Warning: spoilers ahead….
Fans of those captivating Force connection scenes between Rey and Kylo Ren will be happy to know that the actors went to great lengths to make those scenes as intriguing as possible — including flying to another country just to be off camera for each other. Director Rian Johnson recently revealed the secrets behind those successful scenes, his thoughts on launching the great romantic tragedy of Star Wars times, and what they might mean for the next installment of the franchise.
“For those force connections, I needed them to talk,” Johnson tells PEOPLE. “And I thought that the hardest thing that Rey could possibly be faced with is being forced to talk to this person that she completely despises. And also the audience, we hate him coming into it. She had to be our proxy and so that’s why in those first few conversations, she is just spitting in his face.”
Johnson says that the key to the actors’ chemistry in those scenes was that they were both physically present on set for each other.
“Every single time we shot one of their sides, the other person was off camera,” he explains. “Even to the point where Adam flew to Ireland just to be off camera for Daisy’s stuff, which was essential because they’re such intimate conversations. And that also meant we had to shoot each of those scenes twice basically, which meant the rehearsal time was really important. And my editor Bob Ducsay did an amazing job then of making it feel kind of seamless after the fact.”
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