The general rules of Hollywood dictate that it's probably not the best idea to criticize the work of the man whose film franchise you're about to star in. But it seems like Oscar Issac really is a rebel who doesn't abide by the rules, since the Star Wars: Episode VII actor has just let everyone know his thoughts about George Lucas tinkering with the original trilogy.
To be fair, Issac isn't exactly spewing a river of vitriol in Lucas' direction, but he does reveal slight disappointment at the Star Wars creator's incessant meddling with the original Star Wars Trilogy. He told the Huffington Post:
Well, it’s a funny thing. I mean there’s two things. As an artist, like, he made the shit, so why can’t he do whatever the heck he wants with it. There’s a part of me that appreciates that he doesn’t really care if people are upset about it. He decided to share it with all of it and he wants to go back and do stuff, whatever. But as a fan, I’d much rather go back and watch the old thing, because it’s a product of the time. It’s what did you do at the time with the things that you had. And that’s what made that movie so amazing. At that time with that technology he made this thing and it was fucking awesome. So, you know, to go back and kind of tweak it with new stuff, it doesn’t make it more interesting for me as a watcher. It makes it less interesting, but I can’t fault him for doing that.
Although I'm sure many of us wouldn't fault this remarks, it is slightly bizarre that Issac is willing to criticize - even in slight terms - the old franchise. As mentioned above, traditional Hollywood etiquette dictates you act overwhelming positive regarding everything everyone you've ever worked with has worked on - unless your Shia LeBeouf that is.
Sure, it is slightly refreshing, but it perhaps also goes to show how little influence George Lucas currently has over the renewed Star Wars franchise. When Disney acquired the rights to the franchise, Lucas essentially lost his lordship over the galaxy from far, far away. Currently, he is only listed on [Star Wars: Episode VII](movie:711158) as a 'creative consultant' and as the writer who created the franchise's characters - he isn't even a producer, executive or otherwise. It could be for this reason that Issac feels secure enough to speak his mind.
Ultimately, however, is this a good thing? Sure, to many people Lucas ruined the franchise with his prequels, but can we really expect Disney and a bunch of new blood to do much better?
What do you think? Should Lucas be more involved in Star Wars: Episode VII?
Are you concerned that Lucas isn't centrally involved in Star Wars: Episode VII?