Foot-in-mouth disease can be commonplace with Hollywood celebrities. But when it comes to the much loved Star Wars franchise - actors, producers and directors have to choose their words incredibly carefully. With every utterance examined and dissected for clues, Vanity Fair reports that Adam Driver has come out to clarify an earlier statement comparing Star Wars Episode VIII to the iconic The Empire Strikes Back.
The man who portrayed Kylo Ren in Star Wars: The Force Awakens divided opinion with his performance in the sequel/reboot. Only to later set tongues wagging when he drew parallels between the classic 1980 picture to the 2017 Episode VIII. Talking about having a "different tone" to the 2015 installment indicated to all in sundry that it would go darker, but Driver wanted to once and for all put all the talk and speculation about his interview to one side.
Driver Quick To Clarify After Strong Reaction
As the cult following of Star Wars knows no bounds, especially in the online community, did Driver expect the reaction to be as swift as it was? Apparently not.
“No, no, and that’s not even what I said," began the actor. "What I said was the tone of it was different, I didn’t say that it was gonna be in the vein of (it)—I was using it as an example, so poor example. Next time I should say—I’m trying to think of another sequel to a movie that’s good. When I read the script, it was not what I expected, in the best of ways.”
What was it exactly that drew all the attention to Driver? This exert might tell a different story.
“I think (The Force Awakens) sets up the trilogy very well," explained Driver before the controversy exploded. "Obviously, we’re moving into the territory of Episode VIII very soon as well, and much like Empire Strikes Back I’m sure it’s going to deliver some quite impactful story moments, and it’ll leave us with some cliffhangers as well which resolve in Episode IX.”
Warwick Davis Links Up for Episode 8
What a return this is shaping to be. NME reports that English actor Warwick Davis will feature in Star Wars 8, as the 46-year old comedian returns to a set that might not be all that strange after all. Seen pictured as a child during shooting for Return of the Jedi, Davis wanted the announcement to be as low key as possible.
"I do, yes," Davis replied to a question if he will be cast. "That's all I can say."