Johnson Talks Kylo Ren’s Beefcake Scene

One of the more unexpected talked about moments of “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” was that of Adam Driver’s Kylo Ren getting a big shirtless scene, a moment writer/director Rian Johnson refers to as his ‘beefcake’ scene.

Kylo Ren appears with his shirt off in the scene and Rey, force projecting herself into his quarters, is clearly uncomfortable and asks him to put something on. Johnson has previously revealed the scene was done to show the audience that their Force connection allows the two to not just hear each other, but see each other as well. He’s now elaborated on that with EW:

“It’s all about those Force connection scenes. The keyword being intimacy. And the idea that this was a way to just, why not step that up? The idea that, what’s even more uncomfortable having a conversation face to face with a person you don’t want to, is if they’re half-naked during it, while you’re having to do it. And so it was just another way of kind of disrobing Kylo literally and figuratively a little bit more, and pushing that sense of these conversations becoming increasingly more intimate.

Adam looks so damn good because he’d been training hardcore for the past six months for those fight scenes, I’m like, ‘Eh. He looks so good. We should put him up there.’ He’s great [and] he knew he looked good.”

Johnson also spoke about Gwendoline Christie’s Captain Phasma who, once again, has only a very small role here. He tells IGN that was deliberate:

“I mean, as you can see, man, we had a really full movie already. We had a big, big movie with a lot of characters we were trying to serve, and the God’s honest truth is, every character had to find their natural place. And Phasma supports Finn’s storyline, obviously, and there just… until she shows up to fight him at the end, look through the story that we have, there’s just not a lot of space to go into a big Phasma storyline in it. So the truth is it’s just a very big cast and you have to kind of pick your battles with it.”

“Star Wars: The Last Jedi” pulled in estimated $68 million for the three-day weekend, a second weekend drop of 68.9% which is probably a little steeper than the studio would like. In its first week and a bit, the film has pulled in over $745 million worldwide.