If you have seen Star Wars 7: The Force Awakens, you may have noticed there were some scenes from the trailers not added in the final product. J.J. Abrams has now discussed why some of these scenes weren’t added.
It goes without saying that some slight spoilers are discussed here. Click away if you are one of the few people in the world that have yet to watch the movie.
As reported by Entertainment Weekly, J.J. Abrams talked about some of the deleted scenes from the movie. This includes some scenes included during the promotional trailers and TV spots.
One of the crucial scenes cut is when Maz Kanata hands over Luke’s old lightsaber to Rey. This was a scene that was actually shot and finished, but JJ changed his mind on it.
He said: “That was a scene actually filmed, but we took out. At one point, Maz used to continue along with the characters back to the Resistance base, but we realized that she really had nothing to do there of value, except to be sitting around. Lupita did film scenes on set for that sequence, but it felt it unnecessary. So we ended up leaving those things out.”
In general, Abrams said some other scenes were cut as it might diminish the impact of a character’s entrance and more. He also said some scenes were cut in order for the audience to focus on something else other than an unnecessary scene.