Kylo Ren really resonated with viewers from almost the moment he arrived in Star Wars: The Force Awakens. From his near insane power with the force, to his clearly unstable mind, and yet also his struggle within, it was an odd, yet brilliant, character.
J.J. Abrams chatted with Entertainment Weekly about the Force Awakens release, and talked a lot about Kylo Ren, noting how certain scenes with Kylo Ren got expanded upon:
“Sometimes bits and pieces of one scene end up being something that you use in another scene that you didn’t expect,” Abrams explained in a recent interview. “That’s always kind of fun, when you realize that something you’ve shot actually has a use you didn’t expect.”
One of the big things that has fans curious is that Ren appears to have ashes of some sort in his room, on a table that has Darth Vaders helmet on it. Abrams explained this:
“The backstory is, that that table has the ashes of the enemies he’s killed,” Abrams says. “That moment was actually shot for, and meant to be used in, the scene where he was talking to the Vader mask.”
Also, we almost saw his face way earlier in the film:
“He originally had his mask off the first time we shot that scene. Then we reshot it with his mask on, but we had that shot which I loved and thought was so cool of the mask being slammed down into that ash,” Abrams says. “So that shot was stolen from the scene that we had changed and put into the scene with Rey.”
Star Wars: The Force Awakens, is available now.