Considering the onslaught of box-office films that are heading over the horizon, it does make me wonder what it must be like for certain key players that have a part in them. Take The Force Awakens for example, Adam Boyega has already explained the weird encounter he had asking Harrison Ford to sign his Han Solo figure, he’s in the presence of greatness and that could’ve been when it finally sank in. Another key member of the crew you’d expect to keep a lid on things though would be J.J. Abrams, the ring master of one of the most anticipated films in recent years undoubtedly had to play it cool, but as he explained to Vanity Fair, there was a specific point in the galaxy far, far away when he experienced something he never would have imagined. It involved a few key scenes already shot, and showing them to one of the most revered movie soundtrack creators of all time, John Williams.
Speaking to the trade, Abrams explained:
Maybe the weirdest moment, which came months after production, was the first time I sat down with John Williams to show him about a half an hour of the movie. I can’t describe the feeling. All I will say is, just to state the facts of it: I am about to show John Williams 30 minutes of a Star Wars movie that he has not seen that I directed.
I mean, none of what I just said to you was ever going to happen in any form. John Williams—he was the DVD or Blu-ray of my childhood because we didn’t, of course, have VHS tapes of movies to watch when we wanted to. So I would buy John Williams soundtracks, often for movies I had not seen yet, and I would lie on the floor in my room with my headphones on listening to the soundtracks which would essentially tell me the story of the movie that I didn’t know. And I’d look at the photographs on the back of the album and I tried to read what I could about the movie—but really, I would just listen to these soundtracks. So it was an amazing thing to get to know him. But the weirdest thing was the idea that I was showing him scenes from a Star Wars movie he hadn’t seen yet. And the fact that they were scenes that I directed—that’s probably as surreal as it gets in my professional life experience.
It’s comments like this that should reassure us that The Force Awakens is in good hands. Fans have one of their own taking great care to help return to Star Wars, a saga that like millions of others was a huge part of his life, and has now become integral to it thanks to a career defining opportunity. Trust him, the force is strong with this one.
The Force Awakens in case you didn’t know, hits cinemas December 18 this year.