I was reading a French Star Wars magazine and suddenly there was an excerpt from a Kathleen Kennedy interview concerning Kylo Ren that I found pretty interesting. She discusses the character, makes parallels with our contemporary world, and at the end I had the impression she wasn’t talking about him as a villain, but as someone who still has to grow and who’s definitely good inside, or at least not bad at all (this is pretty hilarious when you think about all the absurd Kylo Ren drama we have here on tumblr…)
I don’t know if she has talked about this in other interviews, it’s probably the case, but I’ll leave this here for discussion.
I’ve made a rough translation of the French excerpt (English to French to English, feel the irony), probably not the best translation, but at least you’ll have the general idea :
“[Q] You really wanted Adam Driver for this role. What made him the perfect Kylo Ren ?
[KK] I had the opportunity to work with Adam on Lincoln. That was our first met. From the moment we started to think about this character, Kylo Ren, Adam was an obvious choice to me, and one of the few actors who could play him. J.J didn’t know him as well as I did, but he was immediately convinced when they met. He was one of the first actors we had considered for the role and it was an early decision. One of the most interesting aspects of Kylo Ren is his young age. Most of the time, villains are damaged, troubled and older. Making the new Star Wars villain a 30 years old man was a captivating choice. We could take advantage from a troubled adolescence and a past we know very little about. There we could find this tension between light and dark which dominates all the Star Wars universe. We could use it as a metaphor for the path that leads a young adult to his accomplished adult life. The characters who can be drawn to the dark side and seduced by all sorts of experiences that might be dangerous are compelling for us. For today’s audience it’s an original, fascinating and appealing character.
When we look at our own lives, it all depends on the choices we’ve made. Kylo Ren seems to have taken many bad decisions, but they aren’t necessarily bad decisions within the context of Star Wars, where they can lead to almost anything. This story reflects the real world. Many kids evolve in a political environment that can be difficult to decipher, and many events suggest that people are drawn to danger, trouble and agitation. In terms of international policy, there’s a sense that we live a time full of upheavals. The political structure of the Star Wars narratives reflects this in a unique way. Kylo Ren represents this dark side of society that can be appealing when we don’t know which side to choose and right and wrong become very vague concepts. All these aspects make Kylo Ren a really complex character and offer us many different options for future plots.”
Emphasis are mine. But seriously. Seriously. If Kylo Ren really is, for the writers, an image of our contemporary youth searching for answers, making mistakes and trying to grow in a chaotic world, who can simply imagine that he will die unredeemed, and that the message of this new trilogy won’t be a message of hope ?
I leave the original French text and the references under the cut for those who are interested.
On this day it is important to remember the history of the American Revolution or War of Independence and our oldest & reciprocal alliance with France. The Franco-American Alliance forged by Thomas Jefferson & Benjamin Franklin with King Louis XVI at Versailles. The King’s financial and military aide under the leadership of the great Marquis de Lafayette and Rochambeau played a major role in our victory over George III and the British.
God Bless America 😇🇺🇸
America the beautiful 🇺🇸
Franco-American Alliance 🇫🇷💟🇺🇸
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[…] Production firm Delfont Mackintosh has placed a strict ban on resale for Hamilton, in an effort to prevent seasoned touts hoovering up tickets to sell on at vast mark-ups. But this weekend Switzerland-based Viagogo was advertising dozens, days before the show’s big opening night at the Victoria Palace theatre.
After all the excitement when the show about Alexander Hamilton hit Broadway last year – where some leading critics recommended taking out a mortgage, if necessary, to secure a seat – it was no surprise when tickets for the London run sold out almost instantly when they were released in January. Before long, nothing was officially available until June next year, although there will now also be a daily lottery held for £10 seats. At first only a few tickets appeared on the Viagogo site, but the number increased, along with prices, as the show’s London debut approached.
A ticket for 23 December, the last performance before Christmas, was advertised for £4,400, rising to £5,905 including VAT and a booking fee of £1,500.
For the show’s talented creator, Lin-Manuel Miranda, interviewed by the Observer’s Tim Lewis in the New Review this weekend, it looks as if success in the West End is to be accompanied by the same crazy appetite for seats that dogged him in America.
“People [were] tweeting me, ‘I can’t believe I paid $2,000,’” he reveals to Lewis. “I didn’t charge you $2,000! I don’t know why you paid that.”
So far Viagogo appears to be ignoring instructions from the Competition and Markets Authority, which has been investigating so-called “secondary” ticketing since last year.
Security consultant and ticketing expert Reg Walker, of the Iridium Consultancy, said: “Hamilton have done an amazing job in disrupting the touting of tickets for their shows. Some touts have listed tickets on Viagogo, and any purchasers will have to meet them at the theatre in order to be walked in. I believe theatre staff have been trained to spot this, and it is likely that test purchases will further disrupt this activity.”
Industry insiders said the rewards on offer were so great that touts were likely to be willing to turn up at the venue to collect the tickets before handing them over to their illicit customers.
The Observer also understands that on the night of some performances, a sting operation may be in place, with undercover agents posing as buyers to catch touts. […]
Can I ask why you want to keep the Robert E. Lee statues? You're a Utahn. Zero connection to the South, despite St George's penchant for the word Dixie.
I grew up in North Carolina, and im an American. I love history. Beyond the whole “bound to repeat it” thing, its still our nations history. Its the story of how people came to a New World and formed colonies, fought their way out from under unjust rule, joined together to form a Nation, split in two and fought one another for liberties and values they believed in.
Hate the south. Hate the confederate flag. Hate the White Man if you want.
But learn history. Respect what it took to get us here. Walk around Fort Sumpter. Visit Gettysburg battlefields. Visit these memorials, parks, and see the damn statues! Even go to the “smaller” sites like Bentonville, Fisher, Macon - these places i visited growing up were a marvel to me. People fought hard for their land, their families, their rights and on both sides!
Classrooms are boring. Robert E Lee, Stonewall Jackson, Robert Toombs, Jefferson Davis. Theyre all names on a page or whiteboard. Statues give them a face. They make history more real. Monuments honor the men they were. Call it racist if you want, but theres much more to a man.
The Civil War wasnt solely fought to end slavery. Lincoln’s Union fought to end slavery, and touted the war as such. But union officials, presidents, generals, etc. Were all part of the slace-owning minority.
The Confederates wanted to fight for states rights. The confederates wanted to fight to end taxes and tarrifs placed on their products. The south had the farms and the north had the factories. Not many people had slaves in the south, so the sheer numbers or by percentages, not many of the Comfederate fighters could say they were fighting in the name of keeping slavery around.
The arguments over the cause and motives of the Civil War can and are still argued today with opinions all over the map.
Knowing some of these leaders’ history, their lives, their honor, their brilliance - on both sides of the war- it is still our history and lessons can be learned from that.
The fact we live in 2017 means we look at history through lenses of the year 2017. The fact i live in Utah means i look at the world through Utah-tinted glasses. Its a phenomenon called Ethnocentrism. So put away your preconceptions of what it was like to live in the late 1800s and realize shit was just different back then. Slaves were, unfortunately, a part of life (And still are in much of the world in varying ways). I do not dismiss it, but realize that i cannot imagine exactly what everyone was thining, feeling, how the culture was, etc. I cannot say that some good men didnt own slaves and take care of them very well - even paying them as servants. I cannot say that there werent evil men who owned humans for their own gain and pleasure and treat them like shit. Oh- but both of those things still continue globally.
So why are we so focused on erasing the past? Especially a past that so few people bother to try to understand.
I counter your question and ask why you would see the confederacy swept under the rug.