J.J. Abrams on the Missing Scenes from Star Wars: The Force Awakens
As we all noticed, there are at least several scenes seen in trailers and TV spots that were missing from the final cut of The Force Awakens. Now director J.J. Abrams explains why these scenes had to drop.
Some of the most apparent shots that were absent were Kylo Ren igniting his lightsaber in the forest and Maz Kanata handing Luke’s lightsaber to Leia. Here’s what Abrams told EW before the movie hit theaters:
“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,” he said during an interview at the Bad Robot offices just a day after locking picture.
“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 realize, for instance, that introducing the character there actually diminishes their power,” Abrams said. “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.”
That was a scene actually filmed, but we took out. At one point, Maz used to continue along with the characters back to the Resistance base, but we realized that she really had nothing to do there of value, except to be sitting around.
Lupita did film scenes on set for that sequence, but it felt it unnecessary. So we ended up leaving those things out.
How did it end up in the trailer? “The moment was nice and the people who cut the trailer didn’t give a s–t,” he said, before adding quickly: “I’m kidding.” When that shot was included in the April trailer, they were still planning to include the scene.