‘The Last Jedi’: Mark Hamill Came Up With 1 of the Best Moments in the Film
Star Wars: The Last Jedi has now been released on digital. The movie comes with some great special features, including a behind-the-scenes documentary and commentary by Rian Johnson. Thanks to these features, we’ve just learned some fascinating secrets about the film.
One of the most interesting is the fact that Mark Hamill came up with one of the best little moments in the film; Daisy Ridley contributed a great idea of her own as well. Plus, someone broke their nose on the set during a surprising scene.
Here’s a look at some of the most interesting pieces of information we just learned about The Last Jedi via the director’s commentary, including Hamill’s unexpected contribution.
1. ‘It’s time for the Jedi to end’ wasn’t the original line
Luke Skywalker saying “it’s time for the Jedi to end” became one of the most iconic lines of The Last Jedi, mainly because it was used prominently in the teaser trailer. But this actually wasn’t what Luke originally said.
Rian Johnson explained on the Last Jedi commentary that Luke originally had a line that was less concise, but the Lucasfilm crew that edited the trailer decided to cut it down to “it’s time for the Jedi to end.” Johnson decided he liked this better, and so he went in and changed the line in the actual film.
Johnson didn’t say what the original line was. But in the novelization, Luke says, “It’s time for all of this to end,” so it’s possible that’s what he originally said.
Next: This surprising injury took place on the film during a key scene.
2. A stuntman broke his nose during the scene where Hux falls
There’s a hilarious moment early on in the movie where Supreme Leader Snoke tosses Hux to the ground after the Resistance manages to take down a Dreadnought.
As you would imagine, that wasn’t really Domhnall Gleeson falling; it was a stuntman. But what we didn’t know until this feature commentary was that the stuntman actually broke his nose during this scene.
“I always flinch when I see that,” Johnson said while watching Hux fall.
Next: One great action scene in the movie almost had this monster in it.
3. The Falcon originally ran into a crystal monster on Crait
During the Battle of Crait, Rey and Chewie draw off the TIE fighters and are pursued through the planet’s crystalline caverns. In the movie, this is just a basic chase sequence. But Johnson revealed on the commentary that originally, the Falcon actually ran into a monster during this scene.
“There was originally a whole sequence where there was a massive crystal monster that almost ate them,” Johnson said. “Another one of those things where you have to just pare it down to basics.”
Next: The great idea that Daisy Ridley contributed to the film.
4. Daisy Ridley came up with the idea of having Phasma look normal under the helmet
At the conclusion of the fight sequence between Finn and Captain Phasma, we see under Phasma’s mask. Though we might expect her to look like some sort of monster, underneath the helmet is just a perfectly normal looking woman.
Johnson revealed on the movie’s commentary that this idea was proposed by Daisy Ridley, who plays Rey. He said:
When we were talking about having the mask shattered and seeing through, there was a lot of discussion about what Phasma’s eye should look like. It was actually Daisy — I was talking to Daisy about it, and she was like, ‘I think it should just be normal, like a beautiful eye.’ And that was the most intriguing idea to me. The idea that you see behind this mask and it’s not something monstrous. It’s something very human.
Next: Mark Hamill came up with this moment, which is one of the best in the film.
5. Mark Hamill came up with the idea for Luke to kiss Leia on the forehead
Maybe the best scene in The Last Jedi is the conversation between Luke and Leia on Crait. We already knew that Carrie Fisher contributed to this, adding the line, “I know what you’re going to say: I changed my hair.” But it turns out, Hamill contributed to it as well, and he suggested the best part of the scene.
Johnson revealed on the Last Jedi commentary that it was Hamill’s idea for Luke to kiss Leia on the forehead at the end of their conversation. “The moment at the end where Mark stands up and kisses her forehead, that’s something he came up with during rehearsals,” Johnson explained. “He just said, ‘I feel like I want to do this.’ God, I’m so happy he did.”
Next: This character originally had a totally different role.
6. Maz Kanata originally had more to do
It was a bit surprising that Maz Kanata had so little to do in The Last Jedi; all she does is send Rose and Finn off on their mission to Canto Bight. But apparently, she originally had a larger role than that.
“In early drafts of the script, there was more Maz in it,” Johnson said. “Originally, I had her actually on the cruiser. I just slowly found as I was writing it that so much of the stuff I had her doing, especially as the script got bigger and bigger … I could be more economical if I gave those beats to our main characters.”
Johnson also said that he loves the character of Maz and wishes he could have worked with Lupita Nyong’o more.
Next: This hilarious fact about Laura Dern’s performance is just downright delightful.
7. Laura Dern can be seen saying “pew” when she fires her weapon
We found out during the promotion of The Last Jedi that Laura Dern is a huge Star Wars fan. Apparently, she couldn’t help herself from saying “pew” every time she shot her gun.
“There you can see Laura say ‘pew’ when she fires the gun, which she could never not do every time she shot it,” Johnson says on the commentary.
In fact, Johnson points out that you can see Dern mouthing “pew” on screen in the actual movie; it’s during the scene where Holdo fires her weapon after being held at gunpoint during the attempted coup. This isn’t something that most people noticed in the theater, but watching it on home video, it’s incredibly easy to spot.
Next: Johnson has an interesting interpretation of this key moment.
8. Luke brushing his shoulder might be a callback to something during his training with Kylo
After the First Order repeatedly shoots Luke for a comical amount of time, he emerges perfectly intact, brushing his shoulder while staring directly at Kylo.
Johnson had an interesting observation about this scene on the commentary: he suggested that this might have been a reference to something that happened between Kylo and Luke during their training, meaning Luke was getting under his nephew’s skin even more than we thought.
“I like the idea that that’s kind of an unreferenced callback to something in their training that they had together or something like that,” Johnson said.
Next: This character’s personality was a lot different in the early drafts.
9. Rose’s personality was originally a lot different
When we first meet Rose Tico, it’s immediately clear that she’s a very different character than we normally see in a Star Wars movie. She’s a lot more of an audience surrogate than usual, as she freaks out after seeing Finn because she’s a huge fan of his. But this idea came fairly late in the process.
“Originally, Rose was kind of … I thought of her more as sort of a grumpy, Eeyore type,” Johnson said. “And once we got Kelly in the part, her spirit started to infect it. Even this thing where she’s a fan of Finn’s, this was a fairly late re-write … originally she was much more suspicious of Finn, and I rewrote it to more reflect Kelly’s spirit and personality.”
Next: One action sequence in the film was inspired by this piece of Star Wars history.
10. The Crait chase sequence is an homage to the original Star Tours
Going back to the cavern sequence on Crait, it turns out that this was actually an homage to Disney’s Star Tours ride. In the original version of the ride, which closed in 2010, the ship goes through a comet, which does look a lot like the center of Crait except if it were blue instead of red.
Johnson makes clear on the commentary that this similarity was intentional. Funnily enough, the cavern sequence from The Last Jedi has since been added to Star Tours, so things have come full circle.
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