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‘The Rise of Skywalker’ star claps back at ‘Star Wars’ fans who are upset with the film

Domhnall Gleeson, who plays General Hux, recently spoke out against the criticism of ‘The Rise of Skywalker’

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Stormtroopers in “Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker.”

Stormtroopers in “Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker.”

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“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?

Gleeson recently told IndieWire that he has heard the criticism for the film for being too long and without much substance. But, he said, there’s little you can do to change that.

  • “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.