Liam Neeson, Samuel Jackson and other 'Star Wars' stars examine the misguided backlash two decades later.
Natalie Portman has opened up about the poor critical response to the Star Wars prequels, in which she played Padme Amidala across the trilogy. Portman was cast to play Amidala back in 1997 at the age of just 15, with The Phantom Menace eventually being released in May, 1999, to a tepid critical response.
In a mere two minutes, 'The Phantom Menace' trailer re-established the franchise's omnipresence for the next 20 years… and counting.
Ray Park says that although he doesn't care about the comments and that he doesn't need to justify his appearance in the film, he "worked his butt off" to play Maul once again.