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Kevin Smith recently revealed that his visit to the Star Wars Episode VII set brought him to tears - but though he did Instagram an adorable picture of his excitement, he didn't explain why it was that he had teared up.

Until now, that is. Speaking at the Neuchatel International Film Festival in Switzerland, Smith opened up about exactly why his visit was so emotional.

As it turns out, it might just mean a whole lot to all of us Star Wars fans, too:

"I stepped on the Millennium Falcon set. And my foot went on the landing ramp, and 10 years dropped off my life. Suddenly all that s**t — Jersey Girl, Cop Out, Red State, gone. Took another fucking step, another 10 years drop off my life. Now I’m in Clerks country. I take another step, I’m a f***ing 18 year old again. I take another step, 12. Take another step, I’m f***ing nine years old and Empire Strikes Back comes out. And I’m only halfway up the bridge."
"And then when I get to my f***ing last step, man, seven. I’m seven years old, standing on the ramp of the Millennium Falcon. And all the s**t I thought about myself and know about myself to be true, and everything that I project as Kevin Smith was f***ing gone, and I just started crying. I was connected to my childhood in such a primal way…and I wasn’t even stoned."

Gulp. Mega adorable.

The thing is, though, not all of us (or likely any of us, sadly) are going to get to hop onboard the Millennium Falcon anytime soon. What does all this mean for the rest of us, Kev?

"As I walked up that ramp I realized that the something that was missing from those other movies (the prequels) and it’s now in these movies. And its not the obvious like, ‘Hey, the Millennium Falcon!’ or ‘Hey, the characters that we know are returning.’ It’s something else entirely — he’s building a tactile world, a world you can touch. And he’s replicating with all the love of someone who has the world’s greatest collection of Star Wars figures."
"And when you walk on that set, man, I don’t know how else to describe it except thusly: you use another pop culture reference to describe this pop culture phenomenon. It’s like the Field of Dreams, the Kevin Costner movie. And if JJ builds it, we’re all going to come hard, because its amazing. It looks fantastic. So anyone out there wondering if he’s going to pull it off, he’s pulling it off. He showed me cut scenes, he showed me sequences, images, pictures. I cried and I hugged that guy. And I’m sure as I was crying and hugging on him that he was thinking, ‘Time is money,’ because they’re making a movie. But he got it. He was very flattered. And I was like, ‘Honestly dude, you’re doing it. You’re making my childhood again. You’re doing our Star Wars.’ What I saw blew me away."

OK, yeah. That'll do it. I'm in. I mean, I already was, but even so. Just get me to next December already.

The thing is, Smith wasn't done...

"It was tactile — it was real. It wasn’t a series of f***ing green screens and blue screens in which later a bunch of digital characters would be added. IT was there, it was happening. I saw old friends who I haven’t seen since my childhood, who aren’t really friends, but I love them more than some of my f***ing relatives. I saw uniforms, I saw artillery I haven’t seen since I was a kid. I saw them shooting an actual sequence in a set that was real. I walked across the set, there were explosions. And it looked like a shot right out of a Star Wars movie."

Which I'm going to choose to take to mean that there are freakin' AT-AT's in the movie, and just go right ahead and get massively over-excited.

Curse you, Kevin Smith, and your lovable, geeky, blubbing-inducing stories!

[Star Wars: Episode VII](movie:711158) will 18...bwah...2015


What do you guys think? Even more excited about Star Wars Episode VII than before?

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