Wednesday, September 2, 2015

JJ Abrams Talks 'The Force Awakens' Pressure and Thrills

By: Dominic Jones

Star Wars: Episode VII The Force Awakens director recently sat down with the Associated Press to discuss the upcoming film.  While he didn't reveal anything new about the film's plot or characters, he did discuss what it was like to be on the set and about the pressure of inheriting such a beloved franchise.

On directing a Star Wars movie, Abrams said,
“That was a constant in the production of the movie: moments where we would all look around and realize what we were doing and gasp a little bit and then dive back in.  When you’re on the set of the Millennium Falcon or staring into the eyes of C3PO giving direction, it’s pretty easy to have that fanatic part of you bubble up. But our job was to be there to tell this story, not to be a fanboy.”

Abrams also discussed the conversations he had with Lucasfilm President Kathleen Kennedy which inspired him to take the job, saying,
“She and I were talking about what this world would be, this universe, nearly 40 years after Episode Six and the idea that these characters would have lived on. And yet there would have been this new generation that may not know at all who these characters were, or had heard of them but not necessarily believed that they were real.  It felt like such fertile ground.”

And finally, on the pressure of working in a galaxy beloved by so many, Abrams said,
“It is on the one hand incredibly and understandably stressful because you’ve got the anticipation and expectation that comes with this world that George created.  And on the other hand, it’s something that I would never complain about or look at as a negative because it is excitement and anticipation and passion for this world that got me excited not just to be involved with this movie but be involved with moviemaking.”

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