20 Things The Cast Of Star Wars Has To Do To Remain A Jedi

There is a tremendous amount of responsibility that comes with being involved in the Star Wars universe. And while there are many things that must be a tremendous amount of fun – like swinging a lightsaber around – even that comes with a significant amount of work.

For those involved with the project, the time that they put towards the character definitely isn’t just limited to what you see on the screen. There are various aspects that the Star Wars cast and crew need to keep in mind, lest they want to find themselves in the unemployment line. Especially because Disney has shown in the past that they are more than willing to fire staff that doesn’t fall in line with their vision. Just ask Phil Lord and Christopher Miller, the former directors of Solo: A Star Wars Story.

Cast members of Star Wars have also been upfront about what the best and worst aspects are that come with taking a journey to a galaxy far, far away. And by the end, you may find yourself wondering if it’s even all worth it? Though when John Boyega was asked, he did reply

“There were definitely days where the pressure and schedule was grueling, but it never felt like there were ‘tough’ days to get through, it was Star Wars after all!”

Good point! These are the 20 things that he, along with the other cast, needs to be aware of if they want to stay on that journey. (Source: Esquire)

20 You Go Through Media Training

There aren’t many projects that receive more attention than the Star Wars universe. Which means that the leads of the films need to be prepared to sit down for countless interviews. So perhaps you may not blame them if you’re ever watching them and they’re sounding a little bit exhausted.

When Daisy Ridley was conducting an interview with Glamour, she did reveal that Disney had put her (and seemingly her co-stars) through a type of training that helps her learn how to deal with the media. She didn’t go into too much depth, but perhaps that’s because not talking about it deeply was one of the things mentioned at the training!

Ridley did also admit that her social media profile wasn’t one that was regulated by Disney, though we’re sure that’d change if she slips up.

“My Instagram has not been… what it’s called when they keep tabs on it? Yeah, it’s not monitored.”

Ridley ended up leaving Instagram altogether in 2017, saying in a statement,

“I’m just not equipped for [Instagram]. I’m super sensitive – not too sensitive – but I really feel things.”

Considering her very public role in the spotlight, you need to hope that Ridley has continued to learn how to shake off criticism but nobody can blame her for stepping away from Instagram.  (Source: Telegraph, Dailymail)

19 You Have To Handle Fans

There are surely moments that everyone involved in the Star Wars universe has with fans that were fantastic or very heartwarming and helped make the entire experience even more enjoyable to partake on. But that doesn’t mean that the actors in the films aren’t often taken advantage of by autograph-seekers. When talking about one of his biggest annoyances with having to be involved with the Star Wars universe, Ewan McGregor said,

“The people I meet are the ones who want me to sign Star Wars photos so they can sell them on the Internet or the people at premieres who are crushing children against barriers to get me to sign their picture of Obi-Wan Kenobi. They’re not fans—they’re parasitical lowlifes.”

Oof, tell us how you really feel Ewan? Though even if John Boyega or Daisy Ridley knew that someone was just trying to turn a profit off their signature, we don’t know if they would be as upfront with their negative feelings as Ewan has been. Perhaps they’ll be a little more upfront with their feelings when their time exploring the galaxy is over, but for now, they just need to smile along for the camera. (Source: Independent)

18 Your Obligations Aren’t Just To The Films

There is no question that the Star Wars franchise is more than just the movies. One of the more fun obligations that John Boyega has signed on for was being involved with the video Star Wars: Battlefront gaming franchise. He took to Twitter back in November 2017 to say,

“Okay I can’t believe I’m about to be a playable character in a damn game! This is nuts !!!!! Voiced Finn in this too so enjoy !!” Which you can imagine was a pretty solid promotion for the video game company to receive.

Let’s just hope that Boyega is a fan of the game because if not, he could definitely do some serious damage to their public image. There are also countless other types of merchandise, whether it’s clothing or things like toys that prominently feature the faces of some of the best Jedi (and sith!) of all-time. Something tells us that if Boyega went into the head office and told them to stop making toys with his face on it, that things wouldn’t exactly go over too smoothly.

We’re also sure that having all this various merchandise will be very fun for these actors to share with their future families one day. (Source: Twitter)

17 You Can’t Badmouth The Franchise

Star Wars is such a popular franchise that whether people are praising or hating on it, they won’t be shy about sharing their opinion. Such was the case with Mark Hamill, who upon reading The Last Jedi script for the first time, approached director and writer Rian Johnson,

“I told Rian, ‘I fundamentally disagree with virtually everything you’ve decided about my character. It was shocking to me to read what Rian had written.”

