Whereas George Lucas did not seem in particular person at Star Wars Celebration this previous weekend, there was a video that was shared in the course of the 20th anniversary panel for Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace that did function Lucas.
In that video, Lucas thanked the followers for coming and likewise talked a little bit bit in regards to the movie and its legacy. One factor he revealed was that The Phantom Menace is one in all his favourite Star Wars movies and that Jar Jar Binks is his favourite character.
Right here’s his quote:
“Thanks for coming to the Celebration. [The Phantom Menace] one in all my favourite motion pictures and naturally Jar Jar is my favourite character. Ahmed [Best], you probably did a implausible job. It was very very onerous. Additionally for John Knoll and all the blokes at ILM, I made it not possible for them. We broke a whole lot of floor. We have been utilizing take a look at gear however it was the start of digital, regardless that we didn’t get to shoot the entire thing digitally, we bought to shoot a part of it so it was actually one of many first digital options and I’m very pleased with that. The followers are all the time such an enormous a part of these movies and clearly these of you who’re listed here are the followers of Episode 1 and I like every and ever one in all you.
Whereas a whole lot of followers do not share Lucas’ enthusiasm for the movie, the film did break some floor in filmmaking tech and there have been facets of the film that have been very cool! Darth Maul (Ray Park) and that ultimate battle between the villain, Obi-Wan Kenobi (Ewan McGregor) and Qui-Gon Jin (Liam Neeson) was fairly badass. The musical rating was additionally fairly implausible.
A whole lot of the youthful Star Wars followers that grew up with this movie of their lives love the film, and that is one thing that I can perceive as properly. Hey, if that is the movie that bought a brand new era of children hooked on Star Wars, that is cool! Certain not everybody likes the movie, however it does play an enormous half within the Star Wars mythology and Skywalker historical past, which can clearly play an enormous function in The Rise of Skywalker.
You’ll be able to watch the total panel under. Lucas comes on on the 1:01:28 mark:
I’m certain Lucas’ reward of the movie and Jar Jar was seemingly partially because of a latest outpouring of fan assist for Jar Jar actor Ahmed Greatest who admitted he had suicidal tendencies after the unfavorable response from followers with reference to Jar Jar.
Throughout The Phantom Menace panel, Greatest acquired excited cheers from the followers. He additionally appeared on the principle stage on the conference a number of days earlier to an enthusiastic crowd. You’ll be able to watch that video under.