Freddie Prinze Jr. became famous as the high school hunk type in She's All That, I Know What You Did Last Summer, and even Scooby-Doo. But he's high-key a massive Star Wars nerd. He voiced tragic hero Kanan Jarrus in the animated series Star Wars Rebels. Viewers aren't used to seeing his face in Star Wars movies, but he is very much part of the team — and he's vocal about canon. Freddie is no casual fan, he will f-bomb shout you down in an epic canon rant, angrily explaining how The Force works and blasting fanfiction bullshit about “Gray Jedi.” Yes, Fred from Scooby-Doo gets quite heated in the face of fans who “bitch about the dumbest shit.”
Watch Freddie Prinze Jr.'s full NSFW rant from Jeff Dye's Friendship Podcast, and/or read his quotes below it:
“Star Wars is for fucking kids,” he says, and Freddie Prinze Jr. may have been channeling an R-rated version of George Lucas there. Lucas himself reportedly said Star Wars was a film for 12-year-olds, sharing lessons of friendships, honesty, trust, doing the right thing, living in the light, and avoiding the dark side. But Prinze is very much an adult at 43-years-old and still a huge Star Wars fan. He's as invested as a Star Wars fan gets, dropping truths from George Lucas and dissecting fan theories and complaints. As he began his speech…
I did a Star Wars cartoon so even I get hate from Star Wars fans. But I'm like, look, you're just mad the franchise isn't aging with you. But that ain't how it works. The first one was for fucking kids. The second three were for different fucking kids and this one is for kids. You're just pissed off Han Solo gave Millennium Falcon to a girl. That's it! Because Luke Skywalker is Cinderella or Sleeping Beauty! He can talk to things that don't speak English, and he understands what they're fucking saying, he gets a fairy godfather instead of a fairy godmother, who teaches him how to be the best Jedi in the world in no time fucking flat.
Star Wars isn't presented as a fairy tale, so fans may not want to look at Luke Skywalker in the same way as Cinderella or Sleeping Beauty. He doesn't burst into song or talk with animals … but then again, in a way he does for R2-D2, and Han Solo does for Chewie. Leia was the one who bonded with Ewoks.
Freddie Prinze Jr. continued by schooling fans about The Force, as he was taught by Star Wars Rebels creator and an executive producer Dave Filoni, who was later promoted to oversee all Lucasfilm Animation projects.
I know more about the Force than most people because Dave Filoni taught me and George Lucas taught him, and all these video games have fucked people up on what the Force is. Luke’s skill doesn’t dictate whether he wins or loses. The Emperor doesn’t dictate whether he wins or lose. The Force dictates who wins or loses based on balance. Here’s the quick version on how to explain it to all these people who fucking think they get to decide…Let’s talk about the seduction of Anakin fucking Skywalker for a second. If the Emperor is the smartest dude in the universe, and knows that the Force dictates this, if he kills who he sees as a rival — Anakin — than he knows the Force is just gonna fucking correct that. Because the Emperor knows this. These are George Lucas’ words, not mine, so fuck you if you disagree with me. Straight up, this is information not affirmation time.
I'm curious about the part where he suggests if you understand The Force balance you'll know who will win and lose in the next Star Wars films:
So the Emperor knows that. So what does he do? He seduces Anakin, to double the strength of the Dark Side. So then what does the Force do? It balances us. How? It gives us twins. Luke and Leia. Two and fucking two. Balance. And if you look at the movie through that simple perspective, you will not only know why every single bad guy loses and every single good guy loses, you’ll know who’s gonna win and lose in the next fucking movies. I can tell you, I just don’t wanna wreck it!
Spill it or it never happened! Here's more from Freddie Prinze Jr. as he dissects fan favorite characters and their archetypes:
People bitch about the dumbest shit. These are archetype characters, these are George Lucas' words. There is no Jack Bauer in Star Wars, that character doesn't exist, it's not Han Solo, Han Solo's a reluctant hero, that's the archetype. Darth Maul, who everybody wants to win, and is everyone's favorite because he looks sick and he's great in the videogames… fuck you guys! He's Sisyphus! He is born to fail! Learn your Greek mythology like, I don't know, George fucking Lucas did! He's cursed to roll a boulder up the hill only to have it roll to the bottom again every single time for eternity. That is Darth Maul's quest. He's in on the joke, you guys. He knows it. He's just cursed to live that life.
Oh, and here he is blasting Gray Jedi:
Again, not my opinion. George Lucas'. So go fuck yourself if you disagree. You don't get to level up in the Star Wars world. that's a fucking video game. There's no such thing as a Gray Jedi! Qui-Gon even says, ‘I turn towards the light because it's there.' There's no gray! That's pretend fanfiction shit, which is cool but don't try to canonize it because it doesn't work, and I'm never going to buy it, ever. Star Wars is for fucking kids.
Phew! He may think Star Wars is for kids, but that f-bomb rant was definitely aimed at adults. Do you agree with any or all of his points? What do you think about Star Wars being for kids, and some adults are upset at the franchise not aging with them? There have been fan complaints about Star Wars since the Ewoks showed up (I still love you guys) and they got more heated with the prequels and really took off with Star Wars: The Last Jedi.
At the same time, The Force has achieved balance there too — millions of original fans still love Star Wars, and the franchise is picking up new young fans all the time. Star Wars: The Force Awakens has the record for the highest-grossing movie of all time at the domestic U.S./Canada box office. Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker ends the Skywalker saga this December, but Lucasfilm's franchise is still continuing on the big and small screens.