Star Wars: The Force Awakens had one of the largest productions of all time, as its budget ultimately clocked in at $200 million. Obviously, this included some gargantuan action sequences that took months to orchestrate.
But there was one aspect of Star Wars: The Force Awakens that probably looked rather simply that actually took 3 months to complete. This was the instant bread that Rey eats early on in Star Wars: The Force Awakens, which it’s now been revealed was actually real. Like, you could have actually eaten it, which is what Daisy Ridley did.
The scene in question sees Rey receiving her one-quarter portion and then heading back to the dilapidated AT&T that she now calls home, which had been destroyed in the Battle Of Jakku. Rey put the dried out bread into a pan, added some water and heat, which then provoked it to grow into a loaf.
Audiences could probably have been forgiven for assuming that movie magic was used to create the on-screen bread. But Chris Corbould, who worked as the VFX Supervisor on The Force Awakens, has now not only admitted to MTV News that creating this bread was actually quite a bit of hassle, but he has admitted that, even though it was only in the film for less than five seconds, it actually took around “three months” to develop and create the bread.
Corbould admitted that most of this time was spent on the look of the bread, before he then spoke about the process of creating the joke, and why it took so long.
“You wouldn’t believe how long it took to actually perfect that one, that little tiny gag in the film,” Corbould, who will be returning as VFX Supervisor in Rogue One and Episode VIII, remarked. “It started off with the mechanics of getting the bread to rise and the liquid to disappear, but then there was the ongoing problem of what color should the bread be? What consistency should it be? Should it have cracks in it? Should it not have cracks in it?”
However, Chris Corbould was quick to insist that you wouldn’t want to eat the bread that they created, revealing that it didn’t have any real taste or nutritional value at all. Basically, he admitted that Daisy Ridley, who played Rey in Star Wars: The Force Awakens, a character she will reprise in Episodes 8 & 9, had to choke down the bread in order to make it.
There are going to be quite a lot of people that will be disappointed to hear about how disgusting the instant bread actually is. That’s because it got a lot of love from audiences after Star Wars: The Force Awakens, with many viewers taking to the internet to insist that they wanted the instant bread to soon become a reality.
Honestly one of my favorite parts of TFA is Rey’s instant bread.
— Jonny Woodbury (@JonnyWoodbury) December 27, 2015
The scene in which Rey makes that bread is probably better than most movies. Like, the one scene. Most whole movies. Probably.
— Eric Bailey (@Nintendo_Legend) January 8, 2016
I know Rey’s life on Jakku was pretty miserable, but I’d kill for some of that instant bread she had.
— Eli Williams (@elijah_williams) January 5, 2016
Chris Corbould will have his work cut out trying to top the instant bread in Star Wars: Episode VIII and Star Wars: Episode IX, which are due out in May 2017 and May 2019, respectively.
[Image via Lucasfilm]