Most of the “Star Wars” faithful have watched each chapter in the sprawling space opera multiple times, from the frequently maligned prequels to the newly released “Rogue One.” But not Academy Award-winning composer John Williams, whose iconic scores are as memorable as the franchise’s characters. He hasn’t seen a single one.
Oh, sure, Williams has seen rough cuts while he composed and recorded the music, but the final films? He doesn’t appear to have much interest.
“I let it go,” the 84-year-old composer told the Mirror. “I have not looked at the ‘Star Wars’ films, and that’s absolutely true. When I’m finished with a film, I’ve been living with it, we’ve been dubbing it, recording to it, and so on. You walk out of the studio and, ‘Ah, it’s finished.’
“I’m not particularly proud of that, I have to say,” he added, “but it’s also part of the fact that I finished ‘Star Wars’ now and I’m already working on Spielberg’s new film and I don’t want to listen to music or see films.”
Although his Oscar-winning score for 1977’s “Star Wars” was added more than a decade ago to the Library of Congress’ National Recording Registry because of its cultural, historic or aesthetic importance, Williams said he doesn’t consider most of his work on the films “very memorable.” However, he admitted, “It’s probably the most popular music that I’ve done.”
Williams, whose memorable scores also include “Jaws,” “Close Encounters of the Third Kind,” “Superman” and “Jurassic Park,” has written the music for eight “Star Wars” films, from 1977’s “A New Hope” to 2015’s “The Force Awakens” and the upcoming “Episode VIII,” which he was expected to begin recording early this month (Michael Giacchino scored “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story”).
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