Monday 13 April 2020

Ahmed Best says Star Wars is no longer for kids

Ahmed Best portrayed the divisive Jar Jar Binks in the Star Wars prequels and recently spoke to YouTuber Jamie Stangroom about the upcoming Disney+ Obi-Wan Kenobi live-action series. During the conversation, Best argued Star Wars has 'skewed older' in recent years, adding: “There isn’t very much for the kids anymore in Star Wars.”

He explained: “It’s very much for the millennials and gen-Xers like myself ... Kids are kind of left out of these, and the kids have to go to the animated series in order to get their dose of Star Wars, or they do like Phantom Menace. Phantom Menace is very much a kids movie.”

Best also suggested that George Lucas, who created the blockbuster franchise that revolutionised the way movies are made and seen in cinemas, believed that the long-term viability of Star Wars was predicated on younger fans.

“The new iterations of Star Wars are not really skewed towards kids, which is not something that George ever really wanted to do,” Best said. “George was always about the kids, and he used to say that if you get the kids, you have fans for the next 20 years. He was very much about kids.

“This idea that the movies are for adults is a very new thing, to be honest.”

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