Star Wars: The Last Jedi director Rian Johnson faced considerable criticism from fanboys over his handling of the saga’s latest instalment, primarily for his deviation from the established wisdom that Luke Skywalker is the galaxy’s moral bedrock.

Now, a leaked deleted scene shows Johnson originally went much further in characterising Skywalker as a curmudgeonly old bastard – and that he made his point with a wild fish-nun party.

Last year, Slashfilm reported one of the deleted scenes to be included in the film’s upcoming DVD and Blu-Ray release shows Skywalker (Mark Hamill) testing Rey (Daisy Ridley) on the island of Ahch-To.

After hearing about raiders looting the local village and killing the island’s amphibian inhabitants, Rey eyes a huge fire in the distance. Sprinting over, lightsaber drawn, Rey finds it’s nothing but a party. Luke smiles, knowing he’s proven his point: the Resistance needs someone like Rey who will jump at any sign of harm to innocent civilians, not a washed-up bloke like him.

Incensed and disillusioned at the man she believed would return as the hero of the Resistance, Rey ditches the party, leaving Skywalker to ruminate on his obstinate inaction.

The scene didn’t make the final cinematic cut, but a Twitter user appears to have uploaded the footage days before the film hits shelves in the United States. 

Did the film convey the Skywalker / Rey dynamic without this scene? Undoubtedly, yes. Are we mad this footage exists? No. Not at all. We’re just glad those put-upon caretakers do something other than re-stack rocks knocked over by impetuous kids with lightsabers.

Source: Vulture
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