Kevin Smith Talks STAR WARS EPISODE VII Set Visit; Confirms Stormtrooper Presence and More...

Wednesday, 02 July 2014

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Kevin Smith revealed on stage at the Hammersmith Apollo last night that his visit to the STAR WARS: EPISODE VII set (at the request of director J.J. Abrams) made him feel like a 7-year-old boy again. While he conceded that he'd signed a non-disclosure agreement, Smith did allow his HOLLYWOOD BABBLE-ON co-host Ralph Garman to ask questions to which Kevin mostly nodded vigorously with a massive grin on his face. So, we now know that there will be blasters, lightsabers, wookies and stormtroopers. No big reveals really. What was most rewarding though, was Smith's description of the sets, revealing that "everything is tactile" and faithful to the original source material.

Best of all, Smith talked us through his boarding of the Falcon, detailing his walk up the gangplank and in to the area where Solo makes his famous speech about the Jedi religion. Again, he reveled in the fact that everything was exactly as it was in the original, right down to the seatbelts wrapped in bubble wrap to add a 'futuristic' feel. Over the course of his two-hour visit (during which he also watched a scene being shot), Smith admitted that he cried four times, telling Abrams (who reminded Smith that it was him who had introduced him to Mark Hamill many years ago) that if he can capture the same feeling of nostalgia on film that he experienced while being there, he's already won.

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