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EW Reveals a First Look at Several Deleted Scenes from Star Wars: The Last Jedi

Discussion in 'Star Wars: The Last Jedi' started by SWNN Probe, Mar 2, 2018.

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    Entertainment Weekly has revealed new details about five of the fourteen deleted scenes from the Star Wars: The Last Jedi Blu-ray/DVD. Anthony Breznican spoke with director Rian Johnson who talked about these scenes and why they ultimately decided to cut them from the film.





    The passion and love for this project is evident with Rian Johnson, and it almost sounds like he was choosing between a favorite child when it came to having to say goodbye to some of these scenes. As it has been previously reported, these deleted scenes are not raw film footage, these are fully developed/produced and edited scenes, and it was clearly a tough choice for the director:

    We had previously broke the titles of these delete scenes to you here, so we have lined up their titles from that piece.





    It’s Kind of Weird That You Recorded That



    It appears R2-D2 wasn't the only droid using images of memories to motivate a character in The Last Jedi, as it turns out BB-8 had a similar moment with Finn, showing him what Rey said to him before she left for Ahch-To, as he laid unconscious. Johnson realized the scene wasn't needed to help sell the narrative so it was cut, though the director appears to really have a soft spot for this scene and Boyega's performance:
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    The scene would have worked well as a 'last time on Star Wars' recap about Rey and Finn's relationship, as many TV shows often do, but ultimately it wasn't needed.





    Caretaker Village Sequence



    This next scene might be the most talked about deleted scene out of the whole set, for a multitude of reasons. First off, because Rey running along the coast intensely with the lightsaber lit appears in the trailer, so flashes of it existed in the promotion for the film. Secondly, this was a scene that led to early reported rumors that the Knights of Ren were on Ahch-To, which as we know turned out being inaccurate, as this ended up just being your old fashion Caretaker keg party.



    After Rey initially sees the village, Skywalker appears to take this as an opportunity to test her. Knowing full well what it is, Luke tells a white-lie (from a certain point of view), telling Rey that it is a warrior tribe primed to attack the village. Luke proceeds to tell her that if she attacks, they will only come back stronger, with an intensified level of vengeance, and that a Jedi would never interfere because of this. Rey ignores Luke's advice and storms towards the fire, only to find a Caretaker party.



    While Johnson clarifies this was not the missing third lesson we have been waiting to discover, it was definitely a test, and one that Rey failed. Johnson explains Rey's mentality and reasons behind her actions:

    Keeping this scene would have changed the context of Rey's final Force connection with Kylo Ren in the hut, as it would have made Luke less surprised had this scene of her distancing herself from him took place in the film. Instead, as Johnson explains, they go from a positive moment, to him coming across her and Kylo touching hands in the hut:
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    And that third lesson? Don't hold your breath. Breznican points out that Luke's third and final lesson for Rey may be left for interpretation by the audience, or perhaps it's something that J. J. Abrams can introduce in Episode IX, since it has technically been left open. Breznican joked that it is his problem now, and Rian Johnson responded with the most Jedi response ever:



    Luke Has a Moment



    One scene that many fans may end up wishing remained in the film, is Luke and Leia, connected through the Force, grieving together over Han Solo's death. After Luke finds out about Han's passing, he reconnects with the Force, immediately bonding to his sister:
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    Johnson never said this, but from a fan perspective this must have been the toughest scene to delete from the film. It carries so much weight, and besides the dice moment at the end of the film, this would represent the final time the 'big three' are connected to one another, with Luke and Leia wrapping their heavy hearts around Han's memory through the Force.



    Mega Destroyer Incursion – Extended Version



    In this scene Finn and Rose are in an elevator after having stolen First Order office uniforms, when Finn is recognized by a former colleague, a stormtrooper, one Breznican describes as garrulous, earning serious Scrabble points.