Hamill’s criticism of the franchise ended up spreading everywhere online to the extent that Hamill later had to back down on the comments saying,

“I regret voicing my doubts & insecurities in public.Creative differences are a common element of any project but usually remain private. All I wanted was to make good movie. I got more than that- @rianjohnson made an all-time GREAT one!”

We wouldn’t be surprised if all the other cast members looked at this example as what NOT to do when it comes to handling your opinion on the franchise if it’s a negative one. It’s definitely something that feels restrictive, but after the backlash of Hamill’s comment, nobody would be surprised if Disney made sure that the other Jedi learned from his mistake. (Source: VanityFair)

16 You Need Months Of Lightsaber Training

Some of the most iconic moments in Star Wars come when the characters have a lightsaber in their hand. But the amazing things you see on the screen aren’t without a significant amount of hard work. In an interview, Ridley and Boyega admitted to training for upwards of 3 months to get their moves right for Star Wars: The Force Awakens.

Which is like having a whole new job all in learning how to duel! Thankfully the hard work paid off for them. But if Boyega (and others like Adam Driver for that matter) weren’t willing to put in those long months, they’d never stick around for very long. Boyega also spoke out about the training in an interview with Verge, saying,

“You know, it started off with sticks. And then I advanced to the ignited sabers, and I really enjoyed myself working with the sabers. The swinging, the aggression. And I was able to add my own little fighting style to that, my own ideas.”

When talking about her experiences with lightsabers and the training that went into it, Ridley stated, “They’re really heavy. Three, four, five kilos? And the weight’s very unevenly distributed,” as well as explaining her workout with the lightsaber, “You do, like, eight thwacks one way, eight the other, eight up, eight down.” (Source: TheMarySue, SuperHeroJacked, ETCanada)

15 You May Get Re-Cast Even After You Stop Filming 

There are sadly plenty of examples in cinematic history when for whatever reason, the footage just never ended up making it to the finished project. Can you imagine how excited Michael K. Williams would have been when he was cast in the Solo film? Now just imagine how disappointed he must have felt when he got the news that his entire role was being re-cast. Even though he already had filmed his entire part.

But when Ron Howard was brought in to direct, he decided that nothing Williams had done was good enough to stay in the finished project. Because Williams was busy with another project, he was replaced by Paul Bettany. There was no way for Williams to have known that he was going to have to go and film all of his parts again, which means taking on another movie role was understandable. But not having a Star Wars film on his resume may also hurt him going forward.

When talking about the situation with EW Morning Live, Williams stated,

“What saddens me most is I was very proud of the work that I did. What I believe I have created with Emilia Clarke and Woody Harrelson and Alden [Ehrenreich, who plays Solo]… I thought it was some great work. We were on the spaceship, and we all had these amazing scenes together, and I thought it was a great opportunity, and I thought it was some great stuff. It’s unfortunate the world won’t get to see it.” (Source: AVClub, CinemaBlend)

14 You Need To Be Careful What You Tweet

John Boyega knows that whenever he chooses to let the world in on his thoughts through social media, that millions of people are going to be interested in it. This includes when he talks about mundane things, but absolutely is also the case when he gives some insight into his life as an actor.

But an example from this past June may remind Boyega that as the lead in the Star Wars franchise that he really needs to think long and hard before he tweets.

After tweeting out, “Time to play a villain ey…,” many people raced to their own social media to express anger over Boyega accidentally tweeting out that his character in Star Wars would turn evil.

Like he’d really let that slip? C’mon guys, at least have a little bit of faith that Disney wouldn’t cast someone who would make a mistake like that. Though if he did, you’d perhaps understand if Disney was a little bit peeved off at him. That being said, it did still get the attention of Mark Hamill who gave very sage advice,

“See how easy it is to accidentally leak a spoiler, son? (Hope you didn’t say anything about OUR relationship in #EpVIII)” (Source: HollywoodReporter)

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13 Yoda Couldn’t Leave The Set

This specific rule applied to Frank Oz, who reprised his iconic role of Yoda in Star Wars: The Last Jedi. The revelation was a huge surprise to many people. Something that was a very deliberate effort by one of the producers on the film, Ram Bergman.

