Samuel L Jackson on ‘The Force Awakens’: ‘I think the kids need to go to lightsaber fight school’

The Disney movie has become the top earning box office smash in the US

Samuel L Jackson has criticised the lightsaber battles in Star Wars: The Force Awakens, saying the “kids need to go to lightsaber school”.

Jackson, who played Jedi Master Mace Windu in the Star Wars prequels, hailed the new JJ Abrams movie but said he was disappointed with John Boyega, Adam Driver and Daisy Ridley’s fighting skills, in a video interview with Popcorn which you can watch below.

He said: It’s done in the spirit of the Star Wars films. It’s got the same spirit, it’s adventuresome, it’s exciting in a way. I think the kids need to go to lightsaber fight school but that’s just me… They got time to get better.”


The movie has become the top-earning film of all time in the US and Canada.

Disney today (January 7) confirmed that the film has overtaken Avatar to take the title having broken the animated film’s previous earnings record of £520m.

Avatar remains the highest-grossing film of all time globally, having made £1.87 billion since its 2009 release. However, that could change when The Force Awakens is released in China later this month.

Disney thanked fans of the franchise for their success, saying that without them “there is no Star Wars.”

“There has indeed been an awakening – and it’s all thanks to you,” Disney added.


Earlier this week The Force Awakens was declared the biggest film of 2015 at the UK box office with the all-time number one record likely to follow.

The film overtook Spectre to be named as the film which earned the most money in the UK through 2015. The Force Awakens has taken £97.6m in Britain and Ireland, over £4m more than the James Bond film’s £93.5m.

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