Today’s Entertainment Weekly behind-the-scenes story to celebrate the release of The Force Awakens on Blu-ray features director J.J. Abrams commenting on the table of ashes that Kylo Ren rests his helmet on.
“Sometimes bits and pieces of one scene end up being something that you use in another scene that you didn’t expect,” Abrams explained in a recent interview. “That’s always kind of fun, when you realize that something you’ve shot actually has a use you didn’t expect.”
Asked for an example, Abrams pointed to the scene in Starkiller Base where Adam Driver’s Kylo Ren is interrogating Daisy Ridley’s Rey and finally takes off his mask. The moment where he puts his mask down into that table of ash was meant for an early sequence.
“The backstory is, that that table has the ashes of the enemies he’s killed,” Abrams says. “That moment was actually shot for, and meant to be used in, the scene where he was talking to the Vader mask.”
Be sure to check out yesterday’s article about Mark Hamill and the table read if you missed reading it initially.