‘Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker’ General Pryde Actor Richard E. Grant Reacts to the Ending

Richard E. Grant made his Star Wars debut in The Rise of Skywalker as General Pryde. Too bad it was the end of the saga. That didn’t seem to bother the Oscar-nominated Grant though as he tweeted his reaction to the film’s conclusion after the cast and crew screening. He elaborated on his reaction at the press conference for the film on December 4.

Richard E. Grant as General Pryde
Richard E. Grant as General Pryde | Disney/Lucasfilm

General Pryde is the First Order’s latest lieutenant to Kylo Ren (Adam Driver) in the new film. A general spoiler warning for anyone who has not seen Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker yet and does not want to know anything about the film. Grant does not give spoilers, except for the fact that the film does indeed end.

He’s mean in ‘Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker’ but Richard E. Grant is a big softie in real life

General Pryde is as nasty as previous Star Wars villains like Grand Moffs Tarkin or Jerjerrod. He’s out to crush the Resistance with no compunction about blowing up entire planets with the Final Order’s new weapons. He’s even tougher than the sniveling General Hux (Domhnall Gleeson). Fortunately, that’s all acting.

Richard E. Grant recorded a video he tweeted on December 3 in which he got completely emotional about seeing Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker. In real life, he’s a sensitive fan just like anyone else.

“Nothing prepares you for this,” Grant said. “I cheered. I shouted. I fist pumped the air. I cried. I stood and cheered. It’s absolutely everything that you hoped it was going to be. I’m so proud to be in it and I can’t wait for you to see it.”

The following morning Grant commented on his Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker reaction tweet.

“I thought that Disney would sue me,” Grant said. “I think you’re not supposed to say anything about it but I didn’t tweet any spoilers about it at all.”

Richard E. Grant elaborated on his thoughts

Perhaps some context for Richard E. Grant’s emotional state was required. It turns out Grant has been a Star Wars fan as long as he’s been an actor. 

Rey in Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker
Rey (Daisy Ridley) in Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker | Lucasfilm/Disney

“Having seen the first one as a theater student when I was 20 years old, before any of the younger cast were even born, it’s an extraordinary emotional thing to see the passing of time that goes through all these movies,” Grant said. “This extraordinary summation of the whole story that delivers an emotional wallop at the end that I was totally unprepared for. I was wiped out and I barely slept so thank you for having me.”

Getting intellectual about ‘Star Wars’

There’s more to Star Wars than an adventure story. Literature professor and Hero’s Journey proponent Joseph Campbell analyzed Star Wars’ depiction of the hero’s journey in Bill Moyers’ 1988 The Power of Myth. Grant takes it even further when reflecting on the summation of the nine film saga.

“It felt really like a compilation of everything I’ve read: The Bible, Greek mythology, The Wizard of Oz, all rolled into one,” Grant said of Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker.