Friday, November 13, 2015

JJ Abrams and Domhnall Gleeson Talk General Hux and Starkiller Base

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By: Dominic Jones

Entertainment Weekly has released Anthony Breznican latest feature about Star Wars: Episode VII The Force Awakens, this one focusing on General Hux (played by Domhnall Gleeson), Starkiller Base, and the First Order in general, with interviews with Gleeson and JJ Abrams.

On the comparisons between Starkiller Base and the Death Star, Abrams said,
“It is very much — and it’s acknowledged as such in the movie — apparently another Death Star.  But what it’s capable of, how it works, and what the threat is, is far greater than what the Death Star could have done. Starkiller Base is another step forward, technologically speaking, in terms of power.”

On how Hux reached the title of general at such a young age, Gleeson (who's 32) said,
“You don’t get that high up in your life that quickly unless you’re pretty ruthless. You have to put a few people down on the way to get there.” 

On why Hux is involved with the First Order, Gleeson said,
“It’s in the title: order. It’s a desire to lump everything in its place and just have power. The desire for power is hugely motivating for a lot of people and normally the people who want all the power are not the ones who should have it.”

And finally, on Hux's relationship with Kylo Ren, Gleeson told EW,
“He’s kind of opposite Kylo Ren. They have their own relationship, which is individual and unusual. One of them is strong in different ways than the other. They’re both vying for power.”

That's some pretty interesting insight into Hux from Gleeson.  I'm really intrigued to see what his relationship with Kylo is like, it sounds like it will be tense!  I also like that Abrams says that Starkiller Base is acknowledged as being a re-imagining of the Death Star in the film.  It shows that both the characters and the crew are aware of the past.


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