J.J. Abrams comments on the controversy over the Star Wars crossguard lightsaber
Ever since the first teaser trailer for the new Star Wars movie came out, nothing has been more analyzed and chastised than the crossguard lightsaber. Numerous fans have created charts and theories as to why it does or does not work. Even Comedy Central’s own Stephen Colbert entered the fray.
Star Wars: The Force Awakens director J.J. Abrams recently attended the Visual Effects Society Awards in Los Angeles and was asked what he thinks of the whole debate.
“What’s been funny is, since the lightsaber’s come out, I cannot tell you how many contradictory emails I have received from people who have both defended it with unbelievably detailed graphics…I’ve gotten things that are nuts, and I’ve gotten people who’ve shown how it’ll kill you and how it doesn’t make any sense. It’s been the funniest thing to see the arguments that have developed over this thing.”
Abrams would not reveal the full backstory behind its creation, but assured that the production team put a lot of thought into its development.
“It was a number of conversations (that led to the design). It was a sketch that became a whole thing and, you know, this was not done without a lot of conversation and it’s fun to see people have the conversation that we had, but in reverse.”
It should be interesting to see fans’ full reaction to the crossguard lightsaber when Star Wars: The Force Awakens hits theaters December 18th.