In terms of debating Star Wars, the prevailing thought is that each one opinions are equal. Where that changes ever so barely is when you’re 7 foot 4 inches tall and had been simply drafted primary general within the NBA.
Victor Wembanyama is a 19-year-old French basketball phenom who the San Antonio Spurs selected because the primary general decide within the NBA Draft again in June. Sports activities specialists assume he might be a generational expertise alongside the strains 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 peak 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 you need to hear to imagine. 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, virtually most significantly, he doesn’t even need to acknowledge the brand new motion pictures.
There’s 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 good sense that Sith is the one he could have seen first and due to this fact 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 a point of sense. Some.
The tremendous sizzling take right here although is that the 19-year-old doesn’t even need to depend the Sequel Trilogy of The Pressure Awakens. The Final Jedi, and The Rise of Skywalker. These motion pictures, 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 films he was presumably enthusiastic about did not stay as much as expectations and are actually reviled? Will he, or will maybe at some point his youngsters, 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 previous, but it surely simply made its manner into our Twitter feed—proper because the NBA season is beginning—and we hadn’t seen it earlier than, so possibly that goes for you too.
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