The Jimmy Kimmel Star Wars special brought the entire main cast out and into the hot seat. They answered all sorts of strange questions for this Jimmy Kimmel Star Wars special, and spoiled only an extremely tiny and insignificant film portion. But everybody was in a good mood and this was all in fun, so fans are likely to enjoy Star Wars once it is released next month, and now know more about the process that the cast and director went through to get involved with making this film.
Jimmy Kimmel brought in Peter Mayhew, Harrison Ford, John Boyega, Daisy Ridley, Carrie Fisher, Adam Driver, and J.J. Abrams himself. Also on hand were R2-D2 and a couple of stormtroopers.
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So many things happened over the course of the program. Han Solo arrived and prevented Chewbacca from jumping to his death outside of Jimmy Kimmel’s studio, in a touching scene. But Harrison Ford had already been on the show in previous weeks, and didn’t stay for long. They rekindled their friendship with the help of Adele’s hit song, “Hello.” J.J. Abrams talked more about how he was roped into doing the movie, despite wanting to take a break with family. He was also nervous about even touching the franchise, and nervous about the pressures from fans loyal to Star Wars who wouldn’t accept anything less than magnificence.
“I was only reluctant because, A, I loved the movie Star Wars so much. I loved the original trilogy. I was 11-years-old when I saw the first one. It had a profound impact on me. And so the idea of getting so close to something, kind of scared me a little bit. And also I had been working on a bunch of things, and Katy, my wife, and I had plans with the family to go away for a little while.”
As for what this Jimmy Kimmel Star Wars: The Force Awakens party revealed about the film content, well, the cast told everyone how much they weren’t allowed to spill any secrets over the course of production. They told how tight lipped they needed to be, and remained that way during the interview. As Entertainment Weekly reports, J.J. Abrams did reveal the first word of the film when prompted by Kimmel. That first word won’t be surprising or shocking to anyone who can grasp the English language.
John Boyega also told audience members on Jimmy Kimmel Live a great story about when he first found out he was cast.
“I think the most interesting thing was telling my dad. So I went home and I was like ‘Dad, I just been cast in Star Wars,’ and he was just like ‘Oh my god! You are in Star Wars? That is fantastic, I knew it!…What is Star Wars?’ “
As for footage, Abrams did show a fuller version of early scenes that have appeared in recent trailers. A more complete dialogue between Rey and Finn is shown, along with an explanation directly from Abrams about how exactly they wound up in the same place at the same time. It does fill in some information gaps as to the film’s early jumping-off point.
And yet another trailer appears during the special, albeit a funny parody. Of course, Jimmy Kimmel would have to make a romantic comedy version. Everyone expects Finn and Rey to fall in love anyway, so why not highlight that relationship the Jimmy Kimmel way? The full extent of their romance, or if that will even happen, is not totally certain, but after watching the Jimmy Kimmel Star Wars special, you wonder if the movie will actually be a science fiction comedy.
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