J.J. Abrams On His Love Of STAR WARS; "It Was Like Another Echelon Of Mind Expansion"

J.J. Abrams On His Love Of STAR WARS; "It Was Like Another Echelon Of Mind Expansion"

We already know that he's a major Star Wars fan, but Star Trek Into Darkness and Star Wars Episode VII director J.J. Abrams talks here about his love for the franchise and reveals which version of the classic trilogy with his kids. Check it out!

In the latest issue of Empire Magazine, J.J. Abrams reveals that he is a HUGE fan of Downton Abbey. Far more interesting to us however is his love of Star Wars. After reinventing the Star Trek franchise with the 2009 reboot, the highly anticipated sequel to that movie - Star Trek Into Darkness - will hit this year, while the prolific filmmaker will then tackle Episode VII for LucasFilm and Disney soon after. Below he talks in detail about why exactly he loves the franchise, although we probably shouldn't expect to see any special editions of his upcoming Star Wars movies, as Abrams reveals that he decided to share the original theatrical cuts when introducing the movie to his children.

"[Star Wars] did comedy, it did drama, it did romance, it did action-adventure, it did spectacle and scope and scale. When I saw that movie it was like another echelon of mind expansion. It balanced so incredibly character, pyrotechnics and groundbreaking visuals - but more importantly, groundbreaking ideas. You take for granted so many things about it that were really novel concepts, not just visually interesting things. The sets were incredible, the miniatures, what was done with opticals, what was done with matte painting on glass.

"The truth is, it was so unbelievably ballsy and out-there. They combined every trick in the book, every technique. But more importantly, it was so deeply considered in terms of character. Whatever had been planned from the beginning or not, you cannot deny the attitudes of each of those characters - alluding to a world that you didn't really have to understand, but that you knew existed.

"My favourite movie, Annie Hall or Jaws or whatever, those are brilliant movies, but Star Wars did so much more because its ambition was preposterously huge. So, while I don't think it influenced me more, it opened up another dimension of what was possible. But then I would say it doesn't easily lend itself to influence, frankly, because it is so unique in its existence.

"There was really no debate for me. There was no wrestling. I showed them the movies in the order they were made. The originals, yes, This is critical."

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Josh Wilding
Member Since 3/13/2009
Filed Under "Star Wars" 3/31/2013 Source: Empire Magazine
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Jollem - 3/31/2013, 11:24 AM
thewonderer - 3/31/2013, 11:41 AM
oh wow a lens flare joke how original
jlabatman0511 - 3/31/2013, 11:42 AM
All I can say is, you better get it right dude. People like Yoss:
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and SRS:
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and these [frick]ers:
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they are all relentless and quite unforgiving!
Jollem - 3/31/2013, 11:43 AM
i just came across the pic and thought it was funny. settle down
TheGreenBastard - 3/31/2013, 11:43 AM
I think people bitching about his lense flares should relax. He's done two Star Trek movies, and is atleast going to produce the third, and the lense flares are what he wanted to use in that movie. I don't think he'll want Episode 7 to have the same visual feel as Trek, that would be a mistake. Plus, I don't remember seeing lense flares in his other movies, or shows. I could be wrong though.
sephiroth211 - 3/31/2013, 11:47 AM
@TankD: He may be trying to be funny, but as you said that thing looks kinda badass though.
ruadh - 3/31/2013, 11:48 AM
Man...JJ Abrams is really looking like the Rock lately.
sephiroth211 - 3/31/2013, 11:48 AM
LMFAO jla!!
WYLEEJAY - 3/31/2013, 11:53 AM
The lens flares were supposed to be his signature. After all the complaints he toned it down but they won't ever go away. I only seen them a couple times during Super 8. No where near as distracting.
Jollem - 3/31/2013, 11:59 AM
joking about lens flares is like joking about anything marvel studios. you get attacked
AlternateNo4 - 3/31/2013, 11:59 AM
don't i recall lens flares in episode 3? at least in that big orbital battle at the beginning? could e wrong i'm not an expert, but i do get annoyed when people act like he singlehandedly invented lens flares. i remember lens flares back when they were actual LENS flares, and so i love 'em... to me they work at making me feel like the scenes were actually filmed.
LP4 - 3/31/2013, 12:04 PM
I really don't mind Abrams' lens flares. They make the environments seem more sci fi-ish.
sephiroth211 - 3/31/2013, 12:08 PM
IIIAdamantiumIII - 3/31/2013, 12:09 PM
dear JJ, I HATE YOU!
sephiroth211 - 3/31/2013, 12:12 PM
jlabatman0511 - 3/31/2013, 12:15 PM
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jlabatman0511 - 3/31/2013, 12:17 PM
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sephiroth211 - 3/31/2013, 12:22 PM

