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Natalie Portman discussses Star Wars prequels’ backlash and reveals negative reaction was a ‘bummer’

She gained international recognition for portraying Padmé Amidala in the Star Wars prequels’ over 20 years ago.

And now Natalie Portman has opened up on the backlash the George Lucas directed films faced, stating the negative reaction was a ‘bummer’.

The actress, 37, was just a teen when the first of the trilogy, Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace hit cinemas in 1999, with sequels Attack of the Clones and The Revenge of the Sith later released.

Reflecting: Natalie Portman, 37, has opened up on the backlash on the Star Wars prequels', stating the negative reaction was a 'bummer'

Reflecting: Natalie Portman, 37, has opened up on the backlash on the Star Wars prequels’, stating the negative reaction was a ‘bummer’

Opening up on how the criticism was hard to digest, Natalie told Empire magazine: ‘It was hard. It was a bummer because it felt like people were so excited about new ones and then to have people feel disappointed.

‘Also to be at an age that I didn’t really understand that’s kind of the nature of the beast. When something has that much anticipation it can almost only disappoint.’

The films were panned by critics and fans alike, after it failed to live up to expectations.

It was also slated for poor use of CGI and for the unlikable comedic alien, Jar Jar Binks.

Big role: The actress was just a teen when the first of the trilogy, Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace hit cinemas in 1999, with sequels Attack of the Clones and The Revenge of the Sith later released

Big role: The actress was just a teen when the first of the trilogy, Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace hit cinemas in 1999, with sequels Attack of the Clones and The Revenge of the Sith later released

However, Natalie insisted that time has been on the franchise’s side, with fans now ‘re-evaluating’ their initial reaction to the films.

She added: ‘With the perspective of time, it’s been re-evaluated by a lot of people who actually really love them now.’

She went on to say that these days, there’s an ‘avid group’ of people who believe the three films are the ‘best ones’, but added that she didn’t have enough ‘perspective’ to weigh in with her opinion. 

Natalie played Padmé – Queen of Naboo, Galactic senator and mother of Luke and Leia Skywalker – throughout all three films between 1999 and 2005.

Playing her part: Natalie played Padmé - Queen of Naboo, Galactic senator and mother of Luke and Leia Skywalker - throughout all three films between 1999 and 2005

Playing her part: Natalie played Padmé – Queen of Naboo, Galactic senator and mother of Luke and Leia Skywalker – throughout all three films between 1999 and 2005

Let down: ''It was hard. It was a bummer because it felt like people were so excited about new ones and then to have people feel disappointed'

Let down: ”It was hard. It was a bummer because it felt like people were so excited about new ones and then to have people feel disappointed’

Despite the films being panned, the backlash didn’t affect Natalie’s career, with the Hollywood star going on to appear in a number of hit films including Black Swan, Thor, Jackie and Vox Lux. 

Meanwhile, Star Wars fans have been mourning the death of actor Peter Mayhew, who played Chewbacca in the franchise.

The legendary 7’3″ actor passed away aged 74 last week, surrounded by family and friends. 

While Star Wars creator George Lucas described him as a ‘wonderful man’ who was ‘the closest any human being could be to a Wookiee’, actor Warwick Davis also paid a heartfelt tribute.

Change of heart: 'With the perspective of time, it's been re-evaluated by a lot of people who actually really love them now'

Change of heart: ‘With the perspective of time, it’s been re-evaluated by a lot of people who actually really love them now’

Speaking on This Morning one day after the actor’s death, Warwick, 49,  who played Ewok Wicket W. Warrick, said: ‘I first met Peter when I was 11 and I was enthralled by Chewbacca. But I soon learned that Chewbacca was Peter.

‘He had a big heart and lovely humour, and he brought that through the yak hair that made Chewbacca’s costume.’

The Harry Potter actor went on to praise his late co-star’s talent, explaining it is difficult to ‘convey such emotion’ through a costume.

He said: ‘Testament to him, it is hard to convey such emotion when you really don’t have your facial features to work with but Peter managed to do that.

‘So we all felt empathy and emotion towards Chewbacca… he was always such a fan favourite, he’ll be very sadly missed.’ 

Goodbye my friend: Warwick Davis also paid a heartfelt tribute to Peter Mayhew, who played Chewbacca in the franchise

Goodbye my friend: Warwick Davis also paid a heartfelt tribute to Peter Mayhew, who played Chewbacca in the franchise

 

 

 

 

  

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