    This scene would have added a bit of levity to the intensity of their mission, and Johnson points out that for Star Wars tropes, they don't get much better than old fashion sneaking around the bad guys' turf:
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    Probably the most interesting element to this deleted scene with Finn's chatty former-colleague, is that the First Order (aside from the higher-ups) are unaware of Finn's defection and impact in the Resistance against the First Order! Breznican explains:

    It makes sense why this scene was cut, but it will be fun to watch and take in its feeling of light-hearted danger, with old fashion caper movie overtones.





    Phasma Squealed Like a Whoop Hog



    And finally, the scene in The Last Jedi with more action movie one-liners than a Die Hard sequel, Finn's ultimate showdown with Phasma, and as Breznican reveals, Rian Johnson refers to Phasma as the 'Kenny from South Park of Star Wars', in that she keeps coming back. Now all joking aside, Phasma's alternate death scene sounds way better than what ended up in movie, but decide for yourself:

    Johnson changed this scene solely for the sake of the film's pacing. Ultimately Phasma's fate is the same, but in a much different way. Instead of a dramatic mutiny, it is Finn rising up, saying 'Hey' and hitting her across the face. As Breznican points out the original version sounds like it definitively seals Phasma's fate more than the final cut. Does this mean the door is left open for her return once more? Breznican ends his piece with that thought:
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    This will be a change fans will likely have a gripe about, as it sounds like the initial sequence was much more dramatic and impactful for both characters, and a more fitting end to their arc.



    Those are just five of the fourteen deleted scenes that will appear on The Last Jedi home video release. Between these completed sequences and the other features listed, we will have a lot more content than we were given with The Force Awakens' initial release.



    Some of these scenes truly carry a lot of weight to them, this isn't Chewbacca ripping off Unkar Plutt's arm (although that is very cool). These choices were no doubt difficult ones for Rian Johnson to make, and you can clearly tell how much they still mean to him and his appreciation of the performances. In the end the fact that they are fully produced and available to us is a treat, as we can go back and view them any time we want!



    Source: Entertainment Weekly



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    Is that a saber hilt on the left hand end of the table? :eek:

     
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    it seems, this scene looks it's going to be emotional
     
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    I think it's Luke's torch, the one he uses when he tries to burn down the tree.
     
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    It's a great package.
     
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    These sound great.

    Man, that Phasma moment sounds especially cool. I really was hoping for a stormtrooper insurrection.
     
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    Really sad that Luke's emotional reaction to Han's death was cut. It would have made him human. :(
     
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    Well, we couldn't have that! We did however need to see him milk a giant lactating sea creature.:rolleyes: It sucks that we didn't get to see him or Leia show any emotion over Han's death.
     
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    It's unfortunate that scene with Luke and Leia isn't in the film. Would have been emotional resonant. Another missed opportunity with the big 3 to connect and another example of Mark's great acting ability.
     
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    This cut scene sort (which should be in the movie) typifies why I hate the modern day blockbuster.

    This current generation of blockbuster directors are more worried about wowing fans with big set pieces and constant action but forget it’s small scenes like this that will be memorable 20 years from now.

    Luke looking at the Binary Sunset in ANH, Yoda lifting the Falcon in ESB, or Luke communicating with Leia in ESB. They are memorable because they resonate with the viewers on an emotional level and drama drives a good narrative.

    So we got 30 more minutes of Rose/Finn over a great deleted scene like this as it’s a perfect example why the modern blockbuster is dumbed down for the audience.
     
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    I agree with your overall point about modern blockbusters (even though since I'm only 22 modern blockbusters are all I really know I guess) but...

    The scene wasn't cut because it wasn't big or grand enough, it was cut because as it says in the original post, Rian thought the scene with R2 accomplished the same thing and having both scenes would've been redundant. A few of the other scenes (Finn watching the video of Rey) were cut for the same reason, redundancy. I don't see anything wrong with that.
     
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    Fair point, but I still think the two scenes are different. Luke and R2 scene are more about how even R2 couldn’t coax him into coming out of retirement. The deleted scene is more about the grieving of an old friend.
     
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    not only grieving about an old friend, Han was even his family. :(
     
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    really..."no one ever really goes away" that should only apply for jedi and even though it's only his thought/opinion, it still makes me like this movie less
     
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    These look awesome....can't wait!
     
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