Topher Grace Explains Himself

Actor Topher Grace explains in an interview with the Huffington Post the whole deal with his edit of the prequels:

What I was trying to do … by the way, I did want to learn how to edit, in the way that directors sometimes take acting classes. They’re not doing it to become actors, they’re doing it to understand the medium they’re in better, from another angle. And that’s why I did that. And, by the way, it has helped my acting — editing something that didn’t have me in it.

He also mentions he’d like to try the same thing with “Close Encounters Of The Third Kind.”

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7 Responses to “Topher Grace Explains Himself”

  1. Stefan Kraft Says:

    Personally, I would not even have minded if he said that he did not enjoy the prequels that much and that he tried to edit them in a way he wanted them to be. Why? Because he makes it clear that the edit was his personal thing and that he will not make it available to the public – and then I really don’t have any problems with it. (I don’t have problems with fan edits as long as it is clear that they are the personal interpretation of the editor and not intended to show how bad the movies are supposed to be.)
    In any case, Topher did not even mention his opinion on the movies – he could have to satisfy the fanboys, but he did not.

  2. tatooinesand Says:

    > as long as it is clear that they are the personal interpretation of the editor and not intended to show how bad the movies are supposed to be.

    I second that!

    Fanedits are ugly things (on my opinion). It’s one thing when a person makes them for himself and his friends, it’s another matter when he puts them very publicly on YouTube. Usually with an obvious intent at that.

    Topher Grace seems to be a relatively decent person though, judging from those words.

  3. Eddie Says:

    I appreciate Topher’s explanation, but think that in the interest of balance, he should make an 85-minute edit of the OT, too.

  4. tatooinesand Says:

    > he should make an 85-minute edit of the OT, too.

    Exactly! It might “help his acting”, too.

  5. Stefan Kraft Says:

    Who knows, maybe he’ll make one someday. If he concentrated on the relationship of Padme-Anakin-Obi-Wan in the prequel re-cut, he could focus on the Luke-Leia-Darth Vader/Anakin relationship.

    Personally, I do not think that he “has to” make an 85-minute edit of the OT. It would be fair, but you can’t have everything. 😉 We shouldn’t forget: If he wants to make a re-edit of “Close Encounters Of The Third Kind” (considered a good film by most fanboys/hateboys), it is a hint that he did not make the re-cut to improve the PT movies (as some hateboys may claim).

  6. maychild Says:

    I’m glad he explained himself, when he could have just kept quiet, and accepted the adoration that hateboys have piled on him ever since he did the edit. He doesn’t say he’s a fan of the prequels, but neither does he say he dislikes them. I think it was just an exercise for him that the press and hateboys jumped on so as to have more fuel in their tanks, so to speak.

  7. Paul F. McDonald Says:

    Well, Kyle Newman was there and seems to be under the impression that Topher isn’t criticizing Lucas or the prequels. I suppose that’s good enough for me. I agree, though, he should do an edit of the OT in the interest of balance.

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