Jim Jarmusch has never seen a “Star Wars” film and he doesn’t intend to. The “Paterson” director premiered his latest film at Cannes Film Festival and during an interview with Variety revealed that he hasn’t seen the star of his film, Adam Driver, as the villain Kylo Ren, or any of the previous six George Lucas movies.
“No. I’ve never seen any ‘Stars Wars’ films,” said Jarmusch. “I don’t know if it’s just a stubborn punk rock thing, where I intend to go to my grave having never seen ‘Stars Wars.’ I’ve never seen ‘Gone With the Wind’ either.”
When asked if he just avoids classic films, the filmmaker replied, “I’ve seen thousands of classic movies. I’m a film nerd. For some reason those get thrown in one’s face so often, I managed to avoid them.”
Jarmusch’s “Paterson” received positive reviews after debuting at the festival. The story follows a bus driver who writes poetry and his humbling relationship with his wife Laura. The helmer wrote the treatment for his story 20 years ago stating, “I just gather ideas over the years. That was one of my possible projects. I kind of forgot about it for a while.”
During the interview he also addressed the importance of seeing films in theaters as opposed to VOD: “I’m old school and I love seeing films in the theater. I just like cinemas; I grew up in them. I love the experience of seeing films with other strangers in a dark room.”