I was at work and quite busy so I wasn’t able to listen in on today’s live internet Q&A session with the “Rogue One” cast. However, I did get wind of some comments actor Alan Tudyk, who plays a droid in the movie, made about Ahmed Best’s work as Jar Jar as well as the moderator throwing some shade on the prequels about 25 minutes in. I do not have a transcript but from what I understand, Tudyk inaccurately described Best as just doing a voice over when in fact he was mo-capped on the set and it seems to have been in the context of “heh, I did one better on him.” Nobody corrected him. For that, I would advise Tudyk and company to read this from 2014.
I have to criticize Lucasfilm for demonstrating once more it does not afford the prequels the same level of respect given to the OT and TFA, no matter what they keep telling us. Actions, not words, count. There is no way in hell anyone in “Rogue One” would ever knock the OT or dismiss Andy Serkis’s or Lupita Nyong’o’s work in TFA as “just” voice acting. And SOMEBODY should’ve corrected Tudyk. Frankly, I think Lucasfilm owes Ahmed Best an apology for that. It’s inexcusable.
It’s as though it never occurs to the current regime to advise anyone who works for them on t.v., in movies, and writing books to respect the fan base. ALL of the fan base. I don’t know what the moderator’s alleged prequel joke was but if it was meant as a jab on those films, that shouldn’t be happening at an official Lucasfilm event. I guess they figure we all bought our $30 tickets and it’s too late now, huh?
It also doesn’t seem to occur to the current regime to respect George Lucas. None of them would be there without him yet it seems in many ways they are eager to get us to forget he ever had anything to do with this galaxy he created. It’s clear the philosophy today is to do the opposite of everything Lucas strove to do creatively and to follow trends instead of setting them. Moreover, just as the leadership threw out Lucas’s ST treatments, according to a recent Entertainment Weakly interview with Kathleen Kennedy, Lucas’s ideas for standalone films were also tossed into the shredder. Nice.
Whatever the case, stuff like this is why many prequel fans don’t entirely trust Lucasfilm and why some don’t trust it at all.
Tags: PT defense