Star Wars Rebels alum Freddie Prinze Jr., who voiced Kanan Jarrus, revealed that even he gets hatred from fans that don't like where the franchise is going.
In a preview for Jeff Dye's Friendship Podcast, he explained that Star Wars is made for kids and that angry fans are unhappy about the franchise not aging up with them. He went on a rant to explain how the Force works in Star Wars, specifying that this was wisdom passed down to him from Dave Filoni, who learned it from George Lucas himself.
"People bitch about the dumbest things. These are archetype characters, these are George Lucas' words. There is no Jack Bauer in Star Wars, that character doesn't exist, it's not Han Solo, Han Solo's a reluctant hero, that's the archetype," he explained. "Darth Maul, who everybody wants to win, and is everyone's favorite because he looks sick and he's great in the videogames... fuck you guys! He's Sisyphus! He is born to fail! Learn your Greek mythology like, I don't know, George fucking Lucas did! He's cursed to roll a boulder up the hill only to have it roll to the bottom again every single time for eternity. That is Darth Maul's quest. He's in on the joke, you guys. He knows it. He's just cursed to live that life."
"Luke Skywalker is Cinderella or Sleeping Beauty!" he said. "He can talk to things that don't speak English, and he understands what they're fucking saying, he gets a fairy godfather instead of a fairy godmother, who teaches him how to be the best Jedi in the world in no time fucking flat."
According to what George Lucas passed on, Palpatine was acutely aware of how the Force worked and that killing the only person that could be his true rival, Anakin, would be a mistake, because the Force would correct that. So, instead, he seduced Anakin to double the strength of the Dark Side. The Force still had to balance two Sith, so it gave the galaxy light-side twins: Luke and Leia. "These are George Lucas's words," Prinze added. "This is information, not affirmation."
Prinze ended his rant by adding that there is no such thing as a Gray Jedi, a concept that might surprise some fans, as "gray" is a concept heavily associated with Qui-Gon Jinn and linked to the opening Whills poem at the beginning of The Force Awakens novelization.
"There's no such thing as a Gray Jedi! Qui-Gon even says, 'I turn towards the light because it's there,'" Prinze insisted. "There's no gray! That's pretend fanfiction shit, which is cool but don't try to canonize it because it doesn't work, and I'm never going to buy it, ever. Star Wars is for kids."
Directed and co-written by J.J. Abrams, Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker stars Daisy Ridley, Adam Driver, John Boyega, Oscar Isaac, Lupita Nyong’o, Domhnall Gleeson, Kelly Marie Tran, Joonas Suotamo, Billie Lourd, Keri Russell, Anthony Daniels, Mark Hamill, Billy Dee Williams, Matt Smith and Carrie Fisher, with Naomi Ackie and Richard E. Grant. The film arrives on Dec. 20.