Pulling off ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ at all, much less to the successful degree that it has attained, was a Herculean task and J.J. Abrams and all involved managed to pull it off admirably. But with so many demands, some things had to be cut. What wound up on the cutting room floor? Well, ‘The Force Awakens’ editors Mary Jo Markey and Maryann Brandon have revealed two scenes that would have given additional screen time to three characters that perhaps didn’t as much as they could have in the finished film.
Two of these were Chewbacca and Simon Pegg’s cameo as Unkar Plutt, the junk dealer that interacts with Rey early in the film.
Markey reveals that Unkar Plutt was originally supposed to pop back up later in the film… although he would not have stuck around for long.
As she says:
‘There is a scene in the cantina, or our version of it, the Maz castle, where Rey, once she separates from Finn and wanders off, and Unkar Plutt is there, because he’s been tracking her because she stole the Falcon from him. And they have a confrontation and Chewie comes in and rips his arm off.”
Ouch! Bad guys and their arms have a bad history in this series!
While that may have been a fun scene, the next might have been a bit more important. Maybe not in terms of the story– since it was cut, after all– but… well, there was so much hype around Gwendoline Christie’s Captain Phasma before the movie came out and the character appeared on loads of merchandising, but… well, if I had to complain about something, it’s that this character that was hyped so much did a whole lot of NOTHING in the actual movie.
“There was actually a fun thing with Captain Phasma ordering all of the ships into the air, but they didn’t realize that Han and Finn had just thrown her down a garbage chute.”
Okay, not a whole lot, but Christie is confirmed to be returning for ‘Episode VIII’ so maybe we’ll learn more about this character then.
Would you have liked to have seen these scenes in the movie? Or was it just fine and long enough as it was?
Source: Screen Rant