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Johnson responds to Last Jedi backlash

Though it’s been a commercial and critic success snaring $494 million and generally very positive press, Rian Johnson’s “Star Wars : The Last Jedi” has found itself some very stern antagonists in the form of disappointed “Star Wars” fans who essentially want the movie removed as franchise canon.

Johnson’s film took a vastly different road than J.J Abrams’ “The Force Awakens” and while many have embraced “Last Jedi” others have passionately despised it. The filmmaker has now addressed the feedback via a chat with Business Insider :

“Having been a Star Wars fan my whole life, and having spent most of my life on the other side of the curb and in that fandom, it softens the blow a little bit. I’m aware through my own experience that, first of all, the fans are so passionate, they care so deeply – sometimes they care very violently at me on Twitter.

But it’s because they care about these things, and it hurts when you’re expecting something specific and you don’t get it from something that you love. It always hurts, so I don’t take it personally if a fan reacts negatively and lashes out on me on Twitter. That’s fine. It’s my job to be there for that.

Every fan has a list of stuff they want a Star Wars movie to be and they don’t want a Star Wars movie to be. You’re going to find very few fans out there whose lists line up. And I also know the same way the original movies were personal for Lucas.

Lucas never made a Star Wars movie by sitting down and thinking, ‘What do the fans want to see?’ And I knew if I wrote wondering what the fans would want, as tempting as that is, it wouldn’t work, because people would still be shouting at me, ‘F— you, you ruined Star Wars,’ and I would make a bad movie. And ultimately, that’s the one thing nobody wants.

And let me just add that 80-90% of the reaction I’ve gotten from Twitter has been really lovely. There’s been a lot of joy and love from fans. When I talk about the negative stuff, that’s not the full picture of the fans at all.”

Those that didn’t take to the film have apparently ganged up and started taking down the audience score for the film on online outlets like Rotten Tomatoes and IMDB, while there’s also a Change.Org petition circulation demanding “Last Jedi” be removed from official canon.

Yep, what a joke.

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