“I had to convince Frank to basically make sure we don’t put his name on the poster, and not to do any press about it. I made sure he ate in the office and not publicly in the restaurant when he came to Pinewood [Studios.]”

Talk about something that may not have been the easiest sell! Hamill also had a role in the secrecy, “We were emailing each other: ‘Meet me in the parking lot and I’ll sneak you up to my hotel room. You’re reading these things later and thinking, ‘Eww, that’s kind of creepy. People could take this the wrong way.'”

While there were many things that people chose to complain about when it came to The Last Jedi, nobody can fault the extreme lengths that the crew went to, to help keep a sense of mystery alive as to what to expect. Let’s hope they’re just as successful in this venture when they film the next instalment. (Source: EW)

12 You’re In The Gym Multiple Hours a Day, Multiple Days a Week

While movies may be make-believe, the actors have to get in very real shape in order to be convincing on the screen. Boyega may have a lightsaber, but being hampered by a dad bod may make even the smoothest lightsaber moves falling flat.

But Boyega is well aware that being in ridiculous shape is just part of being involved in the Star Wars universe. When BusinessInsider talked about Boyega’s workout routine, they gave some insight on what helped give him the extra edge.

“After filming wrapped on The Force Awakens, Boyega sought out the trainer who got Michael B. Jordan in ridiculous shape for Creed. He saw how Michael looked in ‘Creed’ and said, ‘I want that guy,’”

He definitely achieved those goals. When Daisy Ridley was also asked about how frequent her workouts were, she admitted that she would train for upwards of 5 hours a day, 5 days a week. While that may sound excessive, Ridley assured Elle that it was something she enjoyed, “Because it’s the only thing structured in my life right now. Training is sort of a therapy session, I guess.”

With those amount of hours being put in, there is also no way that Ridley can question the efforts she put into the role.  (Source: Superherojacked, Elle)

11 You Need To Keep a Respectable Image In Society

Regardless of what job it is that you have in society, it’s inevitable that you are going to find yourself stressed out. Which means that when the opportunity presents itself, getting to go out and drink with some buddies is probably pretty tempting. After all, don’t you deserve to unwind after you work hard all week long? And while being in the Star Wars movie is probably a great deal of fun, it’s a job that is also very stressful.

But if you’re one of the main cast members of the series, it wouldn’t be surprising to hear that they have been told they always need to be on their best behavior when they’re out in the world. Star Wars is a franchise that is beloved by all ages, and having a photo of John Boyega partying probably isn’t the look that Disney wants going for them.

The cast and crew have managed to stay by this guideline, whether official or not, but if one of them slips up, we’re sure the casting department will have no trouble in finding another new actor to come step into the role. Someone who will not only deliver the lines in the script but also succeed in keeping their public image clean.

10 You Need To Keep Things Secrative

When Daisy Ridley first got the call that she was being cast in the Star Wars franchise, you can imagine she was over the moon with excitement. But she learned very early on that there is a strict level of confidentiality that comes with the role,

“I couldn’t tell any of my friends. I told my mum and my sisters— then my sister told her boyfriend, and my mum told her friend. I was like, ‘Great, guys—you are great.'”

John Boyega also opened up more about how the level of secrecy impacts his life,

“I can’t lie, when working [on] these movies they tell you of course that you’re not allowed to tell anybody, but everybody has that one person that they go ‘you know what, man, this is what happens!’. I have that one person. I can’t disclose who it is but I tell them everything, I can’t lie. Absolutely everything. But most of my friends and family don’t really ask.”

You can only imagine the kind of information that John Boyega’s close friend would be willing to share with the world if things ever went sour between the two of them. Thankfully, at least so far, things seem to be pretty smooth sailing. Which also begs the question, who does he tell? Boyega doesn’t have a significant other, but one of his parents may be a pretty safe bet. (Source: NYDailyNews, BBC, WhosDatingWho)

9 You Must Be Willing To be written off

Daisy Ridley has done many dangerous things in her life, but do you know that she risked her life in order to get the proper shot for a scene? While we’re sure she’s ecstatic that things turned out okay when talking to Elle she mentioned the very real fear that she was feeling,

“We were told about this scorpion in Abu Dhabi that, if it stabbed you, you needed treatment within half an hour. There was this bit where I was lying in the sand, and if a scorpion got me, the nearest hospital was an hour away. So I was like, I could die right now. I could be dead in half an hour.”

