Well you can go ahead and file this under mildly annoying.
In last year’s Captain America: Civil War, audiences were introduced to Sony and Marvel Studios’ new take on your friendly neighborhood Spider-Man. It was a charming, young take portrayed by Tom Holland, who embodied everything fans could have imagined of a young superhero.
If his youth compared to the rest of the Avengers wasn’t enough to drive the point home, writers Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely also had the gull to throw in a line from Spider-Man where he calls The Empire Strikes Back “that really old movie.” It was a fun throwaway line that got a lot of laughs in the theaters, but there were also some audience members who cringed at it. How would a nerd like Peter Parker not be intimately familiar with Star Wars?
Well, it turns out that Tom Holland himself hasn’t even seen The Empire Strikes Back. Speaking with Yahoo! Movies while promoting The Lost City of Z, Holland stated:
“I haven’t seen The Empire Strikes Back, I’m not gonna lie. I’m not a huge Star Wars fan. I’m a huge fan of the new ones. I thought Rogue One and…uh…The Rise…Force Awakens! I thought that was dope. I really am a fan of those. I thought they were great fun, but I just, for some reason, skipped the original Star Wars. I don’t know why, and I’m very embarrassed to say it. I should watch them. I should.”
But that’s not all.
“[I’ve watched the prequels], and I’m even more embarrassed to say that I loved those movies when I was a kid. Everyone’s like, ‘What? You like those movies?’ But I thought they were great…you know, we’re a terrible generation.”
Let this be a lesson to those folks who think everyone has seen Star Wars. As this latest generation is proving, the older films of yore are slowly fading into obscurity, even as the franchise itself continues to barrel forward.
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SOURCE: Yahoo! Movies