J.J. Abrams Was Horrified Showing The Force Awakens To Disney Execs

In a recent interview, The Force Awakens director JJ Abrams told Howard Stern about his experience of screening the first cut of the movie to Disney Execs.

“We screened the movie, and it was horrifying,”

Abrams admitted to Howard Stern.

“I’m nervous beyond words, I’m showing this movie that I know is so far from finished, there’s not an effect in it…”

Abrams said he was even trying to temper their expectations before they saw the film:

“It was a lot of me giving excuses before the screening. I’m reading their body language while they’re watching it and I couldn’t tell if they were miserable or in ecstasy.”

Apparently, Abrams needn’t have worried, because hearing their positive reaction after the screening was

“the biggest relief of my life. And then of course I laughed and all I could think was ‘what do they know? They spent four billion dollars, they have to love it!’” Abrams chuckled. “I’m so critical about it, and their response was so kind. I’m like, ‘they’re just being nice.’”

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Abrams also told Stern that he didn’t want to direct a Star Wars movie because he was sick of doing sequels.

It was only when he sat down with Kathleen Kennedy and talked about the possible story that he started to get excited and chose to direct it.

“We just started talking about what the story could be and as we were talking about it I found myself suddenly on fire about what this movie could be.”

“That question of this young woman asking who is Luke Skywalker? I don’t know why, but it made me feel like fuck, that’s so cool. These would be essentially kids who didn’t see Star Wars themselves, in this movie, who would be in this universe. The idea of discovering or re-discovering this world that had been created.”

Stern also asked Abrams about the absence of Luke Skywalker in the trailers.

“I hate when I go and see a trailer and I feel like I’ve just seen the whole movie in an encapsulated form, it makes me nuts. I’d rather be asking questions and feel that they’d been answered for me [by the film].”

What did Abrams think about the fuss of casting a black actor John Boyega as a Stormtrooper?

“All I know is that John Boyega is extraordinary in the movie. I think the people who are complaining probably have a lot bigger problems than there’s a black Stormtrooper.”

Harrison Ford Likes Star Wars Shocker!

Han Solo actor tells Good Morning America he is delighted with Star Wars The Force Awakens.

Most Star Wars fans know that Harrison Ford has not been a big fan of Star Wars in the past.


After filming Return of the Jedi, Ford (72) said he was pleased he didn’t have to play Han Solo anymore.

Ford famously told George Lucas on set “George, you can type this shit but you sure can’t say it.” referring to some of the dialogue Ford was expected to say in a scene.

Ford clashed with Lucas again on the fate of Han Solo, requesting that the character should die in Return of the Jedi. But Lucas stayed firm and kept Solo alive wanting to keep Star Wars family friendly and a story about good versus evil.

Harrison Ford as Han Solo in The Force Awakens
Harrison Ford as Han Solo in The Force Awakens

These feelings towards Star Wars has now changed after filming The Force Awakens, with Ford saying he wanted to work with JJ Abrams and that he is delighted with the final movie now that he has seen it.

Ford told Good Morning America that he thought The Force Awakens was A big movie with great production values.

It is great to see Harrison Ford so happy and pleased to actually be a part of Star Wars!