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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