There was a collective swoon in the movie theater I was at to see The Last Jedi when Kylo Ren (played by Adam Driver) appeared shirtless, wearing those marvelous high-waisted black pants (see below). I mean, he literally has the the physique of a MAC truck. It’s INSANE. And, according Jedi writer-director Rian Johnson, Adam knew he looked good because he had been working his ass off to achieve that body-oddy-oddy.
He told People,
“He’s good. He’s great,” Johnson said of whether or not Driver was shy. “He knew he looked good,” Johnson added. “Adam looks so damn good because he’d been training hardcore for the past six months for those fight scenes. I’m like, ‘Eh. He looks so good. We should put him up there.’”
But the shirtless scene wasn’t just about giving the girls and gays some eye candy, it also made sense for the scene, you see.
(Small spoiler) Kylo Ren doesn’t just walk around without a shirt on; he’s in his room when he is suddenly connected, psychically, through the Force, with Rey (Daisy Ridley), and not for the first time. So her comment about him maybe putting a towel on establishes that when they are connected, she can see his body, plus it makes her even more uncomfortable, which heightens her emotions in the scene. As Johnson put it, it’s all about intimacy, “And the idea that this was a way to just, why not step that up? The idea that, what’s even more uncomfortable having a conversation face to face with a person you don’t want to, is if they’re half-naked during it, while you’re having to do it. And so it was just another way of kind of disrobing Kylo literally and figuratively a little bit more, and pushing that sense of these conversations becoming increasingly more intimate.”
(Photo via W)
i’ve been working out
— Emo Kylo Ren (@KyloR3n) December 15, 2017
someday i aspire to have the body confidence of jabba the hutt
but for now i still need pants
— Emo Kylo Ren (@KyloR3n) December 24, 2017