Jump to Main ContentJump to Primary Navigation
Top

This is the twisted story behind Kylo Ren's ash table

ren.jpg

It was only on screen for about two, maybe three seconds, but one object in The Force Awakens left us with a whole heap of questions.

What the heck was with Kylo Ren's weird dusty table?

You know the one. During the interrogation of Rey (Daisy Ridley), Kylo (Adam Driver) doffs his imposing mask before slamming it into a table of black charcoal. Either the cleaners of the Star Killer base had made a habit of missing a spot, or the black dust had some weird material properties that were perfect for keeping ominous masks in pristine condition.

It turns out the story behind the macabre furniture is much, much darker.

Table

Speaking to Entertainment Weekly, JJ Abrams revealed that the table was actually intended to appear in an entirely different scene:

"Sometimes bits and pieces of one scene end up being something that you use in another scene that you didn’t expect," explained the director. "That’s always kind of fun, when you realize that something you’ve shot actually has a use you didn’t expect."

Anyway, getting to the dark, twisty point...

"The backstory is, that that table has the ashes of the enemies he’s killed," said Abrams. "That moment was actually shot for, and meant to be used in, the scene where he was talking to the Vader mask."

Yep. Kylo Ren likes to rest his evil face mask in the ashes of his fallen foe. All those trainee Jedi from Luke Skywalker's academy, the various figures who have stood in his way of discovering the location of the hidden Jedi master - he keeps their remains in his personal chambers. It adds to his hoarding tendencies: if he stores ashes, clings to Vader's burnt out mask and lusts after obtaining Luke's lightsaber, what else does he hide under his bed?

Abrams' explained that this shot was moved from the Vader monologue in order to delay Kylo Ren showing his face.

"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," said Abrams says. "So that shot was stolen from the scene that we had changed and put into the scene with Rey."

Kylo Ren - the teenage emo villain the Star Wars saga has been sorely lacking. 

(Image: All Star, Entertainment Weekly)

[Via: Entertainment Weekly]

Related

luke-skywalker-force-awakens.jpg

Mark Hamill sends Daisy Ridley a birthday message she won't forget

rogue.jpg

Everything you didn't spot in the Star Wars: Rogue One trailer

starwarsfacebook.jpg

If Star Wars characters had Facebook, this is what they'd post

Comments

More

Ray Winstone on family, feminism and how film stars have changed

His wilder years may be behind him, but a return to his roots has given Ray Winstone a new lease of life

by Jimi Famurewa
27 Apr 2017

Watch Mindhorn for FREE with ShortList Film Club

Check out the new film starring Julian Barratt

27 Apr 2017

M. Night Shyamalan announces sequels to Split and Unbreakable

*SPOILERS INSIDE*

by Gary Ogden
27 Apr 2017

Julian Barratt on jazz, memes, and the Chuckle Brothers

We spoke to the "miserable, slightly pretentious" comedian

by Ralph Jones
27 Apr 2017

John Boyega photobombing hardcore Star Wars fans is essential viewing

The man knows to make an entrance

by Matt Tate
26 Apr 2017

Heath Ledger's sister talks about her brother in tender new interview

Kate Ledger gently refutes claims that his role as the joker led to his fatal overdose

by Tom Mendelsohn
26 Apr 2017

Jeff Goldblum set up a free food giveaway for the sake of a 6/10 pun

It's all in the delivery

by Tom Victor
26 Apr 2017

Great news alert: Jeff Goldblum is returning to the Jurassic Park fran

Ian Malcolm is back back back

by Gary Ogden
26 Apr 2017

Wes Anderson’s Isle of Dogs has a release date and new poster

Just look at the names on that poster

by Tom Victor
26 Apr 2017

Watch Chris Pratt confess his love for a bacon sandwich

Haven't we all at one point?

by Matt Tate
25 Apr 2017