Kevin Smiths Talks For 11 Minutes About His ‘Star Wars Episode VII’ Set Visit – Stormtroopers, Millennium Falcon, And More
Last week Kevin Smith posted a photo of him crying with tears of fan boy bliss as he left the London set of JJ Abrams‘ Star Wars Episode VII. Per a non disclosure agreement, he wasn’t allowed to say anything about his time on set. However, a new video has surfaced of the filmmaker doing a Q&A at the Neuchatel International Film Festival in Switzerland, where he talks at length about his Star Wars Episode 7 set visit. Watch Kevin Smith talk Storm Troopers, the Millennium Falcon and more.
Here is an excerpt where Smith talk about watching a bit of filming, implying a action scene involving Stormtroopers:
What I saw, I absolutely loved. It was tactile — it was real. It wasn’t a series of fucking green screens and blue screens in which later a bunch of digital characters would be added. IT was there, it was happening. I saw old friends who I haven’t seen since my childhood, who aren’t really friends, but I love them more than some of my fucking relatives. I saw uniforms, I saw artillery I haven’t seen since I was a kid. I saw them shooting an actual sequence in a set that was real. I walked across the set, there were explosions. And it looked like a shot right out of a Star Wars movie.
Smith talked about visiting Stage M at pinewood, where they were not filming that day, where he visited the set of the Millennium Falcon:
He turns the lights on and there is the Millennium Falcon from my childhood. Now the ship outside looks like a movie set, but the inside, fully replicated, fully built. The guy told me, they took two blueprints: Star Wars and Empire, because the cockpit in Empire was bigger than the cockpit in Star Wars. So they went somewhere between the two. So he takes me over and I’m just looking at it. You look at it from the outside and you can still see inside. I don’t presume we’re going aboard or anything, and then Morgan (JJ’s assistant) says “You ready to go up?” I said (excitedly) “We can go on it?!”
As I walked up that ramp I realized that the something that was missing from those other movies (the prequels) and its now in these movies. And its not the obvious like hey the Millennium Falcon or hey the characters that we know are returning. Its something else entirely — he’s building a tactile world, a world you can touch. And hes replicating with all the love of someone who has the world’s greatest collection of Star Wars figures. And when you walk on that set man, I don’t know how else to describe it except thusly: you use another pop culture reference to describe this pop culture phenomenon. Its like the field of dreams, the Kevin Costner movie. And if JJ builds it, we’re all going to come hard, because its amazing. It looks fantastic. So anyone out there wondering if hes going to pull it off, hes pulling it off. He showed me cut scenes, he showed me sequences, images, pictures. I cried and I hugged that guy. And I’m sure as I was crying and hugging on him that he was thinking “time is money” because theyre making a movie. But he got it. He was very flattered. And I was like “Honestly dude, you’re doing it. You’re making my childhood again. You’re doing our Star Wars. What I saw, blew me away.
This is just a small portion of Smiths adventure. If you jump to the 35 minute mark in the video below, you can hear more of Smiths Star Wars Episode 7 set visit.
Some have criticized Smith for posting a picture of himself crying after being on the set of Star Wars saying how incredibly pretentious it is.
If it was just some random celebrity having nothing to do with Star Wars or Nerd Culture then I’d agree with that. But this is Kevin Smith, he’s a nerd just like the rest of us. He’s not better than anyone of us, but he’s a guy that has made a career for himself standing on the back of the culture he loves so much (with dick and fart jokes along the way). Star Wars has a profound effect on us, and even if you’ve turned on it as result of hate for the prequels and what not, being given the chance to stand and witness Star Wars in the making would likely make anyone of us cry. To see the Millennium Falcon in person, to meet Han Solo, Luke Skywalker, Princess Leia and original cast members as they embark on a new Star Wars adventure… man, I can only imagine how inherently cool that is. I know if I got that chance, it’d be emotional too and throwing selfies up left and right to express such joy.
I dunno if Smith violated his NDA, or if it was lifted, or if Switzerland just has different laws on such thing, but we sure benefited in hearing about his adventure. Thank you Smith, we live vicariously through you. Now, if you would kindly tell us if you were hired to write a fake Batman V Superman script that’d be great.