Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker Actor Reveals He Was 'Pissed Off' with Fan Service Criticism

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J.J. Abrams' Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker was a divisive film amongst fans and critics, with others thinking that the movie was catered to please the longtime fans. Star Wars sequel actor Greg Grunberg isn't particularly fond of this criticism, and talked about in a recent interview.

"When the movie came out, I was so pissed off and angry about one specific criticism that I heard," he told The Hollywood Reporter. "It said, ‘Oh, he's just pandering to the fans.' It's like, ‘What are you talking about? A movie like this is all about satisfying the fans.' And J.J. does it in an emotional way as the characters are connected."

Grunberg thinks there's "no fat" in this film which can't even be said for other movies. While there are times that you would think that the scene shouldn't have been in the final cut, he says the movie "would still hold up." The actor says everything in the movie matters and that everyone did an "incredible job" in wrapping up and "servicing all the characters."

"Would I have liked to have seen more of Rose? Yes. Would I have liked to have seen more of the other characters? For sure," he added. "But you can only do so much. And things change in the edit."

Grunberg says it was "difficult" for them to lose some stuff in the edit, including his scenes. There were "huge things" that people are going to appreciate when they get a chance to see them. That said, the actor pointed out that not everybody will be pleased all the time, especially with a franchise that's important to many people.

"You're never going to be able to do it in the way that everybody sees it in their head," he continued. "I don't think any of that criticism was warranted, but then again, everybody is entitled to their opinion. In their own mind, they have the best way they could see wrapping it up."

Grunberg thinks that there isn't a "better version" of The Rise of Skywalker than what Abrams has released, and this is in a perspective of a "true fan." He says the film was "incredibly satisfying" and beautiful," and that he brought things to another level emotionally.

Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker will be released on 4K, Blu-ray, and DVD on March 31st.

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