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‘Star Wars’ roughs it up in new lightsaber fight.

FILE – In this July 10, 2015 file photo, Carrie Fisher, from left, Mark Hamill, and Harrison Ford attend Lucasfilm’s “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” panel on day 2 of Comic-Con International in San Diego, Calif.

It said: ‘Occasional scenes of moderate threat include characters being interrogated using ‘the Force’, which it is implied causes them pain, and characters being held at lightsaber-point. The 73-year-old actor is matter-of-fact about almost everything involving the sci-fi series’ latest episode — from his reunion with Carrie Fisher (“It was no big deal.”) to the franchise’s unwavering popularity (“For me, it’s old news.”). “The new, young actors Daisy Ridley and John Boyaga were well cast, well directed and are huge talents,” he said, his gritty voice lifting, during a recent interview. “They come off really well in the movie.

As former First Order Stormtrooper-turned-hero Finn, Boyega faces off with the villainous Kylo Ren (Adam Driver) — brandishing blue and red lightsabers, respectively — in a key scene during the seventh Star Wars film (in theaters Dec. 18). The final frame of the last full trailer depicts Finn’s trepidation when confronted with a skulking, attacking Kylo, and “that’s something great to capture,” the British actor says. “If you see Adam Driver dressed in black coming toward you, just swinging that thing, it makes you go, ‘Oh, shhh…’ So, yeah, I was genuinely scared.” Like the inevitable gunfight in a Western, the lightsaber sequence is a hallmark of the six previous Star Wars movies going back to the 1977 original. The films in George Lucas’ initial trilogy were filled with battles that tended toward the emotional — for example, Imperial enforcer Darth Vader (voice of James Earl Jones, body of David Prowse) vs. his old mentor Obi-Wan Kenobi (Alec Guinness) in the first Star Wars, and later Vader taking on his son Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill) in the climax of 1983’s Return of the Jedi. Lucas’ prequels, however, were artier affairs; smooth moves marked such scenes as Obi-Wan (Ewan McGregor) and Jedi master Qui-Gon Jinn (Liam Neeson) taking on Sith lord Darth Maul (Ray Park) in 1999’s The Phantom Menace. “Somersaults and backflips — there’s so much finesse and pizzazz to those fights that it felt like, OK, I can’t really top that,” says Force Awakens director J.J.

While the film has been cloaked in an unparalleled level of secrecy, Ford guaranteed that fans can expect the same Solo they fell in love with from the original “Star Wars” trilogy. (Disney declined to screen “Force Awakens” for this story ahead of the Dec. 14 premiere). “The shorthand is that he’s older and wiser, but his bones are the same,” Ford said. “He’s not selling real estate now. Abrams. “I can’t go there because (Lucas) outdid himself in those.” Instead, he focused on lightsaber fights that felt less choreographed and more brutal. “I tried to go rougher and more primitive, more instinctual rather than highly trained.” Given the characters involved, Abrams wanted the action between Finn and Kylo to be a dramatic conversation. Boyega found a rhythm in working with Driver, who had a distinct advantage in terms of physicality. “Adam is way taller than me,” Boyega says. “I’m only 5-foot-9 and Adam is 6-foot-something, so my reach, my hold has to be pretty strong to take a blow from that dude when it comes to the sabers.” Much of their match was mapped out, yet the most important thing was making sure audiences knew it was a savage and ferocious tête-à-tête between two guys who are trying to kill each other. “The aim is not to play and have a little danceoff. I think it was Ewan McGregor who said, ‘Oh, we didn’t need hilts in the prequels.’ Well, we didn’t need dance steps,” Boyega says with a laugh. “Brutality and reality are the best way to go.”

The studio is planning to release a stand-alone film about a young Solo in 2018. “If you make a huge investment in a product and it pays off, there’s wisdom in seeing whether the well has run dry,” Ford said. “If the well has run dry, (expletive) admit it and go on to something else. This well has not dried, especially when you introduce new discoveries, which Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Oscar Isaac and Adam Driver represent.” Despite embodying the intergalactic scoundrel in three films, the “Indiana Jones” star didn’t feel the need to provide “Force Awakens” filmmakers with much insight into Solo, who is back alongside shaggy sidekick Chewbacca (Peter Mayhew). “They wanted to know if I didn’t like something, and we would talk about ways to fix it,” Ford said. “That’s what we do.

He has a keen understanding on how the beast works, so I think they produced a script that — in my mind — was very easy to work with.” Once he was back in a galaxy far, far away, Ford’s reprisal was stopped short on the second day of production last year when a door on the Millennium Falcon set outside London fell on him.

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