If you haven’t seen ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ yet and don’t want to be spoiled, then I commend you for your bravery in even going online, but you don’t want to read after the break: there are some spoilers!
I will “out” myself right now: I had NO idea Han Solo was going to die. I was shocked and gutted when Kylo Ren took another step into the Dark Side with the murder of his own father. And I had no idea Kylo Ren would be Han Solo and Leia’s son. I did have an inkling about Rey and Luke, so I wasn’t completely clueless, but there were plenty of surprises for me- LOL.
It turns out J.J. Abrams originally planned a higher body count, however: pilot Poe Dameron wasn’t supposed to survive to the end of ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens.’ Oscar Isaac explained in an interview that he and J.J. met in a Paris cafe where the director did his best to “sell” him on the role.
He’s amazing!” said Abrams.
“Sounds good!” thought Isaac, whose first experience in a movie theater had been seeing ‘The Empire Strikes Back.’
“He opens the whole movie!” said Abrams.
“Sounds great!” thought Isaac.
“And then,” Abrams went on. “He dies.”
“Oh,” thought Isaac.
Talk about disappointing! Luckily, Oscar didn’t let that deter him from accepting the part.
I went back home [to New York], and I thought about it. Then I wrote him and said, ‘Okay. I’ll do it!’ I figured it would be a cameo: I’ll come in, do my thing, and maybe it’s actually better not to have to sign myself up for three movies.”
However, it turns out J.J. had made some changes to the story. He wrote back:
Never mind. I’ve figured it out. You’re in the whole movie now.”
And that’s what can happen when you take opportunities that may not be exactly what you want! I’m glad J.J. did figure it out: I loved Poe!
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