Fans are a funny bunch. Of course, it’s because of our passion for story that conglomerates like Disney are able to survive. We live and breathe their stories, and are willing to pay through the nose to see our favorite characters on the big screen again and again, as time has proven. However, as I’m sure you’re aware, this passion can have its pitfalls.
The year of our lord 2017 brought such a pitfall in the form of Star Wars: The Last Jedi — a film that was divisive among fandom. This was the movie that made many fans claim that they would be boycotting Star Wars going forward…but will this hold true for Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker?
Actor Anthony Daniels doesn’t think so.
“And what amuses me is that there are people on the Internet, that… I know that fans are so devoted to every film that from time to time, they are disappointed, because there are some things that they don’t like,” he continued. “And they say, ‘I will never again watch a Star Wars movie! Never, never again!’” Daniels said during an event in Paris promoting his book I Am C-3PO.
“Yeah… no. I know very well that he went straight to the theater, because it’s the end of the story, and it makes all the pieces fit together in a magnificent work. It’s the brain of J.J. Abrams, and also Chris Terrio’s extraordinary script writing. So I think that everyone, every fan, every person will feel addressed, because it’s something for the world. It exists in every family, parents, grandparents and children. Three generations. It’s something to share. Maybe you love the dark side, or the other aspects. The feminine, the masculine, there is a rapport and something in there for everyone.”
Keep in mind, Daniels isn’t saying anything negative about fan perceptions here or that they can all jump into a volcano, but that rather this impending finale is one we’ve all been waiting for, and that many real Star Wars fans would be hard-pressed to actually stay home.
But what do you think? From a stats perspective, I can say that Star Wars is still very much a topic that brings fans to our site, but does that actually translate to ticket sales? I think so, but do you? Let us know your thoughts down below!
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