The 'Force Awakens' director on the scene from the original trilogy that gets him every time

By Christopher Rosen
Updated December 10, 2015 at 11:07 PM EST

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J.J. Abrams has been a fan of Star Wars since first seeing George Lucas’ original film as an 11-year-old. But what is his favorite moment from the original trilogy? It’s complicated.

“It’s so easy to go to ‘I am your father’ because it’s so profound,” Abrams told PEOPLE and EW editorial director Jess Cagle during a recent Sirius XM town hall. “If you ever forget what it’s like to be a kid experiencing it there are videos of kids online watching that moment, and their faces are exactly what it was for all of us the first time we saw it.”

But despite the iconic nature of Darth Vader revealing his connection to Luke in Empire Strikes Back, Abrams has a specific scene from the first film that stands as his top choice.

“My favorite moment is Luke watching the two suns setting,” Abrams said. “It wasn’t a story moment, it was a feeling that for me galvanized the authenticity of that world. It felt so real and it was just a moment you could breathe and take it in, and you just felt like you were in this other place. It was a character looking out in the horizon. It was a sense of what is out there for me. It spoke to the idea of ordinary average people considering what the world holds for them.”

Added the director: “Star Wars tells you anything is possible.”

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The full Sirius XM Town Hall with Abrams will premiere Dec. 14 at 6 p.m. ET on EW Radio Sirius XM 105. Star Wars: The Force Awakens is out on Dec. 18.

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