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'Star Wars: Episode I' wasn't very good, says Peter Serafinowicz

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Peter Serafinowicz has admitted that he was not a fan of Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace.

The comedian and actor provided the voice of villain Darth Maul in the prequel to the hit sci-fi trilogy, which received mixed reviews on release in 1999.

"I was very disappointed when the film actually came out, because I didn't think it was very good!" Serafinowicz told Digital Spy. "But it was certainly an extremely exciting thing to be a part of.

"Particularly now, because I'm a big Star Wars fan and my little boy loves it. I think it's thrilling for him. He kind of understands that I'm the voice of Darth Maul.

"It's a very weird thing. I'm the voice of Driver Dan on CBeebies and he can understand that more. It's a hard concept, I only just barely understand it myself, and I'm 39! It certainly is nice to be part of the whole Star Wars universe."

Asked if he joked about the film with Simon Pegg, whose Spaced character Tim famously hated the film, Serafinowicz added: "Yeah, sure! I think I rang him from New York and we'd only just become friends then. I said 'Simon, I'm sorry, it's really s**t'. Yeah, it was something that we bonded over.

"It was a real shame, because I think the first Star Wars film is my favourite film ever. That would be my desert island film. For me it's got everything. There's not a beat wrong in that film.

"It's a testament to the resilience of the Star Wars universe itself, that even with all the tweaks and whatever that George Lucas has done to the original film, and all the inferior prequels, that the universe still manages to be so exciting and cool and endures."

Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace has been converted into 3D and will be rereleased on February 10, 2012.

> Read our full interview with Peter Serafinowicz
> Star Wars: The Phantom Menace 3D poster unveiled - picture

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