This is awesome. He had to sign a no disclosure agreement when he arrived, so it’s sparse on actual details (which is good, because I hate spoilers) but he is super psyched about this, you guys.
“What I saw, I absolutely loved. It was tactile — it was real,” the Chasing Amy director raved. “It wasn’t a series of f—ing green screens and blue screens in which later on digital characters would be added. It was there, it was happening.”
“I saw old friends that I haven’t seen since my childhood, who aren’t really friends, but I love them more than some of my f—ing relatives. I saw uniforms, I saw artillery that I haven’t seen since I was a kid,” he continued. “I saw them shooting an actual sequence in a set that is real. I walked across the set, there were explosions. And it looked like a shot right out of a f—ing Star Wars movie. I watched them do it four times, standing next to J.J. I was like, ‘Man, good for you. You’re doing it!'”
Things got really real when Abrams’ assistant took him aboard the Millennium Falcon. Until that point, Smith said, he was a filmmaker appreciating another filmmaker’s work. But the moment he set foot on the ship, he was a kid again.
“My foot went on the landing ramp, and 10 years dropped off my life…Took another f—ing step, another 10 years drop off my life,” he recalled. “I take another step, I’m a f—ing 18-year-old again. I take another step, 12. I take another step, I’m f—ing 9 years old when Empire Strikes Back comes out. And then when I get to my f—ing last step, man, I’m 7 years old, standing on the ramp of the Millennium Falcon. And all the s–t I thought about myself and know about myself to be true…was f—ing gone. And I just started crying. I was connected to my childhood in such a primal way.”
Of Abrams, Smith added: “He’s building a tactile world, a world you can touch. And he’s replicating it with all the love of somebody that has the world’s greatest collection of Star Wars figures…It is like the Field of Dreams. And if J.J. builds it, we’re all gonna come, hard. He’s really pulling it off!”
Whatever reservations I was feeling about these new episodes, this is a ringing endorsement. Already sounds better than the last 3 installments which my husband likes to pretend don’t exist. I dig JJ Abrams, so I have high hopes as long as no more actors break any bones.