JJ Abrams Explains Deleted Scene In The Force Awakens

More and more these days advance trailers contain scenes that never make it into the final film, such as the famous “skydiving Thing” moment from Fantastic Four that looked more exciting than anything that made it into the actual film. Eagle-eyed Star Wars fans quickly spotted that a brief shot of what looked like Maz handing Leia Luke’s lightsaber in one of the Force Awakens trailer was absent from the cinematic cut.

Cut!

Cut!

Talking to Entertainment Weekly, JJ Abrams confirms that, yes, that scene was filmed and cut, after a major bit of story rejigging:

“That was a scene actually filmed, but we took out,” says the director. “At one point, Maz used to continue along with the characters back to the Resistance base, but we realised that she really had nothing to do there of value, except to have her sitting around… Lupita did film scenes on set for that sequence, but it felt like going right just to go left, and it was unnecessary. So we ended up leaving those things out.

“Sometimes you discover that things you would have cut off a limb to shoot on the day are absolutely inconsequential, and in fact less impactful than if you were to remove it… As much as you try to kick the tires and write and shoot only what is necessary — no one wants to waste anyone’s time — when you’re in the editing room you realise, for instance, that introducing the character there actually diminishes their power. Or, giving that information actually distracts you from what you should be concentrating on. Or, having that moment happen concurrent with that moment actually gets in the way of both — things like that.”

••• In related news, The Force Awakens Monday haul of  $40.1 at the North American bix office smashed the record set by the previous Monday record holder, Spider-Man 2 with $27.7 million set by in the summer of 2004.

The film’s global total as of Monday stood at $610.8 million.


 

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