With ‘Force Friday’ underway and demand high for merchandise surrounding “Star Wars: The Force Awakens,” it comes as no surprise that media reports regarding the franchise have been flying around thick and fast today. One such report that has garnered attention is a new interview with C-3PO actor Anthony Daniels.
Chatting with The Guardian, Daniels reveals he has not been happy about all the secrecy surrounding the film and the level of scrutiny he’s under – which saw him getting chastised for a tweet during production:
“I said that I’d met so-and-so. An actor who plays a… thing in the film. A character. Immediately I received a message from Disney: ‘Remove the tweet! You’re not allowed to say that!’ Honestly. It’s a kind of Kremlin attitude.
Look, I know perfectly well not to tell you now what I’m giving you for a Christmas present because it would spoil the surprise. And these films are all about opening the box on Christmas Day.
The secrecy has been beyond ludicrous. For heaven’s sake, it’s a movie. When I got the script, it was typed in black on paper of the deepest red so you couldn’t photocopy it. I got a hangover just reading it.”
Daniels seems wearied by it all and isn’t afraid to say things like he sees it including a frank assessment of the prequels: “the effects are clever but pointless. The skill is there, but so what? Coldness, that’s the word. Bleakness, even.” He’s also not hugely sold on the new film either it seems: “When J.J. told me the story of the new one, my eyes sort of glazed over.”
We’ll find out for ourselves when “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” opens December 18th.