Serkis Reveals a Bit of What Drives Supreme Leader Snoke in The Last Jedi
In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, Andy Serkis, who plays Supreme Leader Snoke in the new Star Wars trilogy, revealed a bit of his past and what motivates him and his hate towards the Resistance. Serkis described Snoke as, “a cruel master, a 9-foot-tall alien humanoid who disparages and dominates his two lieutenants: Kylo Ren (played by Adam Driver) and General Hux (Domhnall Gleeson.) He’s a predator who identifies weakness and exploits it, drawing the young and promising to his side with promises of power, then using and discarding his protégés when they are no longer of use.”
If you’re familiar with another Sith Lord called Sidious, then Snoke’s treatment of his underlings should sound very familiar. Sidious tormented Vader from the start and was always looking for his replacement, which in the end screwed him by going after Luke, who in turn managed to turn his Father back to the Light Side of the Force and vanquishing the Emperor.
Andy also goes on to say that much of Snoke’s anger is from the pain he suffers, as well as his disappointment in Kylo Ren’s progression. “His training of Kylo Ren is not yielding what he wants,” Serkis told EW. “Therefore his anger towards Kylo Ren is intensified because he can’t bear weakness in others. Part of the manipulation is goading him with Hux and playing them off against each other.” This is another Palpatine tactic of course, as he would always test Vader with new apprentices to get the most out of him. It sounds like Rey will be next in line to goad Kylo with, and that she may be Snoke’s new target after Kylo’s failings, so as most of us have expected, Snoke will be tempting Rey with the Dark Side big time.
It also sounds like Snoke hates the Republic and the Resistance due to something that happened to him and left him disfigured an in intense pain. “The thing about Snoke is that he is extremely strong with the Force, the dark side of the Force. He’s terribly powerful, of course. But he is also a very vulnerable and wounded character,” Serkis told EW. “He has suffered and he has suffered injury. The way that his malevolence comes out is in reaction to that. His hatred of the Resistance is fueled by what’s happened to him personally.” I’m hoping we find out more on what this event may have been that got Snoke so amped up in the first place, but Rian Johnson has said that these movies will not expose much of Snoke’s backstory, so who knows how much of it will be shown in The Last Jedi.
If you thought that the loss of Starkiller Base was a severe blow to the First Order Serkis wants you to know that you’re dead wrong. “Despite the fact that the Starkiller Base has been destroyed and the Resistance has been putting up a fight, we will discover that the First Order has limitless resources in this one,” Serkis told EW. Sucks for the Resistance I guess!
Finally, Serkis explained the Snoke is one to relish in his infamy and wealth. “Oh, absolutely. He’s slightly oligarch,” Serkis told EW. “You know, he’s not afraid of showing his fineries. There is a luxury that’s native to him.” This isn’t surprising to hear considering we’ve seen him in a golden tunic with matching gold slippers, so he’s definitely more into his appearance and wealth than Palpatine ever was.
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