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On Harrison Ford

Apparently, Harrison Ford is the awesome grandpa of your dreams. Abrams, who watched the 73-year old actor recover after an on-set mishap broke his leg, speaks of him with awe:

“He was the toughest, most impressive human being. If I ever were in a disaster, he’s the only person I know who would be great to have at your side.”

The interview with Ford himself doesn’t disappoint, but the highlight is Ford admitting that dressing up like a galactic space smuggler one more time was a ton of fun:

“Clothes make the man. I could have felt silly, to be my age prancing around in high boots and a gun belt with a guy in the hair suit, but I didn’t. I love the work. I like playing different kinds of characters. What’s not to like? It’s no big fucking deal. This is what I do.”

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Details and Possible Spoilers

And this is where we delve into some potential minor spoilers. If you’re sensitive to this kind of thing, feel free to scroll down to the bottom of this page and check out a gallery of new photos. If you want a taste of what’s in store for the movie’s big climax, read on:

Back at Bad Robot, I am permitted to watch Abrams editing the movie for precisely 20 minutes. That adds up to maybe a minute or two of actual footage. So I can confirm that there is a space battle in the film, featuring X-Wings and TIE fighters and something like a Death Star. There is a lightsaber duel, where Kylo Ren is unmasked, revealing an intense-looking, unscarred Driver. There is a weapon that the filmmakers, at least, refer to as a “Sunsucker.” I see a churning energy device on the ground of a planet that sends a massive, lavalike beam upward – Sunsucker or not, it looks scary.

It’s likely that the “Sunsucker” he’s talking about is a codename for the Starkiller Base, the weapon/secret base that is commanded by Domhnall Gleeson‘s General Hux. Abrams and his team creating a secret name for an element of the film just to confuse a visiting journalist may be the Abrams-iest thing Abrams has ever done.

The article also teases a scene so full of little references to past films that fans will probably have to do the whole frame-by-frame examination thing. However, Abrams suggests that they need to keep prequel references to a minimum:

They begin by reviewing a shot shown in the trailer, where dozens of flags appear on a castle that belongs to Maz Kanata, a mysterious little goggle-wearing creature, played by Lupita Nyong’o (12 Years a Slave) via motion-capture and CGI. The flags are designed to drive superfans nuts with references to the earlier movies, but Abrams tells Guyett that too many of them allude to the first of Lucas’ prequels: “I don’t want to be too about podracers,” he says. “I’d rather come up with our stuff.”

Star Wars: The Force Awakens opens on December 18, 2015.

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