Topher Grace edited all ten Star Wars movies into a five minute trailer, and it's amazing
You know Topher Grace from the sitcom That 70's Show and the Oscar-winning film BlacKkKlansman, but one thing you might not know is that he edits movies for fun in his free time. For example, in 2012, he edited the heavily maligned Star Wars prequel trilogy - which reaches seven hours in length - into one tight 85 minute movie. Due to breaking various copyright laws, Star Wars: Episode III.5: The Editor Strikes Back, will probably never be released to the public. However, Grace held a private screening, and his remix was reportedly "a lot more entertaining" than the originals, according to SlashFilm.
At the Critic's Choice Awards, the actor discussed his hobby. "You might go out to the garage and do woodwork and go fishing. I enjoy the act of cutting [movies], said Grace. For his first project, he reworked the English drama Atonement, "I had an idea of how that could be retold with flashbacks, and I had a 40-minute cut," he explained. "It was different, they live in the end. I showed my friends, and used outtakes and stuff."
Last August, Grace told IndieWire that he needed to clear his head after playing Ku Klux Klan grand wizard David Duke in BlacKkKlansman. "I was so depressed," he recalled. "It was so disturbing to go home and turn on the news to see how his ideology was affecting us at the moment." So, what did he do? Cut Peter Jackson's bloated Hobbit trilogy - which clocks in at nearly eight hours - into a concise two hour movie. "I think that maybe ‘The Hobbit’ should’ve been one movie, and many people would agree," explained Grace.
I know, it sucks we can't see these fascinating remixes - curse you, intellectual property laws! However, yesterday one of those elusive Topher Grace projects was released on YouTube. It's a five minute trailer for Star Wars, using footage from all ten live-action Star Movies. That includes the original trilogy (A New Hope, The Empire Strikes Back, Return of the Jedi), the prequel trilogy (The Phantom Menace, Attack of the Clones, Revenge of the Sith) the two sequels (The Force Awakens, The Last Jedi), and the two spin-offs (Rogue One, Solo). You're a madman, Topher Grace!
The trailer, entitled Star Wars: Always, is not a simple chronological retelling of the space opera saga. It jumps back and forth between the 70's films, the 00's films and the Disney films, finding creative connections. Grace even incorporates rare footage from alternate takes and deleted scenes. (Like the dialogue where Leia calls Han and Luke "moon jockeys," and the original opening of A New Hope, where Luke views a space battle in the sky, and talks to his Tattoine buddy Biggs.) And no, there's no footage from that Star Wars Holiday Special disaster.
The trailer got over 700,000 views on YouTube, and more than 50,000 upvotes on Reddit. "It's nice to know that Topher Grace is just as nerdy as Eric Forman," quipped one Redditor, referencing Grace's That 70's Show character. Well, hopefully the Star Wars prequel remix and The Hobbit remix become available for public viewing one day. Otherwise your only hope to see them is at a private screening. (Note to self: Make friends with Topher Grace.)