Rian Johnson definitely went through the wringer as director of Star Wars movie The Last Jedi. The neverending discourse around the science fiction movie has become just as infamous as the film itself, and to this day, years later, is still rumbling on.
Following the backlash The Last Jedi faced, J.J. Abrams returned and replaced Johnson to direct the final instalment of the sequel trilogy: Rise of Skywalker. Of course, Star Wars fans can never be happy, so naturally this movie sparked just as much discourse and debate as the last one.
So, amid the release of detective movie Knives Out 2, Johnson shared some thoughts about his involvement with Star Wars for an interview with The New Yorker.
When asked if he found the criticism surrounding The Last Jedi upsetting, he simply replied, “No.”
He added, “When I read what those people were actually saying, I was, like, ‘Oh, I completely disagree with this.’ They’re wrong. For me. Everybody can like whatever they want and not like what they want. And Star Wars fans, in particular—growing up as one, arguing about other people’s opinions being wrong is sort of the bread and butter of it all. I didn’t feel crushed. Like, ‘Oh, no, I didn’t make a real ‘Star Wars’ movie.’ I felt, like, ‘No, I did.'”