“Star Wars” actor Domhnall Gleeson doesn’t think too much about the criticism over “The Rise of Skywalker” — the final film of the Skywalker Saga.
Is ‘Rise of Skywalker’ too long?
- “The film is what the film needed to be, I think. There’s always stuff that you would like to see more of, but you can’t have a 17-hour film, I’ve been told. Apparently that’s not allowed, so I was happy with what was there,” he said.
Gleeson’s character, General Hux, died during “The Rise of Skywalker” in an almost blink-and-you’ll-miss-it moment. He told IndireWire he would have loved to be in the film longer or survive the Skywalker Saga. But it was clearly not meant to be.
- “It would’ve been nice to stick around a little bit longer, for sure. It would’ve been nice to see the spy thing play out a little bit, but J.J. (Abrams) knows what he’s doing, and I heard a kind of gasp in the cinema when it happened, so I guess he was right.”
General Hux’s original fate
In early 2020, details of the abandoned Episode IX script — called “Star Wars: Duel of the Fates” and written by original director Colin Trevorrow — would have given Hux a bigger role than what he received in “The Rise of Skywalker.”
- Hux would have become the chancellor of the Republic since the First Order would have taken control of the government, as I wrote for the Deseret News.
- The script would have revealed Hux to be a fan of the Sith culture. He would have killed himself by sticking a lightsaber blade through his body after seeing the First Order begin to fall, according to LRM Online.