Writer, director, and producer J.J. Abrams visited the Daily Show on Thursday — and owned up to being the “most nebbishy Jewish director ever.”
His new film, “Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation,” the fifth film in the Mission Impossible franchise hit theaters on July 31. So naturally Jon immediately quipped: “let’s talk about Star Wars.”
For those of you who have been living under a rock for the last few months, or do not know any Star Wars fan, Abrams is producing the upcoming “Star Wars” sequel, slated to come out December 18.
Most of the original cast from the first trilogy is back: Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, and of course, Harrison Ford.
Unsurprisingly, Abrams said Harrison Ford is just as awesome as Han Solo in real life.
Case in point: at one point during filming, a hydraulic door fell on Ford in a stunt gone wrong, breaking his ankle. Abrams rushed to his aid, and actually broke his back trying to lift the door.
A few months later, Abrams is still wearing a back brace, and Harrison Ford sprints to greet him on set, making Abrams feel like the “most nebbishy Jewish director, ever.”
Watch the whole clip below:
Oh my Han Solo. The new “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” trailer has hit the internet.
The highly anticipated teaser was released on Thrursday during a panel discussion with director J.J. Abrams and the cast at the Star Wars Celebration event in Anaheim, California. (What’s Jewish about “Star Wars”? Well, J.J Abrams, for one. Oh, and Harrison Ford’s maternal grandparents were Jewish immigrants from Minsk.)
There are a lot of new faces, but the combination of a Luke Skywalker voice-over, the Millenium Falcon and Han and Chewie, together again, will surely be enough to satisfy any hard core fan.
Speaking of Han Solo, fans at the convention were anxious to get updates on Harrison Ford’s condition after his plane crash in March that saw him rushed to critical care. Abrams was happy to oblige.
“He’s doing great and he’s working hard,” he said. “I had respect for him all my life, but I’ve never had more respect for a guy until I saw how he landed that plane. He’s more of a hero in that move than in all the films he’s been in.”
May the Force be with you.
Attention, “Star Wars” fans!
For the low, low price of a $10 donation, you run the chance of appearing in Star Wars Episode VII. In a message recorded on set in Abu Dhabi, director J.J. Abrams announced a new charity campaign run by Disney, Lucasfilm, and his own production company, Bad Robot.
Star Wars: Force for Change, asks people to donate $10 or more to UNICEF. In return, you get to dream about hanging with Han Solo and Luke Skywalker.
As seen in The Verge:
The randomly chosen winner of the grand prize and one partner will be flown to Episode VII’s Pinewood Studios set as guests of J. J. Abrams. There, they’ll be “transformed” by costume and makeup teams, before being given roles in the next Star Wars movie. It’s unclear what those roles will entail — Episode VII’s story is so well-protected Bothan spies are yet to reach it — but the opportunity to put on a furry mask, hang around in the back of a shot, inspire the invention of an alien race of wolf-people or bobble-headed oddballs, and eventually have books written about you is enticing.
The more you shell out, the higher your chances. Get those wallets out.
You’ve agonized over whether or not they would bring back the original three, you’ve sweated over J.J. Abrams’ potential conflict of interest (“Star Trek” and “Star Wars”? Never the twain should meet), you’ve debated whether there should even be a sequel at all — and now, the wait is over!
The cast of the Star Wars: Episode VII is official: Harrison Ford, Mark Hamill and Carrie Fisher are all coming back, as previously hinted in various reports. They’ll be joined by Adam Driver, Oscar Isaac, John Boyega, Daisy Ridley, Andy Serkis, Domhnall Gleeson, and Max von Sydow.
“We are so excited to finally share the cast of ‘Star Wars: Episode VII.’ It is both thrilling and surreal to watch the beloved original cast and these brilliant new performers come together to bring this world to life, once again,” Abrams said in a statement. “We start shooting in a couple of weeks, and everyone is doing their best to make the fans proud.”
Fans of Harrison Ford (myself included — Indiana Jones-themed bat mitzvah. No shame.) can do a happy dance. According to Deadline.com’s Mike Fleming, Ford, 71, will have a “gigantic role” in “Episode VII.”
LOS ANGELES - Actor Zachary Quinto has transitioned swiftly from a television villain into an unlikely action film star in J.J Abrams’ rebooted “Star Trek” franchise, playing the series’ most recognizable half-Vulcan, Spock.
The 35-year-old actor, who gained fame as super-villain Sylar in sci-fi television series “Heroes,” will reprise his role as the pointy-eared first officer of the starship Enterprise in “Star Trek Into Darkness,” which will be released in theaters on Friday.
The actor spoke about the challenges of playing Spock and why he chose to go public about being gay.
Q: “Star Trek Into Darkness” has more action, set pieces and destinations than the 2009 reboot. Is that right?
A: You’re right. It’s a larger scale version of the “Star Trek” story. The first one was about re-conceiving people’s perceptions of “Star Trek,” and trying to infuse it with new energy. The self-contained and more intimate nature of that film made sense. Now, people are more familiar with us as these characters so this movie builds on that and expands on it.
Q: What is Spock struggling with in this film?
A: I think he’s learning how to be accountable and responsible to the people he loves and cares about. He is learning to embody and live the qualities of what it means to be a friend and what it means to be responsible to other people emotionally, because that’s not the place from which he leads. He needs to learn how to integrate that part of himself and honor the feelings he has for the people he loves.
Q: What do you learn from Spock on a personal level?
A: I have an inherent understanding to his nature, which is one of duality - the head versus the heart. That is certainly something I can relate to. As someone who has been considered pretty intellectual and wordy, I also have a deep well of emotional life. I understand what it means to be in constant relationship to both of those aspects of myself.
Q: Which of Spock’s qualities do you aspire for yourself?
A: The equanimity with which he deals with every situation in front of him, and the thoughtfulness and care he gives to measure his reactions. Sometimes I can be a little extreme in my reaction to something. I respect his reservedness and pensive consideration, which is an aspect of me but outweighed by my instinctual or impulsive reactions to things sometimes.
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