It’s never a good look for a film franchise when one of its largest stars criticizes its direction. Disney and Lucasfilm have found itself in such a situation. Liam Neeson, who famously portrayed the character of Qui-Gon Jinn in Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace, has done just that. In the fourth Star Wars movie ever made, he played opposite Ewan McGregor (Obi-Wan Kenobi).
Liam Neeson’s Comments
“Not all the time,” Liam Neeson said. “I mean, it is a cult. There’s so many movies and spin-offs among other things. You’re diluting the whole thing, I think. That’s my personal thing.”
“But, yeah, occasionally, you know, kids after a Star Wars autograph, and I don’t want to give autographs. We’re at an airport. Oh, look, it’s not the kid. It’s the grandfather. There he is. Or the dad. Horn-rimmed glasses and a beard. And they become 11-year-olds.”
This is not the first time Liam Neeson has shared those views about Star Wars content. In February, he did a bit with Men’s Health, where the Star Wars series question also came up. When asked if he would ever return in a Star Wars prequel, Liam Neeson replied, “No. Star Wars. No. As much as I admire them, there’s just so many of them them now…So I’ve lost track, unfortunately.”
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In Good Company
The comments spoken by one who once played a Jedi Master are not the first time someone has criticized the Star Wars franchise’s quantity (and often quality). The Walt Disney Company questioned whether they were creating too much content when Solo: A Star Wars Story lost millions at the box office. However, it didn’t seem to stop the studio from moving forward with completing the sequel trilogy and continuing to produce more and more Star Wars shows for Disney Plus (including the new one Ahsoka).
Although Liam Neeson’s comments don’t seem to reflect his thoughts on any specific movie or television show, merely the concept that quantity reduces the value and unique aspect of a film or series. This seems to be a lesson that the Marvel Cinematic Universe may be learning, too (and, to an extent, the Harry Potter franchise).