It’s easy to hate on the Star Wars prequels (heck, we’ve done our share of it!) but some fans have certainly gone a bit too far in their criticisms of George Lucas’ much-maligned film trilogy. While calling out Jar Jar Binks for being a racist, annoying caricature are arguably justified, dumping on a young boy’s performance is cruel and uncalled for. At least, that’s the way Mark Hamill sees it.
The Star Wars actor recently sat down for an interview with Vulture in which the topic of the prequels came up. As someone who encountered his fair share of detractors for his initial performance as Luke Skywalker in 1977’s A New Hope, it’s understandable that Hamill would voice his own displeasure at the way Lloyd and the prequels as a whole were treated by some. In fact, he’s still upset by it.
“I couldn’t believe some of the things they wrote about the prequels, you know. I mean really, beyond ‘I didn’t like it.’ I’m still angry about the way they treated Jake Lloyd. He was only ten years old, that boy, and he did exactly what George wanted him to do. Believe me, I understand clunky dialog.”
Lloyd notably quit acting not long after The Phantom Menace’s release in 1999 and has revealed in the past that the role pretty much ruined his childhood because of the ridicule he received from his peers, not to mention the internet at large, so Hamill’s comments certainly carry some weight. As far as the topic of George Lucas and his work on the prequels goes, Hamill also revealed that he was approached to be part of the 2010 documentary The People vs. George Lucas, but backed out of it after becoming aware of the film’s anti-Lucas slant.
“I almost got hornswoggled into that documentary,” he admitted.
“They weren’t calling it ‘The People vs George Lucas’ at the time. But I could tell from the questions they were asking me that it was an open invitation to trash George. And I have issues with George, but I love that man I would never…you know I don’t talk outside the family. It’s just brutal…”