With the DVD release of Star Wars: The Force Awakens now available, director J.J. Abrams revealed an answer surrounding a moment with Kylo Ren and his helmet. When Ren is attempting to interrogate Rey (Daisy Ridley), he takes off his helmet for the first time and sets it on a table filled with ashes. According to Abrams, those are the ashes of enemies that Ren has killed, which adds to his mystique if he’s willing to incinerate and keep his enemy’s remains. The sequence of Ren placing his helmet on the ashes was actually shot for a different scene, as Abrams explains:
“The backstory is, that that table has the ashes of the enemies he’s killed. That moment was actually shot for, and meant to be used in, the scene where he was talking to the Vader mask. He originally had his mask off the first time we shot that scene. Then we reshot it with his mask on, but we had that shot which I loved and thought was so cool of the mask being slammed down into that ash. So that shot was stolen from the scene that we had changed and put into the scene with Rey. He used to place his mask gingerly onto a piece of the set, which was incredibly unimpressive, so this moment made it a much cooler beat.”
Star Wars: The Force Awakens is now available on Digital, Blu-Ray, and DVD.
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