'The Last Jedi' Director Responds To Backlash Over Shirtless Adam Driver Scene

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He certainly isn’t the first shirtless Jedi…

Warning: spoilers ahead!

If you’ve seen Star Wars: The Last Jedi, Rian Johnson’s latest installment in the Star Wars sequel trilogy, you may have been caught off guard by Adam Driver’s shirtless Kylo Ren in a scene with Daisy Ridley’s Rey.

Johnson, the film’s writer and director, told PEOPLE the scene was not gratuitous:

It’s all about those Force connection scenes. The keyword being 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.

Though some fans didn’t care for the scene, others had a different reaction:

And Johnson knew Driver was ready for it:

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.’

H/T: Entertainment Weekly

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Adam Driver Had To Ask Interviewer What 'Emo' Means, And Twitter Is Not Okay

Finally, finally, The Last Jedi is going to be released, featuring our favorite brooding emotional man-boy character, Kylo Ren, as portrayed by professional brooding man-boy, Adam Driver. 

In an interview to promote the film’s release with Rolling Stone, Driver shared some insight on Ren, and his deep needs and emotions. But one thing Driver doesn’t seem to get is why everyone else is perceiving Ren’s mood swings as “emo.” What does emo even mean, exactly?

But he doesn’t know what emo is?

Here’s the exact passage from the conversation:

Um, yeah. Exactly. Kylo Ren feels too much! He has EMOTIONS. No one can believe that Driver somehow doesn’t understand this concept already.

But Twitter is loving Driver’s supposed ignorance:

If Driver doesn’t know what emo is, maybe we should all just let the concept go entirely. He perfected it, then he killed it on the big screen.

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