British actor Jeremy Irons has blasted Star Wars mastermind George Lucas for using computer-generated imagery (CGI) simply for the purpose of wowing audiences with unreal scenery.

The veteran star of film and theatre accepts advancements in technology mean the art of movie-making is forever changing, but he's urged young directors to focus more on characters and plotlines than CGI.

And Irons pinpoints Lucas as a prime example of everything that's wrong with the use of computer images in film.

He tells Britain's EMPIRE magazine, "Computers are now working so seamlessly with action and you have characters that you care about.

"So we've been through that age - hopefully, George Lucas - where all you care about are the computer images, and don't give a f**k about the story or the characters."

29/03/2005 08:58