Director Kevin Smith on June 1 in LA, before his awe-inspiring Star Wars set visit.
"Loose lips sink starships" were the words on a poster sitting in the room at Pinewood studios near London when director Kevin Smith paid a visit to director J.J. Abrams on the set of Star Wars: Episode VII last week.
As Smith signed one of Lucasfilm's infamous watertight nondisclosure agreements, Abrams' assistant pointed to the poster and said: "J.J. hung that up for you."
As Smith will admit, he's something of a blabbermouth.
Luckily for Star Wars fans desperate for the slightest detail on the new movie, Smith has had a rather loose (but not too loose) interpretation of what nondisclosure means. First came this Instagram, uploaded from the set, showing his instant reaction to what he had seen:
Before taping the latest edition of his podcast Hollywood Babble-On, Smith also revealed — without muttering a word — that Episode VII contains Stormtroopers. When the show's cohost Ralph Garman asked, "Did you see Stormtroopers?". Smith replied with a nod and a large smile, according to the movie blog Flickering Myth.
The movie is set 30 years after the events of Return of the Jedi, which ended — according to George Lucas' special edition version — with galaxy-wide celebrations at the death of the Emperor and what Lucas always said was the final, definitive defeat of the Empire.
But if the foot soldiers of the Empire are still around three decades later, that puts a rather different spin on things.But if the foot soldiers of the Empire are still around three decades later, that puts a rather different spin on things.
It suggests the Rebel Alliance's victory at the second Death Star wasn't so definitive. Perhaps Han, Luke and Leia have been conducting an interminable interstellar clean-up operation for most of their lives. Or maybe the Empire has been lurking in some hidden corner of the galaxy waiting to, um, strike back.
The third stop on the Kevin Smith tour of not-quite-sinking-starships came at the Neuchâtel International Fantastic Film Festival in Switzerland on Saturday. There, Smith talked about stepping on board the Millennium Falcon, "fully replicated, fully built." (This is okay to talk about, he says, since it's already out there; TMZ leaked photos from the set showing the Falcon, while J.J.Abrams tweeted his own pictured from the Falcon's chess table.)
Here's the video of Smith's talk at Neuchâtel. Skip to 35:15 for his answer about his Star Wars set visit:
Smith confirms what we've long suspected about Abrams' shoot: He strongly favors original trilogy-style physical effects, sets and creatures over the CGI-led style of the Star Wars prequels.
What I saw I absolutely loved. It was tactile, it wasn't a series of f*cking green and blue screens in which later on digital characters would be added ... [Abrams] is building a tactile world, a world you can touch. And he's replicating with all the love of somebody that has the world's greatest collection of Star Wars figures ... I saw uniforms, I saw artillery that I haven't seen since I was a kid. I saw them shooting an actual sequence in a set that is real — I walked across the set, there were explosions — and it looked like a shot right out of a f*cking Star Wars movie ...
That's the kind of publicity you can't buy. In fact, Smith is so effusive, we have to wonder whether Abrams invited Smith to the set in the full knowledge that would likely gush in exactly this manner, reassuring his fellow fans in the process.
Loose lips may sink starships, but a small one-man fighter might just be enough to destroy a Death Star of doubt.
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