Which means that whenever you watch the movies again and you see a scene where Ridley needs to interact with some sand, that you know that she knew her life was on the line. Talk about being dedicated to her job! Though can you imagine the scandal if things had gone poorly? And if you’re going to go out, why not while filming Star Wars. We are sure that there are also many scenes that are filmed where the actors are very thankful that the studio employs stunt actors. (Source: Elle)

8 You Need To Make Sure Your Acting Meets Producers Standards

We are sure that on every movie set there is going to be at least someone involved who is one of the higher-ups that isn’t a huge fan of what they’re seeing. But when you agree to participate in a Star Wars movie, you know that any potential drama from the set has a very real way of making it’s way to the general public.

As was the case with Alden Ehrenreich, who is billed to play the young version of Han Solo for Solo: A Star Wars Story. A character who was, of course, iconically brought to life by Harrison Ford. Emilia Clarke and Donald Glover will also be along for the trip.

But it was Ehrenreich who had reports that surfaced around him upsetting the producers with his performance to the extent that an acting coach was brought in. If the film falters, you may know where the blame gets placed.

Daisy Ridley also opened up in a past interview about some of the criticism that was handed her way by Abrams on the first film,

“He probably doesn’t remember telling me that my performance was wooden. This was the first day! And I honestly wanted to die. I thought I was gonna cry, I couldn’t breathe. And there was so many crew there, because obviously all the creatures [had stand-ins], and there were loads of extra crew making sure everyone was safe ’cause it was so hot. It was awful”. (Source: Express, Telegraph)

7 You Need To Attend Many Red Carpet Events 

Red carpet events are just something that comes with being an actor. But when you’re an actor in the Star Wars universe, perhaps they transform into something else entirely. Not only are these actors often traveling around the world for various premieres, but they do so while knowing their outfits are going to be scrutinized.

When the expert stylist Petra Flannery was asked about what it was like to work with Daisy, she replied,

“First of all, Daisy is beautiful. Then we met and the beauty went beyond. She’s smart, has a fresh attitude, and with her amazing figure, fashion calls to her.”

Thankfully the praise goes both ways, as Ridley went on to say, “I have an incredible stylist, and she picks out supercool things, and it’s a really wonderful collaboration to try things I wouldn’t necessarily have tried and work out what feels right for me.”

While this doesn’t mean that Ridley will be immune from potentially showing up on people’s “worst dressed” lists with some outfits in the future, as far as right now, Ridley’s poor looks are few and far between. Perhaps it helps that by this point she has had many red carpet opportunities in her career to help her out. (Source: Vogue)

6 You Need To Reshoot Lots Of Footage

No matter what film or television show that you are working on, it’s perhaps only inevitable that some of the footage filmed is going to have to be reshot. While you can imagine that is a frustrating experience for everyone involved you have to hope that everyone has a good attitude about it.

But when it came to Solo: A Star Wars Story, there was definitely an extensive amount of work that needed to be redone after Phil Lord and Christopher Miller were fired as directors and replaced by Ron Howard.

Paul Bettany who works on the film, as well as playing Vision in the Marvel Universe, opened up to Total Film about the impact of Howard,

“His staging ability is so brilliant…I think he went in and he was like a laser, working out what needed to be done when he looked at the footage. And then, as things moved on, everybody felt so secure with him. And they gave him more. He reshot a lot more than was originally intended.”

While there is no question that Ron Howard is a talented director, it may make the pressure for those scenes that were being re-shot all the higher, as well as the overall expectations for the film. (Source: Cosmicbooknews)

5 You Need To Remain Composed When Confronted With Spoilers

As other entries on our list will show, there are many efforts that are put in place to help prevent spoilers from leaking out on the internet. And when confronted by fans or other celebrities with news that could be a spoiler, you know that the cast has probably had some training in how to deflect it.

Despite this, Boyega still looked like a deer in the headlights when doing an interview with Holly Willoughby as she revealed that Yoda was returning to the series, leading Boyega to awkwardly say,

“Oh Holly…Holly…Holly…You can’t tell the fans exactly what happens,” as well as awkwardly adding, “You know what? Things happen,”

While this situation isn’t nearly as bad as if it was Boyega dropping the spoiler, it was still a very uncomfortable situation for everyone involved. Perhaps the more important rule to have is that Holly should know that if she’s interviewing someone about an upcoming film, that people probably wouldn’t react too positively to her giving out key parts of it. At least that’s a lesson that Boyega seemed to know.

