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‘Rogue One’ Star Riz Ahmed Defends The ‘Star Wars’ Prequels

Although Rogue One: A Star Wars Story is being billed as the first of many planned Anthology films based in the Star Wars universe, it’s technically the fourth prequel film in the series to take place before George Lucas’ original trilogy. Many Star Wars fans have been extremely critical of the prequel trilogy that Lucas put out between 1999 and 2005, so it’s understandable that Disney has avoided using the ‘prequel’ label in any of its marketing for Rogue One.

Of course, not everyone despises the prequels, including Riz Ahmed, who plays Imperial defector Bodhi Rook in the newest Star Wars film. In a recent interview with Screen Crush, Ahmed admitted that he doesn’t think the prequels are as bad as people make them out to be:

“People say that, but I did not have a massive problem with the prequels at all. There were some elements that stood out. Jar Jar Binks, I didn’t enjoy him as a character. But people had a problem with them because they weren’t broad and tough and cheek. I enjoy that. I enjoy the fact that it was about grown-up politics and the dissolution of the League of Nations and World War and the rise of fascism. I really enjoyed that and I really enjoyed Clone Wars. I really don’t see what the big problem is, to be quite honest.”

Anyone thinking that Ahmed should be admitted for saying such things should also note that he says his favorite film in the franchise is The Empire Strikes Back because it’s “a little bit darker,” than the first Star Wars. What Ahmed seems to enjoy about the prequels (and Star Wars in general) is that each film feels different from one another, including Rogue One:

“If all Star Wars movies were the same, it’d be boring. I hope each new movie adds a new dimension, and I think that’s certainly what Rogue One does.”


Early reviews for Rogue One has been generally positive, so it’s safe to say that it probably won’t suffer the same type of backlash that its prequel predecessors did, but does Ahmed have a point when he says that the hate for the prequel trilogy is overblown? After all, the lightsaber battles were pretty cool …

(Source: Screen Crush)

Nick Steinberg (@Nick_Steinberg)

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