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Probably the least enjoyable character in ‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi‘ was Benicio Del Toro’s DJ and now we’ve learned a bit more about him. There isn’t much to go on from his past but we’ve learned that his nickname of DJ actually stands for “Don’t Join.” The reasoning behind that makes sense in context but we’ll get to that in the moment.

In the film, we see that DJ is really only out for himself and has no loyalties to either the First Order or The Resistance and believes that both sides are wrong. With that in mind, he has no qualms about taking advantage of the situation and selling himself out to the highest bidder. Or, as seen in the film, anyone he is working with.

According to the ‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi Visual Dictionary’:

He thinks larger causes are for fools, since society is just a machine looking to
into a cog. First Order, Resistance, or New Republic — it doesn’t matter where on the spectrum
such a cause may lie; ultimately all are meat grinders that chew up their followers with the same disinterest.

I’m not sure if I couldn’t stand the character because we’ve all met someone as selfish as DJ is or because Del Toro really just brought such an unlikable character to life before our eyes.

It is unclear if he’ll be back in ‘Star Wars: Episode IX‘ but I suspect that we haven’t seen the last of DJ or his quest for personal gain.

What did you think about DJ in ‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’? Do you feel this was a character who needs to return or was he simply a MacGuffin that we’ll never have to see again? Share your thoughts below!

Source: Comic Book