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YAHOO – After Harrison Ford brought down the house at the Star Wars: The Force Awakens panel on Friday, he offered some words of advice to the younger members of the cast who are just embarking on their journey to a galaxy far, far away. “It’s too late for them,” said Ford (you can watch video of the interview above). “Life as they knew it is no longer possible.” He recounted a “serious conversation” he’d had with Daisy Ridley, who plays young heroine Rey (and Han Solo’s seat mate in the Millennium Falcon according to the new behind-the-scenes footage.) “I said, ‘Your life will change,” he remembered. “You’ll be by turns happy and delighted and employed. And then you’ll wonder what the hell happened every once in awhile.”

An obviously reflective Ford went on with some thoughts that seem to sum up the central challenge of his legendary career: “The natural state of the actor is to observe life around them. And now you have to figure out how to do that when all anybody’s looking at is you.”

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STARWARS7NEWS – As we covered before, actress Daisy Ridley and Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy visited Japan, for the very first press conference for Star Wars: The Force Awakens 2 weeks ago. It appears in one of the many interviews, Kathleen Kennedy actually revealed some really cool bits about the upcoming movies that we missed…

Special thanks to our reader TOGO from Japan who pointed us to this article. (And apologies for the sketchy translation – cobbled together from multiple sources and paraphrased by me. Keep in mind that this is not a direct translation, but an interpretation of two imperfect translations – we’re working with what we can here.)

From Kotaku.jp:

Kotaku: As we get into this epic saga, what research did you do in advance?
Kathleen Kennedy: In order to understand George Lucas’s fictional world and his method for creating it, we spent a considerable amount of time doing research onto what he made. The contents, it is his prior research, which was carried out in order of production, such as about the work that he was affected by, such as Flash Gordon and Akira Kurosawa’s movies. In addition, we looked a lot at early concept art by Ralph McQuarrie; we also went to the San Francisco Lucasfilm archive. The Death Star of the model that was actually used in the movie from the archive in San Francisco can be pulled out, and the Stormtrooper costume can be examined anew. Since the staff there are super Star Wars geeks, they fainted when we stopped by. [Laughs]

Daisy Ridley: Compared to Kathleen, I didn’t do nearly as much research! [Laughs] What I did for the movie was look into how to portray an independent character in a compelling way; what I mainly did for this was to conduct physical training. Reading the script and interpreting Rey’s thoughts and actions were also important, as I wanted to understand what I should show in the film.

Kennedy: Daisy trained with the swordfight choreographer of Game of Thrones.

Kotaku: She did a lot of training in swordfighting as well?
Kennedy: She learned the bōjutsu fighting style. Rey uses the staff she has in the trailer to fight. Daisy’s gotten to be so good at bōjutsu that even grown men on the set fear it. [Laughs]

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VANITY FAIR – For some Star Wars fans, there’s no May the Fourth news finer than this: director J. J. Abrams revealed that he’s thought about killing off the very controversial Jar Jar Binks. Sitting in an edit bay at his Bad Robot production office and pointing to a frame of Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Abrams told Vanity Fair contributing editor Bruce Handy, “I have a thought about putting Jar Jar Binks’s bones in the desert there. I’m serious! Only three people will notice, but they’ll love it.”

That’s just the beginning of the behind-the-scenes Star Wars secrets Abrams, Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy, and others divulged for the cover story of Vanity Fair’s June issue, available as a digital edition on Thursday, May 7, and on newsstands nationwide on Tuesday, May 12.

In addition to the blend of old and new characters on the cover, Annie Leibovitz traveled to the film’s set and photographed never-before-seen images of characters played by Adam Driver, Gwendoline Christie, and Lupita Nyong’o. The Oscar-winning actress is covered in C.G.I. tracking dots, revealing that even her most die-hard fans may not recognize her playing a purely animated character in the film.

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Watch this video interview with Daisy Ridley and Kathleen Kennedy after the press conference of ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ at the Kick Off Meeting in Japan. She talks about Star Wars Celebration, her time spent in Tokyo and much more!