Actor and writer Simon Pegg has been a vocal basher of George Lucas and the Star Wars Prequels for nearly two decades (“It’s an exercise in utter infanticide … (like) George Lucas killing his kid”, he said, among many other things).
But in a new interview with The Adam Buxton Podcast, Pegg surprisingly calmed down his rhetoric. He praised Lucas’ imagination and regretted that the creator of Star Wars was not involved in the latest films.
“I met [Lucas] at the premiere of Revenge of the Sith, which is the third prequel. […] I went to say ‘Hello’ to him and he turned around and I saw the wariness in his eyes like, ‘Here’s another thirty-something fanboy who’s going to tell me how much I changed his life.’
He was talking to Ron Howard and I think Ron Howard had seen Shaun of the Dead because he immediately went, ‘Oh hey, Shaun of the Dead!’ and shook my hand. And George Lucas immediately changed his demeanour, like ‘Ok, he’s involved in filmmaking’.
He was actually sort of candid with me and I don’t think he knew I was such an avid decrier of his last three films, but he said ‘I’ll give you some advice. Don’t be making the same film that you made 30 years ago.’ It was an interesting point.
And I must admit, watching the last Star Wars film, the overriding feeling I got when I came out was, ‘I miss George Lucas.’
For all the complaining that I’d done about him in the prequels, there was something amazing about his imagination. […]
I do feel like his voice is missing from the current [Star Wars films].”
For the record, Pegg played Unkar Plutt in Star Wars: The Force Awakens.