Date: 16th May 2005

Cannes Film Festival hosts Star Wars premiere

The latest Star Wars film has received its world premiere at the Cannes Film Festival.

Director George Lucas and his cast, including Natalie Portman and Samuel L. Jackson, turned out for the showing.

Stars at the premiere were Sharon Stone, Eva Longoria and Natalie Imbruglia reports BBC online.

At an earlier press conference, Lucas responded to criticism of the last two films - The Phantom Menace and Attack of the Clones - saying they had found their own following.

"The older ones are loyal to the first three films I made, and they are the ones in control of the media."

"The films that these people don't like - which are the first two prequels - are fanatically adored by the under 25s."

Samuel L Jackson, who plays Jedi Mace Windu in the film, likened Lucas to Quentin Tarantino, who directed him in Pulp Fiction.

He said: "They both give me a lot of freedom to do what I want to do. They know I'm going to come with a lot of things to do the best job I can."

"They are both guys who know exactly what they want to do, and how they want it done, and explain that very clearly."

He added: "They are almost the same guy, but one of them is loud and the other one is not."

Revenge of the Sith has its UK premiere in London on Monday, before going on general release worldwide on 19 May.

Source: Press Release



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