Simon Pegg Praises 'Star Wars: The Force Awakens,' Calls Prequels 'Monumental Misunderstanding'

Actor/writer Simon Pegg has made his disdain for the "Star Was" prequels no secret, and his latest comments on the three films released between 1999 to 2005 appeared in the New York Daily News. And not only does he not like the movies themselves, he's not sure about the people who defend them, either.

"I don't really have any respect for anyone who thinks those films are good," Pegg told the Daily News in an interview promoting his new film "Man Up." "They're not. (They're) a monumental misunderstanding of what the (original) three films are about. It's an exercise in utter infanticide... (like) George Lucas killing his kid."

Yet Pegg does have some serious optimism when it comes to "Star Wars: The Force Awakens, out next month. He appears in the film in an unspecified role, and served as a consultant on the story, something he called a "genuinely magical" experience.

"To knock out ideas with (director) J.J. (Abrams), and every single day, whether you were on the set of something you recognized or a set that was brand new, it just felt like 'Star Wars' in a way that I hadn't felt in 32 years," Pegg said. Of course, 32 years ago was the release of "Return of the Jedi," the final film in the original trilogy.

"Star Wars: The Force Awakens" debuts in theaters on Dec. 18. "Man Up" will be released this Friday, Nov. 13.

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