Recutting Star Wars Made Topher Grace a Better Actor

LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 14: Actor Topher Grace arrives at the 2012 Art of Elysium Heaven Gala at Union Station on January 14, 2012 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by John Shearer/Getty Images for Art of Elysium) Photo: John Shearer/2012 Getty Images

What motivated Topher Grace to fan-edit all three Star Wars prequels into a single 85-minute movie? "It has helped my acting — editing something that didn't have me in it," he tells HuffPo. "There's this expression that it's written three times: during the script, when you're filming it and when you're editing it. And I believe that's wrong. I think it's written once, in editing — and everything is clay for that. And I wanted to learn about it — I thought it would be neat." But while fanboys may have delighted in a Star Wars movie that omits Jake Lloyd and Jar-Jar, will they get behind Grace's next project? "I want to do Close Encounters — just a faster-paced one." Who needs all five tones anyway?