What happened to the person who had cancer and wanted to see The Force Awakens?
A joke one of the DJs made was, “When ILM sold to Disney everybody thought they sold out to the evil Empire, but I guess maybe this shows Disney does have a heart.”
I did talk to Lucas about allowing somebody who is very sick to see an advance screening of the movie because that happened to him with one of his movies. Before he told me what his answer was he asked what I would’ve done and I said absolutely not. He asked why, and I said because you can fake an illness and doctors notes and where would it end if you say yes to one person why not just move up release date to appease everyone. Plus that, I said, once you’re dead what would it matter whether you saw Star Wars one or not? Heaven’s so much better than Star Wars.” We laughed.
So when the same thing happened with Disney and Star Wars 7 I had to wonder why they would have allowed it. Knowing Disney and JJ the way I do I figured there must be an ulterior motive. You can’t hold up the release of a Star Wars movie waiting for Rita Denman to give her okay, this time she’d have to give it before the movie opened. I think Rita was the “dying person.” That’s what happened with American Graffiti. I know Lucas was given other excuses, but Rita told me they held up the release of the movie until she got to see it and gave her okay. She wanted to make sure you couldn’t really tell I was in it. Like I said in one of my previous posts, I was supposed to play the part of the very young girl, the part that went to Mackenzie Phillips. So Rita and the man who was my chauffeur during the filming of American Graffiti finally got a chance to get in to see it. What had happened was we started rolling the first take while my chauffeur was watching. When George called cut and began talking to me, my chauffeur got bored, he’d seen me act before and didn’t like to have to stand around waiting. When Mackenzie took over, George said he wanted her to do it exactly the way I had done it, so I showed her what to do and sure enough she did it just perfectly.
So when Rita and the chauffeur went to see the movie, American Graffiti, they watched it as far as Mackenzie’s part. The chauffeur assured Rita that, that was me because he could remember exactly what I had done and so that had to be me. They had also heard that I was the girl who rode around in the white car all night, which is true, but there were two white cars and Rita, Peter and their gang decided I must be Suzanne Somers. Since neither one of those two actresses looked very much like me, the gang gave their okay to release the movie, feeling that no one would be able to recognize me. In truth, not very many people did recognize me because I had normal brown hair, not a blonde bouffant hairstyle, and I wore no makeup.
So this time, with Star Wars Seven, thirty five years later the gang, whose make up has changed I’m sure, had to make sure there was nothing in the movie like love, truth, relationships, or beauty that would offend the cult since they take joy in distruction, misery and suffering. I think some things were changed, a few of the scenes were a tiny bit choppy, as though something might have been cut out. As I mentioned in an earlier post I didn’t like the scene with Han and Ren, it was contrived and there was very little dialogue. I think something was cut from that scene and probably a few others after the “dying person” saw the film. So, what happened to this “dying person.”
The script Disney rejected would’ve gone a long way toward healing the world. It would have made the world a kinder, gentler place. If you read my other posts you’ll see why I say that.
The other thing that happened that was odd was the “accident” where Harrison Ford’s ankle was broken. I’ve directed many films and never had an accident. I directed A Knight’s Tale and the worst thing that happened was someone got a splinter, and that happened early on and I made sure it didn’t happen again. We didn’t use CGI or special effects in that movie – all the stunts were real, and no one got hurt. In Lord of the Rings no one got hurt. I, however, have been hurt many times with other directors at the helm, and I always felt that, that was done on purpose. Knowing JJ and the gang I feel that Harrison’s accident was rigged. But the thing that was odd was that JJ said he had a broken back a few days later. Perhaps the accident was meant to kill Harrison and it failed so JJ had to pay – who knows?