In the world of Star Wars, fans continue to bounce back-and-forth on how they feel about Lucasfilm's controversial prequel trilogy. For some fans, Episode I-III are something better left forgotten while other fans champion their virtues. When the films first debuted, backlash over the trilogy's content and casting was rife, but one Star Wars icon didn't think the vitriol was warranted.
Just ask Mark Hamill.
Recently, the legendary actor sat down for an interview with Vulture where he took time to address the prequel films. It was then that Hamill stuck up for the projects and particularly stood behind Jack Lloyd, the child actor cast as Anakin Skywalker in The Phantom Menace.
"I couldn't believe some of the things they wrote about the prequels, you know. I mean really, beyond 'I didn't like it'. I'm still angry about the way they treated Jake Lloyd. He was only ten years old, that boy, and he did exactly what George wanted him to do. Believe me, I understand clunky dialog."
Continuing, Hamill even revealed that he was secretly approached to be part of the 2010 documentary The People vs. George Lucas. The actor was interviewed for the film before its title was finalized, but Hamill said he pulled back from the project once he vibed the crew.
"I almost got hornswoggled into that documentary," he admitted.
"They weren't calling it 'The People vs George Lucas' at the time. But I could tell from the questions they were asking me that it was an open invitation to trash George. And I have issues with George, but I love that man I would never…you know I don't talk outside the family. It's just brutal…"
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