On Tuesday, noted arthouse director Jim Jarmusch (Dead Man, Broken Flowers, Ghost Dog: The Way of the Samurai) admitted he's never watched any of the Star Wars movies and doesn't plan on starting now. “I”ve never seen any Stars Wars films,” he told Variety at the Cannes Film Festival. “I don”t know if it”s just a stubborn punk rock thing, where I intend to go to my grave having never seen Star Wars. I”ve never seen Gone with the Wind either.”
Call Jarmusch pretentious if you must, but he's far from the first high-profile individual to publicly fess up to their ignorance of the widely-beloved franchise (specifically, Episodes IV-VI). Below are 14 others who have been brave enough to do the same.
Before we get to the list, a few clarifications are in order first:
1. The list is concerned with those who haven't seen Episode IV/the original trilogy (1977-1983). So, seeing Phantom Menace doesn't preclude them from being included.
2. The list is not meant to imply that those named have never seen Star Wars (1977) as of May 18, 2016, but rather that they admitted at one time to not having seen Star Wars.
To see Roth and I discuss which of these confessions we were most shocked by — as well as guess which of them may have been disingenuous — you can watch the video embedded above.