Recently a story circled the internet involving Steven Spielberg and J.J. Abrams. If you haven't heard, Spielberg was the reason J.J. was offered the director's chair on Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Whether this is exactly how it happened or not, it got me thinking: J.J. has some of the coolest friends in Hollywood.
He knows everybody — more importantly, everybody seems to like him. He's probably spending today, his 50th birthday, in the company of his family and any number of his super cool friends.
J.J.'s Nerd Pal, Stephen Colbert
Nerd hero and late night talk show host Stephen Colbert often talks about his friendship with J.J. As far as buddies go, J.J. may be the coolest one to have, especially for a Star Wars nerd like Colbert. Here they are being violently attacked by BB-8 on the Bad Robot Twitter account:
Yes, Colbert and Abrams are Star Wars pals. One thing you may not know, however, is that Stephen was actually integral to the casting process of Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Here's a look inside an early casting meeting. It was revealed exclusively on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert. Check out this hilarious "behind-the-scenes" footage:
Yes, Star Wars has made true friends out of this famous duo.
J.J.'s Friends in the Force
Among his many other credits, J.J. co-wrote and directed one of the best movies of 2015, Star Wars: The Force Awakens. On set, he met — and discovered — some of the franchise's biggest names.
Here's J.J. having a discussion with Daisy Ridley while she sits upon her speeder prop on set. Thanks, J.J. for introducing the world to this Rey of sunshine!
J.J. got close to many of the cast members while on the set of The Force Awakens. Here he is with John Boyega, who played Finn, the stormtrooper with a conscience. Apparently the two are envisioning the explosions that result from TIE fighter fire.
J.J. even learned astromech to be able to converse with good old R2-D2. It's always nice to see that our favorite, aging stars are treated well on set.
J.J.'s Friends from the Final Frontier
Of course, Star Wars wasn't J.J.'s first space film, nor was it his first franchise reboot. J.J. famously directed Star Trek and Star Trek: Into Darkness and seems to have made some famous buddies there as well.
Here he is with Chris Pine — others may know him as Captain James Tiberius Kirk of the starship Enterprise. Either way, they seem to be having some sort of deep conversation here.
We also get a glimpse at some fun on the set: Here we have J.J. playing mobile games with the Enterprise crew.
J.J.'s Film Buff Buddies
Like I said, J.J. seems to know everyone in Hollywood. Whether they're a comedian, actor, or fellow director, J.J. can call them a friend.
Here he is with famous funny man Ricky Gervais. You've got to love a celebrity funny face selfie.
Here's J.J. with his close buddy Greg Grunberg — who you may recognize as Snap Wexley from The Force Awakens, Sean Blumberg from Felicity, or countless other characters from J.J.'s various works. They're joined by none other than director, comedian, and (in)famous nerd, Kevin Smith.
Yes, J.J. Abrams has friends in high places. Well, actually, he has friends all over the place. There's no telling which famous franchise they'll offer him next. Happy birthday, J.J.!
Do you have a favorite J.J. Abrams moment? Let me know about it in the comments!