If you were thrilled at the thought of seeing Gwendoline Christie in Star Wars: The Force Awakens, you were likely feeling a touch disappointed as you left the cinema.
Although Christie's performance as Captain Phasma was nothing short of Phasm-tastic — and her mark on the universe already shows — audiences were left wondering why the statuesque Game Of Thrones beauty never removed her helmet.
Especially seeing as she campaigned so hard for the role, the decision to keep her covered feels like a missed opportunity. In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, Christie reveals how not showing her face became a liberating acting experience:
“I thought it was a really interesting opportunity because as an actor I’m interested in transformation and different kinds of roles. What’s the role about? Who is the character? What does the character mean in the function of a project or story? I thought it was a really interesting opportunity to play a female character where we formed an opinion of her based on her actions rather than the way she has been made flesh. And that concept within a Star Wars movie, a mainstream phenomenon, was very modern and interesting and exciting. I made no secret of the fact I wanted to be in the film, I campaigned hard to be in the film, but to be in it as that kind of character — she’s a woman, she’s in armor, the armor isn’t sexualized, and in the film we don’t see the actor’s face — I thought that was an exciting, modern concept. And obviously, I’m delighted to be in another film [Episode VIII].”
If you think about it, Christie is far from the first character in the Star Wars universe to keep their face hidden. Among Boba Fett, Darth Vader and swarms of unnamed Stormtroopers, the removing of one's mask is something that appears to be earned over time.
With Star Wars: Episode VIII already in the works and with Episode IX confirmed, I'm hoping there will be ample opportunity for Christie to explore her character and remove the mask when Captain Phasma's time comes.
Would you have liked to see Captain Phasma remove her helmet?
(Source: Entertainment Weekly)