Last week, a photo of a tearful Kevin Smith made the rounds on the Internet. The beloved filmmaker hadn’t just lost a loved one or anything like that – he’d just come off the set of Star Wars: Episode VII and was so moved by what he’d seen that the picture seemed the perfect summation of the experience.
Smith told folks that he’d signed a nondisclosure agreement, so he couldn’t really tell you what he’d seen during that visit with J.J. Abrams – but anyone who knows Smith realizes being quiet isn’t one his strengths, and Smith broke down and talked a bit about the experience during a Q&A session at the Neuchatel International Film Festival in Switzerland.
The Clerks filmmaker is probably not going to get into any legal trouble for what he said during his talk, but it should help convince skeptical fans that Abrams is on the right path with this new installment. He goes on to explain why he thinks this newest entry will be more appealing than the prequels:
“As I walked up that ramp I realized that the something that was missing from those other movies (the prequels) and it's now in these movies. And it’s not the obvious like hey the Millennium Falcon or hey the characters that we know are returning. It’s something else entirely — he’s building a tactile world, a world you can touch. And he’s replicating with all the love of someone who has the world’s greatest collection of Star Wars figures. And when you walk on that set man, I don’t know how else to describe it except thusly: you use another pop-culture reference to describe this pop-culture phenomenon. It’s like the field of dreams, the Kevin Costner movie. And if J.J. builds it, we’re all going to come hard, because it’s amazing. It looks fantastic. So anyone out there wondering if hes going to pull it off, he's pulling it off. He showed me cut scenes, he showed me sequences, images, pictures. I cried and I hugged that guy. And I’m sure as I was crying and hugging on him that he was thinking 'time is money' because they're making a movie. But he got it. He was very flattered. And I was like 'Honestly dude, you’re doing it. You’re making my childhood again. You’re doing our Star Wars.' What I saw, blew me away.”
Smith had a lot more to say about the experience, which you can see in the video below. The Star Wars talk starts at 35 minutes in. [via /Film]
If you’re wondering what Smith saw that moved him to tears, maybe this new fan-made video will help explain it all.
Enterprising YouTube user Frank Wunderlich has shared a very cool video showing various iconic Star Wars vehicles making use of the Frankfurt airport in Germany. AT-ATs stomp across the tarmac, Tie-Fighters buzz around in the air, and if you look closely you can see the distant moon of the Death Star floating in the background. Geek out over this awesomeness below.
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