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Anderson Cooper Walked out on 'Star Wars: The Last Jedi'

Nicole Drum

01/03/2018

As the highest-grossing movie of 2017, a lot of people have seen Star Wars: The Last Jedi. CNN's Anderson Cooper, however, is not one of them.

During a recent appearance on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, Cooper revealed that, while he tried to watch the Rian Johnson-directed film, he ended up walking out of the theater. But, it wasn't quite for the reason you think. You can check out the interview above.

"I actually saw it last night and walked out," Cooper said. "I know, I'm sorry. I got a lot going on. I had a lot of work to do, I had a lot on my mind. It wasn't in protest."

Had Cooper's walk out been in protest, it wouldn't have been a complete surprise. The Last Jedi, despite its box office success, has been a highly divisive film. While critics and many fans absolutely loved how the movie departed from previous installments and went so far as to call it the best Star Wars film since The Empire Strikes Back, others hated the film for nearly the same reasons. This mixed response has been reflected in The Last Jedi's controversial Rotten Tomatoes Score -- an "alt-right" group, as well as users on 4Chan and Facebook have all claimed that the use of bots tanked the score -- but Cooper was clear that he his opinion on the movie hadn't yet been formed because he wanted to give it the proper attention.

"I'm gonna go see it again," he explained. "I just, I had too much in my head. I went down to the theater on 23rd Street, about 45 minutes in, yeah, I was like, 'I'm not giving this the attention it deserves.' This deserves my attention; I'm not giving it my attention."

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