Another member of the Jedi Squirrel Council.
TheBeard - 3/31/2013, 12:29 PM

Ocelot - 3/31/2013, 12:33 PM
JJ should have done a Mass Effect movie, suits his style more
sephiroth211 - 3/31/2013, 12:34 PM
sephiroth211 - 3/31/2013, 12:35 PM
datNAMEtho - 3/31/2013, 1:04 PM
LOL at the arch-enemies
DukeAcureds - 3/31/2013, 1:14 PM
I totally agree ith showing the films in the order they were made.
For one thing, if that's not the right oreder in which to watch them, then that means they were made in the wrong order. Which would be silly.
But, most importantly, the prequels as a trilogy (and Sith, in particular) are just one big Empire Spoiler, y'know?
If the first time you watch them is in linear order, then by the time Darth Vader says "I am your father!", instead of going "Holy shit! No way! You have to be shitting me! What the fvck?!!!" you'd probably just say "Yeah, he is."
AlternateNo4 - 3/31/2013, 1:40 PM
@duke also it turns the infamous pre-swing kiss into a really uncomfortable moment.
(or else a really hot one, i mean i'm not here to judge anybody)
INSTANTJUSTICE - 3/31/2013, 1:56 PM

The biggest mistake Lucas ever made was ruining the greatest twist in film for future viewers.

DukeAcureds - 3/31/2013, 2:44 PM
AlternateNo4@ To say nothing of Empire's full-on tonsil fvcking.
ahhmynuts - 3/31/2013, 3:47 PM
These movies are going to LOOK sooo sick
NeoBaggins - 3/31/2013, 6:46 PM
"The originals, yes"

soaponapope - 3/31/2013, 7:21 PM
LOL anakin, obi wan, yoda and tupac
Ceejay - 3/31/2013, 9:16 PM
Not even JJ Abrams can polish this turd.
PanaV - 4/1/2013, 5:03 AM
Personally i think that lens flares are a personal trademark of JJ and i find it really really cool. It gives a whole other futuristic vibe in the movies and i don't find them distracting at all. Most of his films have them. At least the ones that were after the release of Optical Flares by Andrew Kramer, because it seems that JJ really digs that package. Anyhow i am always interested in seeing JJ's lens over my screen
ruadh - 4/1/2013, 7:44 AM
"I totally agree ith showing the films in the order they were made"

I agree with this to some extent, but recently realized the best order to watch is 4, 5, 1, 2, 3, 6.

I know that seems really weird, but it actually TOTALLY supports the Empire reveal. And the twin thing is something where the audience shares Obi-Wan's surprise rather than Luke's, but still. You get the initial adventure, then the bummer one that is awesome with a bomb dropped at the end, then the explanations for that bomb, with another new surprise, and then the wrapup at the end.

It's the way I intend to show my son.
NeoBaggins - 4/1/2013, 6:34 PM
Lens Flares are the shit. Gives a movie that epic 80's feel. MARVEL's level went up when Branagh accented Loki with a blue lens flare as he walked the stairs from his thrown to a defiant group of ex-allies.


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