Chris Hardwick Weighs In On Star Wars Episode VII
Chris Hardwick, the geek comedian who founded the Nerdist Network and hosts @midnight and The Talking Dead, was a guest on Larry King Now last night. King asked Hardwick for his thoughts on one of the biggest things happening in geek culture right now, J.J. Abrams' Star Wars Episode VII. Hardwick responded with something of a critique of modern internet culture. "I'm excited about it because—here's the thing that I think we do a lot in our culture now," Hardwick said, "and I don't fault us as human beings, but there's so much data coming in at all times that I think people now judge things based on a word or a headline or very few actual facts about what's going on. So some people might see 'J.J. Abrams Star Wars,' 'Well that's going to be awesome' or 'That's not going to be awesome at all' and it's like, you know what, I would like to encourage people to experience things and then judge them. I like J.J. He's a nice guy. I know he's passionate about Star Wars…Let's see how he does. Maybe he'll knock it out of the park. Maybe he won't. But we won't know until we see it." Hardwick also mentioned a fondness for the original trilogy cast members who will be returning in Episode VII "Well, I mean, listen, my dad took me to see the original Star Wars in the theater," he said, "so that will always be a part of my molecular makeup. And so hearing that Harrison Ford, Mark Hamill, and all these—we pitched a show with Mark. He's a sweet guy, loves to talk about it. He's not crappy about it in any way. He's lovely. And so I'm excited. I want to see these characters again, you know?" Star Wars Episode VII comes to theaters December 18.