– by Emmanuel Gomez


One of the most interesting characters in Star Wars: The Last Jedi is the character played by Benicio del Toro, known as DJ. His character is a slicer or hacker for a moment helps Finn, Rose and BB-8 escape Canto Bight. Of course, before the end of the second act, it’s convenient for him to betray them and sell them out to the First Order.

For a moment some had compared his character to Lando Calrissian because of his heel turn, but by the end of the sequence, we clearly get the message that he is nothing more than a cynical, opportunistic survivor looking out for himself. But why is his character named “DJ”?

According to the Star Wars The Last Jedi The Visual Dictionary, “DJ” are not his initials but actually stands for “Don’t Join”, something that we also see stamped on his cap in the film. The book states that “DJ insists he’s the only one honest enough to openly acknowledge what he wants, and just how far he’ll go to get it.”

IGN also reports another book that ties in with the film, The Art of Star Wars: The Last Jedi that reveals that his motto was inspired by a 1978 promotional poster from an album called Armed Forces by English punk/new wave musicians Elvis Costello and the Attractions. Director for Star Wars: The Last Jedi Rian Johnson said that he “always loved that phrase.”

It’s also worth noting that DJ literally said “don’t join” when discussing both The First Order and the Resistance. Certainly seems fitting for the character.

DJ’s character definitely stirred some mixed reactions from audiences as he left Finn and Rose to die for his personal gain and I would look forward to seeing him pop up in the next film. Especially after the conversation that he had with Finn in the stolen ship. What did you think of DJ? Let us know below!

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Source: IGN

  • Neil Pye

    Enough with the Star Wars shit. I mildly enjoyed the last movie. Now it’s starting to piss me off, with everyone nit-picking every last frame and how it defends their personal opinions of the flick. You either liked it or you didn’t. Now can we all just shut the fuck up about it already? There’s other things going on in entertainment I would like to know about

    • newscynic

      Best advice would be to avoid clicking on the articles about Star Wars and then reading them. It seems like it will just work you up and who needs that at the holidays? For me, I am REALLY ambivalent about the movie. I love it and hate it at the same time and am very interested in what others have to say.

      • Kindofabigdeal

        You and me both.
        don’t worry about the other guy. He accidentally got pie on his knee while kneeling.

      • secretAGENTman

        Best advice is not to tell others not to click on something, and comment if they want to. Just because somebody doesn’t have a high opinion of something doesn’t mean it is not relevant. Just the opposite. Sometimes the most negative reaction to a subject or topic or situation is the most refreshing and most likely to be the catalyst for change for a betterment of that circumstance or situation. Bear that in mind friend. Or don’t. That’s the point your opinion is valid as well. Everyone says good bad or neutral.

        • darkwingschmuck

          I dont mind a negative opinion if they can back it up. It just pisses me off when they say its shit. Its garbage. And nothing else you know

          • secretAGENTman

            Truly, verily and I concur goodly darkwing! 🙂

            Additionally it is vexing, since he is fairly polite about it. I cannot hate on the fellow. Sigh…

            My rage is extinguished!

            Oh well, Happy Holidays.

          • darkwingschmuck

            Same to you

  • Moby85

    I found DJ inoffensive but not really memorable or important. Because he wasn’t. I did like that he didn’t switch back to “good” for the sake of warming hearts or some crap like that. That’s not how life works. Some people are irredeemable as much as today’s dominant culture tries to tell you there’s a lovey care bear inside each and every one of us.

    • Kindofabigdeal

      I want to see a movie where DJ and a character played by Johnny Depp go on a drug binge through the galaxy, talking about their counter culture response to the first Galactic Civil War, to their apathy towards getting involved with the current struggle, to terrifying the help at every hotel they stop at.

      • Weresmurf

        “Fear and Loathing in Mos Eisley” Oh man I’d pay to see that 😀

  • Astroboy3000

    Star Wars is dumb.

    • darkwingschmuck

      You are dumb, you dumb dummy! Dummy Von Dumbstein from Dumbtroit! Have a good day, Dummy!

      • Astroboy3000

        In the battle between Star Wars & Star Trek, the correct answer is Starship Troopers

        • armyof100clowns

          The correct answer is I’ve fallen and I can’t get up.