Frank Oz, Yoda himself, has been talking about Star Wars: The Last Jedi and more specifically the backlash against Rian Johnson’s movie, which he just didn’t understand.
There were quite a few Star Wars fans that weren’t best pleased with Rian Johnson’s Star Wars: The Last Jedi and they were pretty vocal about it. As far as I’m concerned, I loved it, but I can also understand certain people’s reservations regarding the film. However, one person who just can’t understand the backlash against the film is Frank Oz, otherwise known as Yoda, Jedi Master.
In an interview with Collider, the legendary actor spoke about his admiration for the film and what Rian Johnson did for the franchise as a whole. Here’s what he had to say about that:
“Yeah, there’s a whole backlash. I couldn’t understand that whole backlash. I didn’t get it. I thought it was a great piece of work. I never understood that backlash. I’m somebody that works with the script, and if the script is there and I believe the script is organic and right for the moment and the character, then that’s kind of all I think about. I don’t think about extra powers or anything, I just go with it. I just don’t consider that really.”
Oz, who’s been involved with Star Wars from the very beginning, went on to talk about what it was like to share a scene with Mark Hamill again. The last time they worked together was on the set of Star Wars: Return of the Jedi, so it’s been quite some time.
“It was like an old glove. It just felt so at home, you know. Mark is a wonderful, great, great guy. People don’t realize that a great part of the reason why Yoda works, is because of Mark. It’s because if Mark doesn’t believe in that character, nobody else will. What he does there is extremely important, always has been. When we got together it was just like old times. He never changed; he is just a wonderful guy- very funny too.”
He also spoke about what it was like to work on the set of Star Wars: The Last Jedi.
“I was everything. That’s what they hired me for. They had two people, three people turn on a grate to help me It’s a four-person character. I flew back and forth to London about three times and rehearsed for a couple weeks with them. It’s very intense rehearsal because you have four people trying to do one thing, very, very specifically.
“So, every single word, every single move, had to be rehearsed again and again. Therefore, we don’t take time on the set. The last time I flew over there, I rehearsed with the three guys again, and then we went and shot for a day and a half- night and a half.”
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