Considering how integral a role his musical accompaniments have played in the Star Wars franchise from the very beginning, you would think that composer John Williams would have watched each of the Star Wars films at least once. However, in a new interview with The Mirror, Williams admits that not only does he not revisit any of his scores once they’re finished, but that he’s also never watched any of the seven Star Wars movies he scored.
“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, or listen to recordings of my music very, very rarely.”
Williams explains that, much like how some actors refuse to watch themselves onscreen, he won’t watch a movie in the middle of writing a score for it (which probably explains why he’s never bothered to watch Star Wars). At least he can be proud of his award-winning compositions, right? Well, it turns out that Williams isn’t particularly fond of any of his film scores, including the ones he produced for Star Wars. As he tells The Mirror, he doesn’t consider them to be classics: “I don’t know. A lot of them are not very memorable and so on. It’s probably the most popular music that I’ve done.”
That’s right: the “Imperial March” is cinematic pop trash and we should all be ashamed for ever thinking Star Wars music was any good. Also, John Williams is a boss (but that was already kind of obvious).