Why Anderson Cooper Walked Out Of Star Wars: The Last Jedi

anderson cooper walks out of star wars the last jedi

A lot of people have seen Star Wars: The Last Jedi over the last couple of weeks. Some of those fans have even already caught the movie more than once; however, Anderson Cooper is not one of them. He recently copped to paying for Star Wars: The Last Jedi, making it all the way to the theater to watch the flick and then even sitting down for a chunk of the film before deciding to leave the theater. Regardless, if you were guessing he made this decision because of the polarizing nature of the new Star Wars movie, you would be wrong. Instead he told Stephen Colbert,

I actually saw it last night and I walked out. I know, I'm sorry. I got a lot going on. I had a lot of work to do, I had a lot on my mind. It wasn't in protest. I'm gonna go see it again. I just, I had too much in my head. I went down to the theater on 23rd Street, about 45 minutes in, yeah, I was like, 'I'm not giving this the attention it deserves.' This deserved my attention; I'm not giving it my attention.

It's a new year, and with the first quarter of 2018 should come a lot of planning for the rest of 2018. I don't know exactly what all Anderson Cooper is juggling right now, but he took a break from his work on Anderson Cooper 360 in order to do the New Year's special with Andy Cohen and also take a holiday trip with his partner Benjamin Maisani. He only recently had the time to catch Star Wars: The Last Jedi, and when he did, all he could think about was work. As he feels Rian Johnson's new movie deserved his full attention, he told Stephen Colbert he decided to walk out. Presumably, he'll catch the flick later.

If you watch the lengthy clip from The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, you should be able to see that even the late night host was surprised that Anderson Cooper said he walked out because his attention was divided. He previously was talking about the funny way his partner and his partner's family make a "meh" face without seemingly being aware of it. So, when Stephen Colbert asked him how he felt about Star Wars: The Last Jedi, he made the same "meh" face before launching into the explanation for why he walked out. You can check out the full exchange for yourself, below.

Anderson Cooper may not have made it all the way through Star Wars Episode VIII: The Last Jedi, but he did sit all the way though I, Tonya and had nothing but praise for the Margot Robbie starrer. Both movies are still in theaters, so if they don't seem like the type of flicks you would walk out of check them out. And take a look at what is coming in 2018 with our full schedule.

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