In a scant six weeks, there will probably be a brand new Star Wars movie, The Rise of Skywalker. But of us are nonetheless speaking in regards to the final installment, 2017’s Star Wars: The Final Jedi, particularly asking author and director Rian Johnson about fan backlash to the varied forged of characters he placed on display screen. Perhaps his newest response will settle the matter as soon as and for all: “Fuck ‘em.”
No, actually, that’s what he stated. Throughout a Q&A with actor Chris Evans following a screening of their new movie, Knives Out, on the WIRED25 convention Saturday night time in San Francisco, Johnson stated that whereas he’s principally had constructive interactions with Star Wars followers, “if somebody is responding to range negatively, fuck ‘em.”
Johnson went on to notice that simply because somebody didn’t like his movie doesn’t imply they didn’t like its numerous forged, and that preventing over what ought to occur in a Star Wars film is simply a part of the tradition across the franchise.
Certainly, followers in some corners have reacted poorly to Johnson’s film. The Final Jedi’s viewers rating on Rotten Tomatoes is 44 p.c, and after it was introduced that Johnson could be creating a brand new Star Wars trilogy of his personal, followers launched a Change.org petition to attempt to cease it. Johnson says that whereas he does hear a number of the negativity, “95 p.c of my interactions on Twitter are completely beautiful and constructive and fantastic with Star Wars followers. Star Wars followers are the very best followers on the planet.”
Johnson added, “I feel the fandom has to take a stand towards getting outlined by a really small slice of it that doesn’t characterize the lion’s share.”