, he provided the company with a road map for Episodes 7, 8 and 9.
And Disney proceeded to throw those in the trash and start over.
Fast forward a few years, and Lucas calls Disney “white slavers” during a television interview.
And earlier this year, Disney CEO Bob Iger admitted that Lucas felt “betrayed” by Disney.
The ‘Games of Thrones’ Guys Quit and Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge is viewed as a ‘flop’ by mainstream media.
It’s not just a vocal minority of Star Wars detractors that seem to take issue with Disney’s handling of Star Wars. Unsold Star Wars toys clutter shelves. Galaxy’s Edge is being called a flop by many media outlets.
It’s becoming increasingly clear to many that Star Wars under Disney is a damaged brand.
Oh, and the ‘Game of Thrones’ duo that were supposed to take Disney Star Wars into a new age after The Rise of Skywalker?
Expect more dissent after The Rise of Skywalker opens on December 20. Especially if the leaked plot rumors we’re hearing are true.
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