The Star Wars: The Force Awakens movie is coming out next week and according to People, Girls’ Adam Driver, Game of Thrones’ Gwendoline Christie, Harry Potter’s Domhnall Gleeson, and Hobbit’s Andy Serkis spoke in short about their villainous roles. Though one may question who the “real” bad guy is because in The Force Awakens, it seems to be quite nebulous. We may come across spoiler territory here. Not too much as the Star Wars actors kept their views brief.
At this point, it’s already rather well known that Adam Driver is the masked man who has decided to pick up where Darth Vader had left off. You may have even recognized him carrying the flaming light saber in the movie trailer. Now, Driver gives information about what his role is in The Force Awakens regarding the justification about what his character, Kylo Ren, does. Adam ascertains that it’s “more evil” to have this line of thinking, according to People.
“It was more what do you think is the difference between being bad and being right, which I think is a huge difference… That’s almost more evil, a group of people who decide that they’re morally justified for behaving a certain way. That’s how we kind of approached it and less like a bad person.”
This villain approach seems to be not uncommon in actors playing bad guys. A commonality to this is how Breaking Bad’s Walter White, played by Bryan Cranston, kept continuously rationalizing his atrocious behavior in the pursuit of his own “empire” of a mountain of green backs and some “Crystal Blue Persuasion.” AMC fans knew how that turned out. Same comparison, but in The Force Awakens it’s in a “galaxy far, far away” and of course, the “turn out” remains to be seen.
Captain Phasma, played by Christie, is said to be playing the silver suited storm trooper that commands an army of troops post-Darth Vader and Emperor death during the run of The First Order. LA Times reported that Lucasfilm Kathleen Kennedy talked about her character moving forward to Star Wars 8.
“She’s an important character, a baddie in the best sense of the word.”
According to Christie in The Force Awakens she says that Captain Phasma is a “bad a**” and found the villain to be comparable to Boba Fett from the original movie series.
“She is a Boba Fett-style character, striking and in command but not at the very forefront of the action always,” Christie says, comparing Phasma to the beloved bounty hunter from the original trilogy. “Other than that, all I can say is that she is badass.”
Domhnall, a supporting actor in The Force Awakens, plays the role of General Hux. He’s the base leader of the Star Killer base, but not too much is known about what he does, but iDigital Times mentions that the Hux character has “confidence in his troops.” Though his motivations are unknown, a BTS clip from Disney XD shows him giving dialogue in a tone suitable enough for the role.
Entertainment Weekly even cited Gleeson in an interview regarding Hux:
“There’s an air of superiority, and being better than those people around you. He’s pretty ruthless. A strong disciplinarian would be a mild way of putting it.”
People continued to report, that the Harry Potter actor even understated the attitude of the character, claiming that General Hux would like to bring a “little bit more order in the universe.”
Finally comes The Hobbit and new King Kong actor Andy Serkis. Most know him from his CGI stop-motion effects as Gollum and Caesar. He didn’t say much about his role as Supreme Leader Snoke, according People and he just mentions that “I’m involved in it” and nothing more. Although, chief of creature and droid effects, Neal Scanlan, had this to say:
“This character is much better executed as a CGI character. That’s just a practical reality when he’s 7-foot-something tall; he’s very, very thin.”
Serkis is a performance capture character in The Force Awakens, but according to Entertainment Weekly, has no idea what Snoke looks like. So even he is clueless many others in the blanket of Star Wars secrecy. Andy did talk about working with J.J. Abrams on Snoke and the evolution of the character. He mentioned about how Abrams had some “rough notions on how snoke was gonna look, but it really hadn’t been fully-formed and it almost came out of discussion and performance.” It’s a collaborative process between the film makers and the visual effects crew
So, who do you think will be the real “baddie” in Star Wars: The Force Awakens? Kylo Ren, General Phasma, General Hux, or Supreme Leader Snoke?
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