‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ actor booked private cinema to binge-watch original trilogy before filming

Irish star Domhnall Gleeson says he wasn't a fan of the film prior to landing the role

Star Wars actor Domhnall Gleeson has revealed that he had to watch all of the franchise’s original films in a single day after he landed a role in the latest instalment, Star Wars: The Force Awakens.

Gleeson plays villain General Hux in the new movie, but recently told The Independent that he was never a big fan of the films before landing the part.

“I wasn’t a nut the way some of my friends were,” the Irish actor said. “One of the joys of the experience was going back. I asked for the original trilogy, so I could watch them on the big screen before I shot the film.”

Gleeson revealed that he booked out a cinema in Dublin so he could watch the first three films – Star Wars, The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi – in private a day before the script reading for The Force Awakens.

“It was amazing. That was one of the big joys of going through it and letting the magic seep in – then leaving it behind to do the job you’re doing,” Gleeson added.


Speaking of the experience of working with director JJ Abrams, who recently took over from George Lucas to help the reboot, Gleeson said: “One thing JJ is very good at doing is imbuing a whole set with a very positive atmosphere.

“Every time before they called ‘action’, if the adrenaline or energy had dropped a little bit, it would be like, ‘Everybody – Star Wars! Stand up straight. Come on! How great is this!? Come on! Let’s go, let’s go! Action’. And then you barrel into it.”

Star Wars: The Force Awakens will open in cinemas across the UK on Thursday (December 17) and in the US a day later. Read the NME review here.

The story of The Force Awakens takes place 30 years after the events of Return Of The Jed but specific plot details are being kept tightly under wraps. The film’s script was penned by JJ Abrams, Toy Story 3 writer Michael Arndt and Star Wars franchise veteran Lawrence Kasdan.

Alongside the returning trio of Harrison Ford, Mark Hamill and Carrie Fisher, the film’s cast includes Adam Driver, Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Oscar Isaac, Lupita Nyong’o, Simon Pegg and Andy Serkis.