UPDATE: TLJ EW Coverage Day 4: Rian Johnson and Andy Serkis Talk Snoke’s Motivations, and More on Porgs!
As promised, Anthony Breznican of Entertainment Weekly continues to bring us even more insight into Star Wars: The Last Jedi. In his first article today, he talks to actor Andy Serkis and the film’s director Rian Johnson about Snoke’s past and his motivations against the Republic.
EW’s article confirms some things that we already know about the Supreme Leader of the First Order. We know he is freakishly tall, and now we finally have a number to attach to that height. Breznican points out that Snoke is 9-feet tall. He goes on to talk about his relationship with his lieutenants Kylo Ren (played by Adam Driver) and General Hux (Domhnall Gleeson.)
“He’s a predator who identifies weakness and exploits it, drawing the young and promising to his side with promises of power, then using and discarding his protégés when they are no longer of use.”
One of the things that drives Snoke is his unquenchable rage against the Republic. He is an extremely powerful Force user, as we will witness in the film, who is only inhibited by his physicality and his vulnerabilities as a wounded individual. As Breznican points out, there are two kinds of people that deal with immense pain. One turns that pain to helping others avoid it themselves. The other magnifies that pain by inflicting it on others. Snoke is the latter.
“The thing about Snoke is that he is extremely strong with the Force, the dark side of the Force. He’s terribly powerful, of course. But he is also a very vulnerable and wounded character,” Serkis says. “He has suffered and he has suffered injury. The way that his malevolence comes out is in reaction to that. His hatred of the Resistance is fueled by what’s happened to him personally.”
We don’t know exactly what things Snoke has suffered to bring him to where he is, but it’s something that The Last Jedi will at least explore in part. The movie may not connect all of the dots with the character’s backstory, but we should be able to discount some theories and bring new life to others after the movie comes out.
“Similar to with Rey’s parentage, Snoke is here to serve a function in the story,” writer-director Rian Johnson says. “And, you know, a story is not a Wikipedia page.”
“For example, in the original trilogy, we didn’t know anything about the Emperor except exactly what we needed to know, which is what Luke knew about him, that he’s the evil guy behind Vader,” Johnson says. “But then in the prequels, you knew everything about Palpatine because that his rise to power was the story. We’ll learn exactly as much about Snoke as we need to. But the really exciting for me is we will see more of him, and Andy Serkis will get to do much more in this film than he did in the last one, and that guy is just a force of nature.”
In The Last Jedi, we will be seeing Snoke in the flesh for the first time, and it is in this movie that viewers can finally take in the full scope of his deformity.
“You witness his physicality,” Serkis says. “His body is kind of twisted up like a corkscrew, and so he has limited movement. His aggression and his anger is contained and restricted by that physicality.”
Serkis revealed a neat little trick he used during performance capture to make his face movements match Snoke’s features naturally.
“The only thing I did use was across his jaw,” Serkis says. “His jaw is completely mangled and the left side of his face is mauled. So I had a way of taping down the lefthand side of my mouth to restrict the lip movement on that side.”
Serkis also revealed the chilling real-world inspiration behind Snoke’s appearance.
“His deformity is very much based on injuries from the First World War, from the trenches,” Serkis says.
Revenge is only part of his motivation. Greed is another underlying factor – a greed that can be easily seen in his overt opulence. Perhaps due to his great suffering, Snoke indulges in the galaxy’s finer things (as witnessed by his shiny gold robe), a trait that contrasts him against the former Emperor.
“Oh, absolutely. He’s slightly oligarch,” Serkis says. “You know, he’s not afraid of showing his fineries. There is a luxury that’s native to him.”
“The way that his court is presented, he’s very totalitarian in that way and flamboyant,” Serkis says. “He enjoys that theatricality, I think.”
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Porg’s have dominated the merchandising push for The Last Jedi, capturing the hearts of people of all ages with their undeniable cuteness. But as John Boyega explains, it can be touch and go with porgs depending on how many you’re dealing with:
“I just remember doing some stuff and seeing a lot of porgs around,” John Boyega tells EW. “And they are interesting, but for me, I had a love/hate relationship with them. They’re very, very cute, but when you put them in a bunch, in holes, on the Millennium Falcon, that’s when they start to become really, really freaky. They’ve got real big eyes, all bunched together,” Boyega says. “There were, like, little tiny ones and little big ones that would just…yeah, it looks like a rash.”
Porgs sound like they kind of do what they want, and like any species, are protective of one another, but ultimately how protective can they be? We have a feeling they will learn to warm up to certain characters in The Last Jedi, perhaps a certain wookiee who recently lost his best friend.
Breznican closes out his coverage with a throwback to Gremlins, a very appropriate reference:
But they are cute. No question. So were Mogwai.
You can find Breznican’s full piece on his porg investigation at EW.
Jordan Pate is Co-Lead Editor and Senior Writer for Star Wars News Net, of which he is also a member of the book and comic review team. He loves all things Star Wars, but when he’s not spending time in the galaxy far far away, he might be found in our own galaxy hanging out in Gotham City or at 1407 Graymalkin Lane, Salem Center, NY.