Watch: Simon Pegg Ranks the Star Wars Films
He may be better known for his escapades with Nick Frost in British suburbia but Simon Pegg is more than just a funny man, as he reveals his ranking of the legendary Star Wars films from worst to best in one minute.
While promoting his recently released movie, Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation, the Hot Fuzz actor was asked to list the The Phantom Menace, Attack of the Clones, Revenge of the Sith, A New Hope, The Empire Strikes Back, and Return of the Jedi from worst to best and explain why, in a minute.
The self-confessed Star Wars nerd (whose even landed a cameo in J.J.Abrams Star Wars: The Force Awakens) rose immediately to the challenge. Pegg has a lot to say on the topic, and though difficult for him to cram each opinion and thought on the six different movies into a minute or less, he does an admirable job arguing his points. And there’s even some time leftover for a little banter with the interviewer.
According to the Shaun of the Dead funny man, the weakest link is Attack of the Clones, the second of George Lucas’ prequels. Pegg’s reasoning? Because at the time we all thought it was better than The Phantom Menace, but it actually wasn’t. Next is Episode I: The Phantom Menace, before Revenge of the Sith which rounds out his bottom three. The “best of a bad bunch,” to quote Pegg, Revenge of the Sith at least does have some connections to the original trilogy, which saved it unlike the previous two.
Return of the Jedi is, as Pegg says, “the lesser of the three” original films though he does stipulate that he loves it dearly. However, in what some may consider a controversial move, the 1977 original lands in second place, while The Empire Strikes Back is ranked first for, its “artistry and sheer balls.”
The next instalment of the Star Wars franchise, Star Wars: The Force Awakens features Pegg in a yet undisclosed role and opens in cinemas worldwide on December 18, 2015.