The 12 funniest moments from the Star Wars: The Force Awakens press event
There were revealing moments during Sunday’s secret Star Wars: The Force Awakens press conference. Director J.J. Abrams said there would not be a post-credits sequence. Captain Phasma actress Gwendoline Christie expressed interest in playing Captain Marvel if Marvel Studios wants to call. Finn actor John Boyega said he related more to Daisy Ridley’s Rey than any other character and said the movie is about “courage, a message of friendship and loyalty.”
But with comedian Mindy Kaling moderating the Q&A, it turned out mainly to be a lot of laughs. Here are the funniest moments …
FROM BUNS TO BABOON’S ASS
Kaling remarked on Fisher’s notorious sense of humor, and asked if Princess Leia has one, too. “She would have to,” Fisher said. “Wearing those hairstyles? I do now have a baboon-ass hairstyle … I mean that with love. So you need a sense of humor for that sort of thing.”
YODA + MAZ, TREE SITTING IN THEY ARE …
Lupita Nyong’o plays the thousand-year-old space pirate, Maz Kanata, who now runs a tavern in a castle on the planet Takodana. She was asked about Maz’s relationship with Yoda, who was 900 years old. “He was my first love,” Nyong’o says. “That’s a movie I want to see,” Kaling adds. “Ideas for Disney,” Nyong’o agrees.
Abrams, saying he wanted to jump in “to save my friend Lupita,” dropped this bit of info, which should fire-up fans’ imaginations: “I do believe that Maz and Yoda, at some point, crossed paths. But that is not something, due to the events of the past films, that happens in this one.”
KYLO REN – ROMCOM LEAD
Kaling, emphasizing that she had not seen the movie, joked that the villain Kylo Ren looks “hilarious.” Adam Driver ran with it. “He’s a great cook. He’s a Scorpio,” Driver deadpanned, before turning serious. “He’s very unpolished and unfinished… [The movie] adds a recklessness and something un-neat about it that people don’t normally associate — with the Dark Side being very organized.”
A DRY GALAXY
Fisher said she enjoyed working on the original trilogy as “the only girl on the all-boys set.” “It was really fun,” the actress said. “I got to put things in their drinks and stuff like that. We drank through the whole trilogy in the beginning. This [The Force Awakens] was a sober set,” she added. “That’s what J.J. brought to it. Sobriety!”
A DRY GALAXY: EPISODE II
Later, during Part 2 of the press conference with different cast members, Kaling asked what the difference was in the wrap parties between The Force Awakens and the original trilogy movies. Harrison Ford seemed to back up Fisher’s claim. “It was really hard to get a drink at the last wrap party,” Ford said.
LEIA, GAS STATION ATTENDANT
Fisher was the press conference MVP, no question. She even caused Abrams to double over when she described General Leia Organa’s appearance and costume as “a classy gas-station attendant look. Well, look at it! Or, I would say I was an airplane mechanic, with a nice vest.”
GARY FISHER’S CASTING COUCH
One reporter also asked Fisher if her now-famous dog Gary could ever play a “long-tongued alien” in the Star Wars universe. “I wish!” Fisher said. “I begged J.J. Gary was willing to sleep with J.J.!” The crowd laughed, and Fisher clarified: “I mean nap – but still.”
She accused Abrams of being anti-Gary. “He didn’t like having him on the set.”
“That’s not true!” Abrams countered.
“Oh, it is!”
“Oh, it is not!”
“I’m gonna go get Jerry,” a flustered Fisher said. “And …”
“His name’s GARY!” J.J. shouted back as the first part of the conference ended.
NO YUB NUB
Are there Ewoks in the movie?
“Living?” Abrams replied, to groans and laughs from the crowd. “Listen, if a man can’t joke with friends…” he said. “No, there are no Ewoks in this film.”
“That you know of,” Fisher adds.
“Right, there are rumors some may have snuck onto the set,” Abrams allows. “There are a lot of them in Return of the Jedi.”
ALSO, NO JAR JAR
Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy was unable to talk about what’s in the movie, since they’re trying to maintain secrecy until the Dec. 18 debut. So, Kaling asked her what’s not in the movie. “Jar Jar is not in the movie,” Kennedy answered, to hoots and cheers from the audience. “Ewoks are not in the movie. Harrison insisted on it.”
“It was in my contract,” Harrison added. He was probably joking -- but he said it straight-faced.
FINN PLAYS WITH HIMSELF
What’s it like to get an action figure modeled on yourself and be a video game character? Boyega got a little too excited. “To be a playable character, I get to play with myself!” he says, laughing along with the room. (You know what he means.)
Kaling asked Oscar Isaac about romance in the movie, and if he has a relationship he can talk about. “Yeah, I think mostly … with BB-8,” Isaac jokes. “Inter-droid? What would you call that. There’s a real warmth there. There’s a give and take, and that’s who’s got his back in that X-Wing. If there’s any romance for Poe, it’s, uh, with those two little balls.”
The actors discussed their favorite parts from the original trilogy. Isaac said it was seeing Vader’s mask come off, revealing “a sad, old man inside.” Christie was inspired as a young girl by seeing Princess Leia as a fierce action warrior.
Ford spoke up to say, “I assume you’re not talking about the scene in a snake-bikini sitting on Jabba’s lap?”
“No,” Christie says.
“Because that’s my favorite,” Ford said.