With The Force Awakens fandom in full drive, it's amazing that the third prequel of the unfortunately subpar trilogy known as Episode 1-3 came out ten years ago in 2005. And the pain of that trilogy still resides not only with fans, but the actors who had to endure that creation, especially C-3PO actor Anthony Daniels.
In a recent interview with The Guardian, Daniels discusses many things Star Wars related but really the more interesting piece of that discussion was his annoyance at the prequels and their over use of CGI.
“The effects are clever but pointless. The skill is there, but so what? Coldness, that’s the word. Bleakness, even. George has changed a lot over the years, but I think he finds it slightly hard to collaborate. ”
Considering 90% of of those prequels were CGI, that's not too great of a compliment.
Anthony Daniels putting up with another bad idea.
When creating a new Star Wars trilogy, especially if the creator only one of the prior films (not even the best of the original three) you'd think he'd take all of the decent input he could get in order to put out the best films possible. But unfortunately no, and it's pretty apparent with what ended up on screen.
But with the new Star Wars regime and returning writer Lawrence Kasdan, things seem to be looking up for the cast and crew of The Force Awakens, including less cgi and more practical effects and sets.
“It became clear early on that with J.J. we were getting back to the old-fashioned kind of filmmaking. We have walls. Actual sets!”
He also mentioned that his suit used to take two hours to get on and off during the George Lucas days, but luckily his biggest request with the new production was that his suit could be removed way more easily.
Anthony Daniels between takes in the original Star Wars trilogy.
But regarding the prequels, it must really suck to be in the middle of not one, but three films which took literally years to make and know that you're putting out a subpar product before the fans even realize it yet. However with this new film, it seems Daniels' excitement is a nice hint at a return for what was once a well thought of franchise. Or The Force Awakens could secretly be horrible, no one really knows at this point.