Just as the the obsessive love for the original Star Wars trilogy is eternal, the disdain for the prequels will never full go away. Walk into any herd of nerds and you will get a flurry of theories and methods to make Episodes I, II, and III better, but who cares about them. Let’s talk about what someone famous did!

Topher Grace, who was the Star Wars obsessed Eric Forman on TV’s That 70’s Show, held an exclusive private screening Tuesday night of the prequel trilogy. Well, the 85 minutes that survived his re-cut that is. Grace has apparently given his spin on the work of George Lucas, leaving over 4 and half hours on the cutting room floor. Collider‘s Steve Weintraub was one of only 50 to see it, and according to Grace no one will ever get the chance again.

We have some highlights of what Weintraub had to say after the jump.

Apparently Grace managed to combine all 3 movies into a rather coherent narrative that only had a few flaws, lots of action and no Jar Jar Binks (well, just one shot)! Also gone are all the politics, any mention of the asthmatic robot General Grievous and the clone army. It’s heavy on action and by the sounds of it was rather entertaining.

The opening crawl asks the audience to forget about the movies as you know them and accept his version on its own. Weintraub describes the first few minutes:

“As the movie begins, we get an establishing shot of a planet and then the city, and almost immediately we are watching Obi-Wan and Qui-Gon fight Darth Maul at the very end of Episode 1.   It should be noted we see none of the hangar and Amidala.  Instead, the film starts on the high platforms leading into the small hallway and the final battle scene.  It’s a hell of a way to start with the film.”

Man, I’d say. That pretty much blasts through the good parts of Episode One. It goes on to focus on the Jedi protecting politicians that have been marked for assassination and the relationship between Anakin and Padme. Weintraub did come out with a few criticisms of the re-cut, calling the 85 minute run time a little to fast and that some holes could have been filled with a little more exposition.

The best part according to Weintraub?

“Instead of having Anakin scream ‘No!’ as he learned that Padme died, Grace’s version shows Anakin getting the Vader costume put on and the film ends with Vader in the center of the screen looking evil.  It’s a perfect way to connect the prequel to the original trilogy and it works perfectly”

Damn it. I want to see this now, with any luck Topher will reconsider sealing this away from everyone else and share a little.

Till the, you can watch Weintraub with Peter from Slashfilm, Alex from First Showing and director Kyle Newman talk about what they saw.

Video Blog: Topher Grace’s 85-Minute STAR WARS Prequel from ColliderVideos on Vimeo.

Source: Collider

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