This is why Adam Driver was filming in Kerry, even though he has no scenes on Luke's planet
Nope, it doesn't involve deleted scenes.
The Last Jedi continues to make some major bank, passing $1.25 billion at the box office this weekend, and officially making it the biggest movie released in 2017, officially bypassing Beauty & The Beast, proving that now is a good time to be working at Disney.
However, now that the movie has been out a few weeks, fans have been noticing more and more plot-holes in the film, like:
- Where exactly did the map that they used to find Luke come from?
- Why didn't Laura Dern just share her plan to head to planet base with everyone?
- What was going on with the gold dice at the end, and how could everyone hold them?
- How did Rey get back on the Millenium Falcon at the end?
We could go on, but we won't, because we've got a real world question to deal with.
Back when Disney were setting up shop down in Kerry for the scenes filming on Skellig Michael - used to double as Luke's hideaway planet of Ahch-To - some of the stars were seen out and about in the local towns of Dingle and Portmagee.
Anyone who has seen the movie will know that the only folk on those Ahch-To scenes were Mark Hamill and Daisy Ridley, yet when we visited the towns ourselves to check out the places that were used to film the movie in, the locals told us that Adam Driver was on set a lot too, despite not actually having scenes on Skellig Michael itself.
Before you ask, no, those scenes in the Jedi temple with Luke were on a different planet, so they don't count.
Turns out the reason for it is because Driver really wanted those Rey/Kylo chats - which we will be referring to as ForceTiming from this point onwards - to deliver, which meant flying all the way to Ireland to act against Daisy Ridley off-screen.
Writer/director Rian Johnson told People the following:
"For those force connections, I needed them to talk. And I thought that the hardest thing that Rey could possibly be faced with is being forced to talk to this person that she completely despises. And also the audience, we hate him coming into it. She had to be our proxy and so that’s why in those first few conversations, she is just spitting in his face…"
"Every single time we shot one of their sides, the other person was off camera. Even to the point where Adam flew to Ireland just to be off camera for Daisy’s stuff, which was essential because they’re such intimate conversations. And that also meant we had to shoot each of those scenes twice basically, which meant the rehearsal time was really important. And my editor Bob Ducsay did an amazing job then of making it feel kind of seamless after the fact."
So there you have it.
The bad guy came all this way, because really, he's a good guy.
Off-camera, at least.