“Maybe some people find that weird,” he said.
John Williams, the composer who has scored seven Star Wars films, has admitted to never watching one.
The saga’s iconic title theme and ‘Imperial March’ count among some of William’s best known work and his score for Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope won him an Academy Award in 1977.
However, Williams has avoided seeing any one of the films in the series.
“I have not looked at the Star Wars films and that’s absolutely true,” he revealed in an interview with The Mirror. “When I’m finished with a film, I’ve been living with it, we’ve been dubbing it, recording to it, and so on. You walk out of the studio and, ‘Ah, it’s finished.”
He continues: “Now I don’t have an impulse to go to the theatre and look at it – maybe some people find that weird – or listen to recordings of my music very, very rarely.”
Williams went on to confess that he has a rather low estimation of the Star Wars franchise as whole.
“I don’t know,” he said, “A lot of them are not very memorable and so on. It’s probably the most popular music that I’ve done.”
The recently released spin-off Rogue One is the first live action Star Wars movie not to be scored by Williams. Michael Giacchino, whose credits include Up, Star Trek and Lost, composed the soundtrack for the film.
Williams is currently working on the score for Star Wars: Episode VIII, which arrives in cinemas on December 15th, 2017. Don’t bother asking him for any plot hints.