When I attended the Hollywood Babble-on Podcast recording in Vicar Street, Dublin (here) on June 29th, actor, writer, director and prolific podcaster Kevin Smith told us about an email he received from JJ Abrams which invited him on to the set of Star Wars Episode VII. He also noted that he was sure he got it by accident and nothing would come for it. That was June 29th.
On June 30th, Smith teased an image on Instagram, saying he’d been on the set. Oh, Kevin, you sly boy…
Anyway, when asked about it, he said he couldn’t reveal anything, although he did hint that there were Stormtroopers.
But Mr Smith does like to talk – bit of an understatement – and he has gotten a little chatty about his visit and at the Neuchâtel International Fantastic Film Festival in Switzerland at the weekend it came up: “We go to the set and they’re actually shooting, and they’re shooting – what I saw I absolutely loved. It was tactile, it wasn’t a series of f#@king green and blue screens in which later on digital characters would be added. It was there it was happening.
“I saw uniforms, I saw artillery that I haven’t seen since I was a kid. I saw them shooting an actual sequence in a set that is real – I walked across the set, there were explosions – and it looked like a shot right out of a f#@king Star Wars movie.”
He also says he got to walk around the Millennium Falcon full-size set. We’re not jealous. At all.
Check out the full chat here and remember, it’s Kevin Smith, so the language is very NSFW.