WARNING! STAR WARS: THE LAST JEDI SPOILERS IN THIS ARTICLE.
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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