STAR WARS prequels star Natalie Portman has opened up on fan backlash to the trilogy in a new interview.
The Phantom Menace, Attack of the Clones and Revenge of the Sith are widely considered by some fans to be the worst Star Wars films. And now prequel trilogy star Portman, who played Padme, has revealed what an effect that negativity had on her. Speaking with Empire, the 37-year-old said: “It was hard. It was a bummer because it felt like people were so excited about new ones and then to have people feel disappointed.”
Portman continued: “Also to be at an age that I didn’t really understand that’s kind of the nature of the beast.
“When something has that much anticipation it can almost only disappoint.
“With the perspective of time, it’s been re-evaluated by a lot of people who actually really love them now.
“There’s a very avid group of people who think they’re the best ones now! I don’t have enough to perspective to weigh in.”
Remaining positive, Portman added: “It’s definitely one of the most important things I’ve been part of. Important meaning things I’m most associated with.
“It’s the only time I’ve done three films from the same universe.
“But I think because I had worked a lot before and worked a lot after, there are many other things I’m associated with… It’s been meaningful to me and it’s very cool to be part of.”
Earlier this week The Phantom Menace celebrated its 20th anniversary at Star Wars Celebration, where Jar Jar Binks star Ahmed Best received a warm reception from fans.
Last year Best bravely shared how he had considered suicide following the criticisms against his character Jar Jar Binks.
Following great support for speaking out on his struggles then, the actor received huge fan appreciation upon arriving for The Phantom Menace panel.
Many chanted, “Ahmed! Ahmed! Ahmed!”, as he came on stage.
Best took his seat and said: “You guys are gonna make me tear up and I’m an unattractive crier.”