'Star Wars: Episode VII' star Oscar Isaac doesn't like the changes George Lucas made to the originals
Actor Oscar Isaac, who has an as yet unspecified role in JJ Abrams' Star Wars: Episode VII, has said he believes the digital enhancements George Lucas applied to the 1997 'special editions' of the original trilogy make the movies "less interesting".
Isaac echoes the views of countless franchise fans who bemoaned the changes the director made to Star Wars (1977), The Empire Strikes Back (1980), and Return of the Jedi (1983).
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."
However, he added, "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."
Back in 1997 Lucas said he expected the special release versions of the film to usurp the originals.
“The other versions will disappear. Even the 35m tapes of Star Wars out there won’t last more than 30 or 40 years,” he said.
“A hundred years from now, the only version of the movie that anyone will remember will be the DVD version, and you’ll be able to project it on a 20ft-by-40ft screen with perfect quality.
"I think it’s the director’s prerogative, not the studio’s, to go back and reinvent a movie.”
JJ Abrams, by contrast, has said that Episode VII will feature very little CGI unlike Lucas' prequel films which were dominated by special effects.