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Star Wars The Last Jedi Director Explains Luke’s Force Projection

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Star Wars The Last Jedi was either a masterpiece of film, and one of the best films in the Star Wars franchise, or, an editorial nightmare with numerous plot holes. It just depends on who you talk to. The film was definitely divisive, and even if you did like it, you more than likely had questions about why certain things happened in the film. One of the more pervasive questions has been about the battle between Luke Skywalker and Kylo Ren, and why Luke did certain things.

When we meet Luke on Ach-Too, he’s older, has a scraggly beard and hair, and other things that honestly make him look old. Yet, at the end, when Luke came to the aid of the Resistance, he was younger looking, clean shaven, and more. When did this happen? Turns out, it was just a Force Projection of Luke that he used “fight” Kylo Ren. But it begs the question, why did he make himself look like that?

“Luke is basically tailoring this projection to have maximum effect on Kylo,” director Rian Johnson told IGN. “He knows that Kylo’s Achilles heel is his rage, and so that’s why he kind of makes himself look younger, the way Kylo would’ve last seen him in their confrontation at the temple.”

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That honestly does make sense. After all, Kylo noted in the film that he couldn’t see Luke when he and Rey had their Force conversations, so he honestly had no idea how different Luke looked by the time they fought.

Now, the other question was about why Luke used the blue lightsaber of his father, Anakin, instead of his own green lightsaber. This apparently was also to trigger an emotional response from Kylo. “But Kylo saw it get destroyed!” you might be thinking. Well, Johnson notes that in the fight with Rey (where the saber got split in half), Kylo honestly doesn’t see it get split, so for all he knows, it’s still fine.

What other questions about The Last Jedi do you have? Let us know in the comments below.


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