STAR WARS: THE LAST JEDI


STAR WARS: THE LAST JEDI opens in theatres everywhere December 15th!

“In a galaxy far far away”…..This one line has transcended through generations and it’s stirred up excitement and anticipation of what’s to come. I never thought I’d be invited to a Press Screening and Press Junket of Star Wars, my dream has come true. Growing up with Star Wars, this was more than just a movie, this was everything unbelievable imaginable. My motto in life, “Do. Or do not. There is no try.” — Yoda Star Wars isn’t just a movie, it’s woven into the very fabric of our lives, WORLDWIDE. Let that sink in, Star Wars is known worldwide, there isn’t one person in the world who doesn’t know about Princess Leia, Luke Skywalker, Han Solo. My gratitude and appreciation for Disney inviting me is unsurpassable. Amazed. Inspired. Grateful. That’s how Disney's generosity makes me feel, thank you.

Star Wars The Last Jedi is absolutely thrilling, nail-biting, sitting on the edge of your seat and every once in awhile yelling out, “OH MY G*D.” I am not going to spoil the movie for you, I will NOT be telling you any scenes about the movie like I normally do because I want you to experience Star Wars The Last Jedi. Children ages 8 and up will be amazed and most importantly they will be over the moon watching an instant classic. Star Wars The Last Jedi must be a family experience, you’ll be talking about the movie long after it’s over. I highly suggest binge-watching all Star Wars leading up to The Last Jedi, you’ll be in awe of how it’s evolved. I will, however, let you know what you’ll walk away learning and experience.

Star Wars The Last Jedi is about family and love, the bonds we have with our loved ones and never giving up hope. It’s about believing in yourself and most importantly, the importance of being there for the ones that need you. Being brave means taking a step even though you’re wavering, the possibility of winning the fight is worth the chance of making a difference. That is what Star Wars The Last Jedi is about, make a difference not only for yourself but for someone else. I was given an opportunity to ask the cast about what movie goers should walk away with, Adam Driver answered first. I want to say right here, he is hysterical! Read the transcript and then watch the video of me asking the question, there’s something about him that’s warm, friendly and you can tell he’s the ultimate prankster. Everyone needs a friend like this in real life, one to bring you down to earth and remind you not to take everything so seriously.

PRESS: Thank you so much. Hi, I’m Kathy with Bel-Air Mommy and I am a huge Star Wars fan and I believe every movie we walk away learning something, and in this particular one what is it that we will be walking away learning?

ADAM DRIVER: Again, I think that’s a personal kind of thing, for probably some it will be nothing, for others. I’ve heard this said, and it’s the best way that I understand how seeing a movie in a dark room with people who are total strangers kind of works, whether that be a play or a movie. No one lives the theater, everyone has lives outside, well hopefully, then there’s a kind of collective intelligence that happens in the room and what is rewarding about it is realizing that you all are having a different experience but at the same time the same experience, and whatever your life is outside, whatever circumstances, whether there be death or drugs or birthdays, you know, you bring it to the theater, you know, and whatever is happening in the movie, obviously where you are in your life, I think, speaks to you in a different way than anybody else so it’s hard thing to kind of blanketly say, I think you’ll feel this, because again, we’re not you. You know, so that’s what I think. So may potentially nothing is what I’m trying to say.

ANTHONY BREZNICAN: I don’t know if it’s so much a moral of the story, but Rian, one of the things that you and I have talked about is that a theme that’s throughout the movie, all the different storylines, is the perils of meeting your Star Wars The Last Jedi hero and living up to expectations Is that one thing that maybe connects to her question?

RIAN JOHNSON: That’s definitely one of the things, yeah, in it. You know, I think these movies to some extent are always about, I don’t know, to really boil it down, you know, if you look back at Lucas kind of, you know, famously drawing from The Hero’s Journey myth that Joseph Campbell wrote about, and the hero’s journey is not about becoming a hero, it’s not about becoming Hercules, it’s about really adolescents, it’s about the transition from childhood into adulthood, and finding your place in the world, and you have these new powers that you’re feeling inside yourself for the first time, you don’t know what to do with them, you don’t know who it is you’re going to get help from, who’s going to be unreliable, who’s not. Navigating those very tricky waters that we all have to navigate, that’s why it’s so universal. So part of that is, you know, your relationship to heroes and people you thought were your heroes, people you don’t expect to become your heroes. And that’s definitely something that plays out in this film.

ANTHONY BREZNICAN: Do you have any thoughts on that, Mark, having played the young farm boy who becomes a hero and now returning to that character all these years later, what journey, without obviously giving it away, but what arc is left for a guy who’s been through what Luke Skywalker has been Through?

MARK HAMILL: I don’t think any line in the script epitomized my reaction more than this is not going to go the way you think. And Rian pushed me out of my comfort zone, as if I weren’t as intimidated and terrified to begin with, but I’m Star Wars The Last Jedi grateful, because you have to trust someone and he was the only Obi Wan available to me, not only in my choices as an actor, but my choices in sock wear. Because – well, I was so embarrassed. I looked at my drab black socks and I said, curse you, Rian Johnson, I’ll get my revenge...

This last video is of the cast talking about the iconic Carrie Fisher. If I didn’t bring her up in this post it would have been a crime. Princess Leia you will forever be loved and you will live on forever. My favorite quote from Princess Leia, “No matter how much we fought, I’ve always hated watching you leave.”

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