Published Dec 23, 2016John Williams's scores are an essential part of the Star Wars series's movie magic, but the composer admits that he's never actually seen any of the films.
In addition to being one of the most immediately recognizable pieces of movie music, Williams's work on Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope also earned him an Academy Award for Best Original Score. But despite everyone else in the galaxy being able to associate the music with the onscreen action, Williams himself admitted that he has never watched the visual accompaniments.
"I have not looked at the Star Wars films and that's absolutely true," he told The Mirror. "When I'm finished with a film, I've been living with it, we've been dubbing it, recording to it, and so on. You walk out of the studio and, 'Ah, it's finished."
And once he's finished a project, he doesn't get sentimental about seeing it in its final glory.
"Now I don't have an impulse to go to the theatre and look at it — maybe some people find that weird — or listen to recordings of my music," he said. "Very, very rarely."
And despite Rogue One being the first Star Wars film not to be scored by Williams, the composer doesn't hold the franchise in particularly high regard.
"A lot of them are not very memorable and so on," he added. "It's probably the most popular music that I've done."
Nevertheless, Williams is currently working on the music for the upcoming The Force Awakens sequel, Episode VIII — just don't expect him to actually watch the film when it hits screens on December 15, 2017.
Unfortunately, there's no word yet on how Williams feels about Chewbacca's rendition of "Silent Night."