One of the things I liked about the sequel trilogy for Star Wars (and there’s not much) was that they took relatively unknown upcoming actors for the main lead roles. The likes of John Boyega, Daisy Ridley and Oscar Isaac are now household names, but prior to The Force Awakens in 2015 I had only come across Boyega as an actor. And this fits with the way they made the original trilogy as well, and those lead stars went on to become cinema icons.
I guess the pressure for these new stars must have been tremendous considering unlike Ford, Hamill, and Fisher before them, you know Star Wars is going to be massive and picked apart from fans like us. With this in mind, Daisy Ridley recently talked about how she almost quit The Force Awakens because she couldn’t handle the experience when chatting on the HappySadConfused Podcast.
“It was pretty horrid. It was really scary. I felt just sick and I didn’t really know anyone yet. It takes me a really long time to settle down with people. And I do remember being behind the speeder and there were loads of people there and somebody had an umbrella over me and even that, like, ‘Oh someone’s holding an umbrella over you? OK.’ And I remember thinking, ‘I can’t do it.’ Like I can’t do this, this is not right.”
I never really thought about it, having no experience of such things, how weird would it be to suddenly be the lead star of a new Star Wars film and have people fawning over you and putting themselves out to make sure you are not too hot or your make up remains perfect etc. It must be a completely surreal experience, even for a trained actor?
Of course, now Ridley is on the homestretch of her Star Wars trilogy as Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker ends the Skywalker Saga for good on December this year. This movie will make a lot of money either way, but will it be accepted by fans, especially those that didn’t get on with previous movie The Last Jedi? That all remains to be seen, but even if it doesn’t work for me, I think they cast the three younger leads well and all three should come out of this trilogy with their heads held high, as the performances themselves have been good throughout thus far.
What do you think of Ridley’s comments, do you think she was the right person to play the character of Rey? Ignite your sabers and….have a quiet chat with other fans in the comments spot below.
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