Simon Pegg Hates the STAR WARS Prequels Too

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You’d be hard-pressed to find a Star Wars fan who loves the Prequels. They certainly exist – trust me – however they’re so few and far between that you could be mistaken into thinking they’re unanimously hated. It wouldn’t be surprising; their incredibly poor writing, direction, acting and just about everything renders them unwatchable for many. As it turns out, you can add Simon Pegg to that list of fans.

On the press junket for Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation, Pegg was asked by MTV (via Nerdist) to rank the six episodes from worst to best. His own words: “I hate the prequels.” It’s really not surprising to hear this because Pegg is a massive geek, co-writing and starring in Star Trek Beyond as well as having a cameo in Star Wars: the Force Awakens. I’d say that earns him a certain amount of credibility when it comes to this franchise. Check out his ranking below…

And in case you’re far too lazy to watch a 90-second interview –

  1. The Empire Strikes Back
  2. A New Hope
  3. Return of the Jedi
  4. Revenge of the Sith
  5. The Phantom Menace
  6. Attack of the Clones

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Myself and Pegg share the exact same opinions regarding this franchise. With the Prequels, I can sit through The Phantom Menace even if I want to scratch out my eyeballs. I cannot stomach Attack of the Clones. I didn’t even watch it all the way through until a few years ago which is rare for me, but even as a kid I found it so mind-numbingly dull and I wanted to jump out of a window. The rest seems like fairly standard ranking for fans, but it’s those first two movies which people find themselves debating over.

Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation is out now (we advise you go and check it out). Star Wars: The Force Awakens hits theaters December 18th; it’ll be interesting to see how people’s rankings change come then.

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  • http://www.cinelinx.com/ Jordan Maison

    “You’d be hard-pressed to find a Star Wars fan who loves the Prequels. They certainly exist – trust me – however they’re so few and far between that you could be mistaken into thinking they’re unanimously hated.”

    Gotta really disagree with that statement. I don’t think they’re few and far between, and the truth is, I know more people willing to give them a chance and enjoy them, than those who don’t. The problem is that hating on the Prequels has become more popular than blow jobs.

    It’s trendy to say that you hate them, and I know plenty of people (writers even) who haven’t even watched them, yet continue to bash away because that’s what gets them the attention from the masses.