Though that doesn’t unspoil that moment for the millions of people who were surely watching along at home in order to get even more anticipated for the movie. (Source: Telegraph)

4 You Need To Watch Your Diet

Part of making sure your body gets into tremendous shape is making sure you are working out in the gym. But it’s also important that you are combining that with a healthy diet. Something that the cast and crew were generally happy to oblige by. But when talking about the late great, Carrie Fisher, John Boyega did give some fun insight on their relationship on set,

“I was on a strict diet during Episode VIII, and she was like, ‘Kid, get into that fridge and take some chocolate bars. I have many there.’ And I did. I failed my diet because Carrie Fisher told me to. And it [felt] great.”

But hey, when it’s Carrie Fisher that is the one telling you that you’re able to go and have one of her chocolate bars, that’s as good a reason as any as to try and stray from your diet. We’re sure that if there was a day on set where the actors had to reveal a little bit more skin that they may have been a little more reluctant to snack on some chocolate! After all, these movies are going to be watched for the rest of time and that’s a heck of a lot longer than the satisfaction you’d feel from eating some chocolate. (Source: People)

3 John Boyega Has To Deal With more than others

While there were many people who were ecstatic with John Boyega’s portrayal of Finn, there were definitely many racist people who came out and attempted to get a boycott of the film.

When Boyega was asked by the New York Times about his reaction to the movement,

“I’m grounded in who I am, and I am a confident black man. A confident, Nigerian, black, chocolate man. I’m proud of my heritage, and no man can take that away from me. I wasn’t raised to fear people with a difference of opinion. To get into a serious dialogue with people who judge a person based on the melanin in their skin? They’re stupid, and I’m not going to lose sleep over people. The presale tickets have gone through the roof—their agenda has failed. Miserably,”

We’re sure Boyega still has to deal with some awful fans on too often of a basis for anyone’s likings, but it’s clear he knows how to handle himself with composure. Boyega was also open when talking to GQ about how seeing diversity in cinema is one of his biggest appeals,

“I ain’t paying money to always see one type of person on-screen. Because you see different people from different backgrounds, different cultures, every day. Even if you’re a racist, you have to live with that. We can ruffle up some feathers.” (Source: TheGrapeVine, Colorlines)

2 You Need To Adhere To Their Image 

The upcoming Han Solo prequel film has plenty of reasons as to why people are not exactly the most confident. This includes the decision to fire the two directors, Phil Lord and Christopher Miller, that were involved with the project.

It came out that it was creative differences between the directors and the screenwriters, Jonathan and Lawrence Kasdan, and at the end of the day the studio tossed them aside and hired Ron Howard.

When discussing the issue with the Vulture Festival Panel, Lord said,

“I think in terms of us leaving the project, I think everybody went in with really good intentions and our approach to making the movie was different than theirs. That was a really big gap to bridge, and it proved to be too big. Sometimes people break up, and it’s really sad, and it’s really disappointing, but it happens and we learned a lot from our collaborators and we’re better filmmakers for it.”

Which also means that if it wasn’t a director, but an actor, that was clashing with the project that they may also be handed their pink slip. And having tabloid reports being written about you being so difficult that you were fired from Star Wars is a pretty good guarantee to send your career straight to the gutter. (Source: Esquire)

1 You Don’t Get A Physical Copy Of The Script

Benicio Del Toro has been apart of some of the best movies to ever come out. Even if perhaps his best role in The Usual Suspects is forever a little tainted because it stars Kevin Spacey (in honestly what may be what’s considered to be his best role), Del Toro still knows how to light up the screen. He also, of course, does a tremendous job in lending his talents to the Marvel Universe with his portrayal of the Collector. The latter of which we’re sure has scripts that come with a great deal of secrecy as well.

And while he didn’t exactly take on a role of a Jedi in the Star Wars universe, he can still give some insight on how things are run behind the scenes as he still had a role in The Last Jedi. When talking about how Del Toro was given the “script” for the role, he stated,

“I read the script, the script came in an Ipad with a code. Very secret…”

You can only imagine how much trouble an actor would get in if they somehow made a copy of the script unlawfully! Though nobody can blame the franchise for doing everything that is in their power to make sure the movies get as unspoiled as possible. (Source: Movieweb)

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