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March 02, 2018 at 08:00 AM EST

BB-8 Reveals Rey’s Goodbye

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Keep an eye on BB-8, because the roly-poly droid is keeping an eye on you.

In another deleted scene from The Last Jedi, Finn is struggling with whether to abandon the Resistance.

That’s when BB-8 rolls up on him with a hologram of Rey saying an emotional goodbye to Finn while he lay unconscious in his recovery pod, gravely wounded by Kylo Ren’s lightsaber attack.

Originally, Johnson says the hologram was just a way to remind the audience of Rey and Finn’s friendship, since they spend most of the film separated.

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“I was looking for any opportunity I could to emotionally connect those two,” the director says. “I thought it was a really sweet little scene. I loved John Boyega’s performance in it. Ultimately it was meant to explain his motivation for going [to find Rey and quit the Resistance], but we realized that you understood his motivation, because he tells it to Rose. Once we realized we could get away without it, it was something that just naturally fell away.”

It also shows the mischievous and somewhat unsettling personality of BB-8.

“Little sneak,” Johnson says. “You’ve got to watch what you’re saying around BB-8. It’s all on the record.”

The big loss was leaving out a good joke. “I miss John’s line, ‘That’s kind of creepy you recorded that.’”

Next Scene: Rey and the Raiders of the Caretaker Village

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