Can a hug ever be a mistake? Well, J.J. Abrams thinks so. The “Star Wars 7” director reveals that Leia hugging Rey was ‘a mistake’ that might have led to creation of a thousand theories.
The topic came up during his talk with Slash Film. Abrams was promoting his new film “10 Cloverfield Lane,” when the conversation veered towards “Star Wars.”
Inquisitr explains the scene which shows General Leia Organa hugging Rey after Han Solo gets killed by their son, Kylo Ren. Leia does not hug Chewbacca, who was Han Solo’s right hand and best friend throughout the entire franchise.
According to Tech Insider, the scene led to viewers misunderstanding things. They felt Chewbacca ran past Leia as a slight. However, Abrams took full responsibility for the ‘mistake’ and blamed it on bad blocking. He explained that given an opportunity, he would have reshot the scene only to take Chewbacca completely out of it. That way there would be no ‘slight theory.’ “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,” he said.
When asked pointedly by Slash Film as to why Leia hugged Rey instead of Chewbacca in “Star Wars: The Force Awakens,” Abrams confessed that “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,” he added.
Abrams further explained that this would be a meeting/reunion of commiseration of their mutual loss. He had no idea that fans would speculate if Rey was Leia’s daughter. “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 revealed.