Simon Pegg: ‘I miss the influence of George Lucas on Star Wars’
Actor Simon Pegg has admitted that he is missing the influence of George Lucas after viewing latest film The Last Jedi.
Lucas, best known for creating the Star Wars and Indiana Jones franchises, sold his ownership of Lucasfilm for an eye-watering $4.05 billion in 2012 – a move which kickstarted the Disney era of Star Wars. While the films have been immensely successful in a commercial sense, the hardcore fan base has been divided.
One member of that fan base, actor Simon Pegg and one-time minor cast member of 2015’s The Force Awakens, has admitted that he is struggling with the recent editions without Lucas’ influence. He said: “There was an odd thing with [The Last Jedi] in that the people who didn’t like it were sort of being gaslighted by the people that did like it, who were just dismissing their complaints about the film as being fanboy butthurt,” Pegg explains. “And yet, the whole thing is just eating itself in a hideous cultural soup.”
Delving deeper, Pegg explains that The Last Jedi is “just a film,” and offered some disappointment that “…the overriding feeling I got when I came out was, ‘I miss George Lucas.’ For all the complaining that I’d done about him in the prequels, there was something amazing about his imagination.”