Riz Ahmed Defends The “Star Wars” Prequels

When it comes to “Star Wars,” especially now with two films released out of at up to six new ones this decade, the George Lucas-directed prequels seem to be held in less and less esteem as time goes by – especially the second one.

One person who is bucking that trend though is acclaimed actor and “Rogue One” star Riz Ahmed. Ahmed tells Screen Crush that the galactic politics and focus of the films, which some have made fun of, are actually the best past of the prequel trilogy with its more adult story:

“I did not have a massive problem with the prequels at all. There were some elements that stood out. Jar Jar Binks, I didn’t enjoy him as a character. But people had a problem with them because they weren’t broad and tough and cheek. I enjoy that. I enjoy the fact that it was about grown-up politics and the dissolution of the League of Nations and World War and the rise of fascism. I really enjoyed that and I really enjoyed Clone Wars. I really don’t see what the big problem is, to be quite honest.”

Ahmed’s turn in this universe, “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story,” is now in cinemas across most of the world.