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Simon Pegg says 'Star Wars' prequels were 'like George Lucas killing his kid'

Actor also says that 'The Force Awakens' will restore fans' faith in the franchise

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Actor Simon Pegg has stated that upcoming Stars Wars film The Force Awakens will revive the franchise, also comparing the previous prequel trilogy to creator George Lucas "killing" his own child.

"I don't really have any respect for anyone who thinks those films are good," the British star told New York Daily News recently.

"They’re not. (They’re) a monumental misunderstanding of what the (original) three films are about. It's an exercise in utter infanticide... (like) George Lucas killing his kid."

Pegg worked as a consultant on The Force Awakens, making him the only individual to be involved in both Star Wars and Star Trek projects. He will also appear in the upcoming film in a yet-unspecified role.

"To knock out ideas with (director) JJ (Abrams), and every single day, whether you were on the set of something you recognised or a set that was brand new, it just felt like 'Star Wars' in a way that I hadn't felt in 32 years [since 1983's Return Of The Jedi]," Pegg added. "It was genuinely magical."

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Star Wars: The Force Awakens is set for release in the UK on December 17 and in the US a day later. It takes place 30 years after the events of Return Of The Jedi, though specific plot details are being kept tightly under wraps.

The film's script was penned by director JJ Abrams, Toy Story 3 writer Michael Arndt and Star Wars franchise veteran Lawrence Kasdan.

Alongside new stars Daisy Ridley, Lupita Nyong'o and the returning trio of Harrison Ford, Mark Hamill and Carrie Fisher, the film's cast includes Oscar Isaac, Adam Driver, Domhnall Gleeson, Max von Sydow and Andy Serkis.

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