In relation to debating Star Wars, the prevailing thought is that every one opinions are equal. Where that changes ever so barely is when you’re 7 foot 4 inches tall and have been simply drafted primary total within the NBA.
Victor Wembanyama is a 19-year-old French basketball phenom who the San Antonio Spurs selected because the primary total choose within the NBA Draft again in June. Sports activities specialists assume he may very well be a generational expertise alongside the traces of Michael Jordan and LeBron James each as a result of he’s actually, actually good and in addition actually, actually tall.
His never-before-seen mix mixture of top and abilities immediately made Wembanyama an enormous celeb for each sports activities followers and non-fans alike. And for these non-sports followers, a podcast interview this summer time revealed that not solely is Wembanyama an enormous Star Wars fan, his rating of his favourite film is one thing it’s important to hear to consider. Right here’s the clip, which begins at 57:18 of the Old Man and the Three podcast.
Sure, you heard that proper. One: Revenge of the Sith. Two: Assault of the Clones. Three: The Empire Strikes Again. Then, nearly most significantly, he doesn’t even wish to acknowledge the brand new films.
There may be so, a lot to unpack right here. The very first thing is that Wembanyama, as he reminds us, was born in 2004, earlier than Revenge of the Sith was even launched. So it makes excellent sense that Sith is the one he could have seen first and subsequently turned his favourite. From there, which film leads proper into his favourite? Assault of the Clones. After which what’s probably the most universally beloved one? The Empire Strikes Again. In order that wild, completely bonkers rating, not less than makes some extent of sense. Some.
The tremendous scorching take right here although is that the 19-year-old doesn’t even wish to depend the Sequel Trilogy of The Power Awakens. The Final Jedi, and The Rise of Skywalker. These films, launched when Wembanyama was 11, 13, and 15 respectively, ought to have been proper in his wheelhouse—the target market if ever there was one. However he hates them. Is that this only a new case of prequel syndrome the place the flicks he was presumably enthusiastic about did not stay as much as expectations and at the moment are reviled? Will he, or will maybe in the future his children, watch those movies later in life and adopt them as their prequels, reevaluating the critics’ consensus? Time will inform.
And sure, we totally acknowledge this clip is 4 months outdated, nevertheless it simply made its approach into our Twitter feed—proper because the NBA season is beginning—and we hadn’t seen it earlier than, so perhaps that goes for you too.
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