Minor SPOILERS ahead for Star Wars: The Last Jedi! You’ve been warned, though they are minor.
One of my favorite parts of The Last Jedi was the “force connection” that Kylo Ren and Rey shared that allowed them to speak as if they were in the same room, even though they were on different planets/battle stations. For me, it was the coolest development in force powers since the Emperor first shot lightning bolts from his fingers in Return of the Jedi.
Handled incorrectly, these moments could have been among the cheesiest in the film, but as directed by Rian Johnson, they served as the most captivating scenes in the film.
So, what was the secret? How could scenes between two characters on opposite sides of that galaxy far, far away be so intimate? Johnson explained to People that if it feels like the pair in the same room together, it’s because the actors really were:
“For those force connections, I needed them to talk. 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.”
“Every single time we shot one of their sides, the other person was off camera. 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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