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Post Posted: March 9th 2016 2:43 pm
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J.J. Abrams admits scene was probably a mistake: Regarding why did Leia hug Rey instead of Chewbacca?

source: Slashfilm
"That was probably one of the mistakes I made in that. My thinking at the time was that Chewbacca, despite the pain he was feeling, was focused on trying to save Finn and getting him taken care of. So I tried to have Chewbacca go off with him and focus on Rey, and then have Rey find Leia and Leia find Rey. The idea being that both of them being strong with the Force and never having met, would know about each other — that Leia would have been told about her beyond what we saw onscreen and Rey of course would have learned about Leia. And that reunion would be a meeting and a reunion all in one, and a sort of commiseration of their mutual loss."

Abrams adds the real mistake may have been in how he blocked the shot:

"Had Chewbacca not been where he was, you probably wouldn’t have thought of it. But because he was right there, passed by Leia, it felt almost like a slight, which was definitely not the intention."

I thought this was interesting for J.J. to address since many including myself thought Leia and Chewy pretty much ignoring each other right after their suffering such a huge mutual loss was a bit jarring.

Post Posted: March 9th 2016 4:52 pm

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Not to worry. That's what Special Editions are for!

Post Posted: March 9th 2016 6:24 pm

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If they had blocked the scene where Chewie is not seen at all in the shot with Leia on the right, as he was walking off to the left side behind the crew getting Finn off to medical attention, less would have been said. But many are not paying attention to what JJ just said here "..that Leia would have been told about her (Rey) beyond what we saw onscreen." I still believe Leia somehow how knows Rey's connection to Luke and her being force sensitive, quite likely his daughter. So could very well be Aunt meeting niece moment.

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Rey hugged first.

Post Posted: March 10th 2016 6:14 am
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Topeka wrote:
Rey hugged first.

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Post Posted: March 10th 2016 9:09 am
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Of all the questionable things in this film, *this* is the one stirring "controversy?" Seems odd, but whatever.

And Topeka wins the Internet today.

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