When I read about what Ewan McGregor said regarding certain sections of the Star Wars fandom, I found myself in wholehearted agreement. Having perused places such as Rebelscum.com and TheForce.net over the years, I’ve experienced more than my share of so-called fans who are indeed “parasitical lowlifes and fucking wankers”, and therefore, I can’t blame him if he feels ashamed of being part of the franchise as a result. Also, some of these self-entitled shitstains don’t appear to realise that it’s not fair to expect those involved in the production of such films to be just as obsessed as they are. After all, it’s just a job to them, and if they simply enjoy the job, so be it.
And I’ll freely admit that I’m feeling more than a tad ashamed at present, largely due to discussing anything about Star Wars on this blog again, especially in light of The Walt Disney Company getting its grubby hands on Lucasfilm. I’m still not sure I can trust the folks at Disney to be as hands off with the Star Wars Sequel Trilogy as they are with the Marvel Cinematic Universe, and since the Star Wars films have been aimed at family audiences right from the start, I hope that any temptation to blatantly kiddify the saga is strongly resisted.
One last thought: even though he was held up as a fraud by many fans, what if the bloke formerly known as Supershadow got it right to some degree? What if the alleged story treatments for Star Wars Episodes VII, VIII and IX end up being pretty close to the mark in terms of execution in the films? Sure enough, the Episode VII treatment mentions a 30-year gap between it and the Battle of Endor, and when one considers that Lando Calrissian was not featured therein, and Billy Dee Williams hasn’t been cast in Episode VII, a circumstantial connection can be made.