A filmmaker mashed up ‘Star Wars: Attack of the Clones’ and ‘The Nice Guys’

Lachlan Goddard-Callins is a film student and the mastermind behind Imperator Cuts, an Instagram and YouTube channel devoted to recutting trailers with a humorous twist. The Melbourne-based editor is a fan of mashups.

Goddard-Callins isn’t afraid to combine two things that seemingly don’t go together and meshing them into something that does.

Whether it’s mixing the footage of “Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith” with the thematic beats of “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood” or putting a whimsical, comedic “Jojo Rabbit” spin on “Thor: Ragnarok,” he somehow makes it work. The most recent entry to the Imperator Cuts cannon is a mix of “Star Wars: Attack of the Clones” and “The Nice Guys” — called, of course, “The Nice Jedi.”

“The Nice Guys” is a 2016 dark comedy starring Ryan Gosling and Russell Crowe as a crime-busting duo investigating the disappearance of a young woman. The original trailer plays up the crude and violent nature of its leads for laughs. It’s the kind of cheeky, sleek trailer that promises a wild romp is in store.

Meanwhile, George Lucas’ iconic 2002 space opera starring Hayden Christensen and Ewan McGregor, about intergalactic civil war, plays on the plot’s earnest melodrama. 

After Goddard-Callins recuts the “Star Wars” footage it feels more like a buddy comedy between the two leads. Instead of casting Anakin Skywalker as a conflicted, budding supervillain and Obi-Wan Kenobi as his wet blanket chaperone, the trailer tells the story of a motley crew on a mission where wackiness ensues. 

The Nice Jedi” trailer was watched more than 275,000 on YouTube. 

“Your edits are very impressive, you must be very proud,” one person commented

“I’m a rare lover of ‘Attack of the Clones’ because THIS is how I see the movie: a buddy detective flick in space,” another added.

“I would love to see a ‘Star Wars’ movie with this tone, it would be perfect,” one user wrote.

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