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Harrison Ford Was the One Responsible for Finn & Rey’s Chemistry

In a story flying around social media recently, J.J. Abrams talked about how waiting for Harrison Ford to recover from his on-set injury allowed him to re-assess Finn and Rey’s relationship in The Force Awakens. Here’s the full story, but I wanted to highlight one quote from Abrams:

“…we started to do work with Rey and Finn, the first time we did it, it didn’t work at all. It was much more contentious. I didn’t direct it right. It was set up all wrong…”

If you read my post about the differences between the novelization and the movie, you may have noticed that I referenced Rey’s personality differences (see point #15). She’s kind of a jerk at times.

I’m willing to bet that the novel was written (and in production) prior to Abrams changing some of Rey and Finn’s relationship. Can I say that for sure? No. In fact, I don’t really have any idea. But, it’s an interesting point to think about how production schedules can change the nature of the story being told in multiple formats.

What do you think? Have you read the novel? What’d you think about Rey’s personality vs. what you saw in the movie?

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Jay Sherer is the author of Timeslingers, a time travel adventure available now on, and the soon-to-be released comic book, The Standard. He’s also a big Star Wars fan, if you couldn’t tell.
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2 Comments on Harrison Ford Was the One Responsible for Finn & Rey’s Chemistry

  1. I still don’t have read the novel but, reading some accounting on the backstage facts, is quite usual that during planning and work-in-progress concerning books or movies, “ideas have been changed”. And the plots too.
    Regards. M

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