After recovering from a heart attack in early 2018, film director Kevin Smith began a lengthy process of modifying his health regimen. Conveniently enough, this included following up on a promise that Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker director J.J. Abrams made to come visit the film’s set when he recovered. During Comic Con 2019, Smith revealed to IGN that Abrams had actually stopped him from seeing the final shot of Star Wars Episode 9 because it would “melt your mind.”
“There was a scuttlebutt about the set there at Pinewood [Studios],” Smith said. “They’re like ‘you have to see this. When you see it, it will melt your mind.’ So I ask J.J., ‘they keep telling me I should see the set.’ He’s like ‘don’t. It’s the last shot of the movie.’
When Smith told Abrams that such a statement only made him want to see it more, Smith says Abrams replied: ‘You don’t want this spoiled. You want to be in a theater when this happens. Trust me.’
“Other people on the crew were like ‘bro, I wish I hadn’t seen it, but it will melt your mind,’” Smith added.
Star Wars fans might find it discouraging that such a prolific director and geek icon like Smith decided to avoid seeing the infamous set, but Smith chalks it up to an appreciation for the art of filmmaking.
“As inquisitive as I am, and as curious as I am, I desperately wanted to go look, but when you talk to the magician, and the magician is like ‘trust me on this one.’ You know, sometimes as human beings we want to know how they pull the rabbit out of the hat, but J.J. is such a magical magician that I’m just like you know what? Do it. Trick me,” Smith said. ‘I’ll wait and get tricked, even though I could have seen what it was, I was like ‘I’ll sit back. I like your plan.’ [J.J. has] never let me down so far.”
Us regular folks may not get a chance to see much of Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker until the film actually comes out, but we do get some great behind-the-scenes tidbits to tide us over. Check out the first look at the new red-armored Sith Trooper from Comic Con. You can also get a key bit of backstory before the film releases by checking out this prequel comic. For everything happening at Comic Con 2019, check out IGN’s official event hub page.
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