It's very rare to meet an artist you idolize, let alone work with them on a big-named project that also doubles as one of this year's most anticipated movies. However, this was an opportunity that director Rian Johnson got when working with iconic film composer John Williams for The Last Jedi. However, it didn't all go smoothly for Rian. In fact, the director responsible for Looper managed to embarrass himself in front of Williams.
John Williams Didn't Get The 'Dad Joke'
Recently, Johnson sat down with the hosts of The Star Wars Show to discuss #TheLastJedi. It was here when the director shared his awkward anecdote about his failed attempt to make Williams laugh.
It all happened when Johnson, Williams and the rest of the filmmakers sat down to watch a rough draft of The Last Jedi. As Johnson recounted, he thought that the traditional Star Wars opening would be a great set-up for a hilarious gag.
"When I sat down, the very first time, to watch the movie with John Williams...the lights went down and the Lucasfilm [logo appeared] and the 'Galaxy far, far away...' and the opening fanfare began, I leaned over and I said, 'This first cue is temporary, we'll do something totally different here,' and he looked at me and he didn't realize that I was joking, and the music started up so I couldn't say I was joking because it was too loud."
It goes without saying that the director regrets making this "dad joke."
Don't Mess With The Text Crawl!
If there's one thing you don't mess with in a Star Wars movie, it's the iconic opening sequence. Even the polarizing prequel trilogy kept this tradition alive, and the lack of an opening text scrawl in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story was enough to cause a mild outrage in the Star Wars fanbase.
On a serious note, it sounds highly likely that Rian Johnson was the perfect choice when it comes to finding a director that will honor the saga's legacy. Johnson says that he's been a part of the #StarWars fandom for more than 40 years, and his respect for the franchise is evident in the amount of work and dedication he has poured in the series' eighth installment. Here's hoping that he really was just kidding about changing the iconic scroll!
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