– by Seth McDonald

Through the years, lightsaber duels in the Star Wars have often times been the highlights of the films. The original trilogy had a more medieval type technique to the duels, with Mark Hamill even saying that George Lucas told him the lightsabers were as heavy as Excalibur and needed two hands to wield.

Things have definitely changed over the years as far as lightsabers and how they are used. Daisy Ridley, the actresses that plays the new trilogy’s heroine, Rey, recently spoke with CinemaBlend about having to relive the frustration of the fight training for Star Wars: The Last Jedi in the recently released featurette:

“It was interesting, because watching the behind-the-scenes fighting thing, the fight scenes are really, really cool. I think it’s the one thing that I’m like, because you can just physically, it’s emotionally hard to do judge, to gauge when you’re in something. But physically, I worked really hard, and so looking at the fights I’m really happy with how it turned out. So watching the featurette, it was funny because you forget the frustration. And I think that’s a good thing. But it’s also weird because just before the film comes out, to see the frustration, I’m like… I don’t know if I would’ve preferred that afterwards, or whether it’s good now, so that was on odd thing.”

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Six in one hand, a half dozen in the other, Miss Ridley. It’s not easy to imagine what the actors go through both physically and mentally learning choreography such as this, the hours spent just learning the steps, and then likely even more hours to perfect it and make it screen ready.

I enjoyed the lightsaber fight in Star Wars: The Force Awakens, it wasn’t full of crazy acrobatics like the duels in the prequels, but to me, it had its own sort of style that made it unique from the other films. I enjoyed the setting of the duel in The Force Awakens most, nighttime, the snow falling, it was great.

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Source: CinemaBlend

  • Moby85

    It’s interesting in that I don’t get the sense that 30+ years ago actors were expected to be as physical with their roles. Stunt people were relied upon a lot more. Nowadays it seems to be a badge of honour for actors to want to do their own stunts.

    Taken to the extreme you have Tom Cruise who not only does all his own stunts – but some of the greatest stunts being done by anyone on film. From a dedication point of view, if you have The Matrix on DVD or Blu-Ray, see how hard Keanu Reeves trains for his roles.

    • Saranac

      I agree. When film first started they did a lot of their own stunts, then stars were made and they relied on camera moves and more stuntmen, it’s been a long time since actors had to always be on camera – and think with CGI many don’t want their roles taken…

    • Victor Roa

      hmmmmmm depends….. I don’t know man. Because Mark Hamill did all his stuns in Empire and Jedi. But I think the industry was mixed back then especially when it was chasing for the Stallone and Arnold muscle men but Jackie Chan Meals on Wheels and Armor of God were right around the corner….. and then on top of that, Cruise’s stunts are very blatantly a view of “I’M NOT GETTING OLDER!” insert running montage here.
      I mean I think you raised an interesting question but…… I do think this image alone is what I love
      I mean why risk it on a flip when you can have your actor sitting in his trailer on his cell phone
      I feel like, you do pose an interesting question about the industry. It’s a badge of honor but then why risk it, like Danny Trejo even said recently “why risk production over a stunt, let the other guys do it.”

  • Bruce Norris

    Jedi should be more Japanese/samurai in their fighting style.

    Sith should be more Chinese/Wushu.

    The idea is for one to be flamboyant and intimidating while the other is grounded and more methodical.