J.J. Abrams ‘Terrified’ to Let ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ Out Into the World

22 Nov 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Failed ‘Star Wars’ auditions from Emma Stone & Jon Hamm.

George Lucas recently told Vanity Fair of how he did not want to be involved with making another Star Wars film as it was “not much fun” when you “go to make a movie and all you do is get criticised.” It turns out, the director did have a couple of ideas of where Star Wars episode VII should go, they just didn’t sit well with the new rights owners at Disney. “The issue was, they looked at the stories, and they said we want to make something for the fans,” he told CBS. “All I wanted to do was tell the story of what happened. “They weren’t that keen to have me involved anyway.

A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away, Saturday Night Live aired a bunch of fake Star Wars auditions from the likes of Christopher Walken (as played by Kevin Spacey), Jack Lemmon (also Spacey), Walter Matthau (still Spacey), Burt Reynolds (former cast member Norm MacDonald), Barbra Streisand (former cast member Ana Gasteyer), and Richard Dreyfuss (former cast member and now announcer Darrell Hammond), among others.And of course they haven’t forgotten to throw in the usual Star Wars signposts – lasers and lightsabers – and their replacement Stormtroopers are equally ominous as the real thing.

If I get in there I’m just going to cause trouble because they’re not going to do what I want them to do, and I don’t have the control to do that anymore. Now, with a new Star Wars movie just weeks ago, SNL brought the concept back, but with an added twist: real stars, including Jon Hamm, Emma Stone, Michael Buble, and Force Awakens cast members John Boyega and Daisy Ridley, participated in the sketch alongside the celebrity impressions.

Abrams took some time away from putting the finishing touches on “The Force Awakens” to help Stephen Colbert raise money for one of the “Late Show” host’s favorite causes. All that would do is muck everything up.” The 71-year-old went on to describe the long-running franchise as a family based soap-opera that revolves around family problems (i.e. So there’s Ridley reading a scenes with Cecily Strong’s Sofia Vergara and the real Michael Buble; Boyega sarcastically laughing at the idea of a black stormtrooper, a dig at the racist comments made about his participation in the film; Hamm auditioning to play “Hamm Solo”; Stone referencing the controversy that surrounded her being cast as a woman with Asian heritage in this year’s flop Aloha; and impressions of Javier Bardem (cast member Beck Bennett), Shaquille O’Neal (cast member Jay Pharoah), George Lucas (cast member Bobby Moynihan), and even PEOPLE Sexiest Man alive David Beckham (cast member Taran Killam), who kicks BB-8. Performing Arts Center, Abrams told a smaller crowd munching mini lobster tacos and sipping Brooklyn Lager at a reception that he had just finished the final mix on the latest “Star Wars” film at 2:30 a.m.

When you break up with somebody, the first rule is no phone calls. “The second rule, you don’t go over to their house and drive by to see what they’re doing, The third one is you don’t show up at their coffee shop and say, ‘You are going to burn it…’ You just say ‘Nope, gone, history, I’m moving forward.’” Are we glad Lucas didn’t get to direct the film? There were still six important things to do on the movie, the filmmaker added, but he first had to fulfill his obligation to Colbert and the Montclair Film Festival. “I don’t know much about Montclair, but I’m learning,” Abrams said, “and it makes me just want to move here.” After the director’s brief address concluded, Colbert – whose wife, Evelyn Colbert, is vice chairman of the festival’s board — could be heard telling him, “You’re the best.” Abrams is the latest high-wattage celebrity Colbert has snagged for the annual fundraiser for the growing nonprofit Montclair Film Festival, which takes place each spring in a suburb 15 miles west of New York City. The late-night comedian himself was the main attraction in the first event five years ago, and since then, he has hosted discussions with Jon Stewart, Jimmy Fallon and Steve Carell.

During the main event, which lasted about two hours, the filmmaker’s banter with Colbert was fresh and snappy, and the two shared funny stories of their nerdy youth. Colbert recounted how he and his friends were so adept at Dungeons and Dragons, that they were able to carry out games at the lunch table at school without the help of dice or books.

The two surveyed Abrams’s career, which runs the gamut from “Regarding Henry to “Lost,” with occasional asides about Colbert’s own life and how it came close to the director’s on a few occasions. For instance, Colbert said he auditioned for a part that he didn’t get in the 1990 identity-theft comedy “Taking Care of Business,” which was Abrams’s first writing credit.

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