Carrie Fisher slaps Oscar Isaac 40 times in the gag reel for Star Wars: The Last Jedi. Friends, family and fans across the world were saddened by the sudden loss of the screen legend at age 60 on December 27, 2016, less than a year before the release of The Last Jedi to the masses. Fortunately for the Star Wars faithful, Fisher completed all of her scenes for the eighth chapter in the Skywalker family saga, leading to a complete performance yet an uncertain fate for her General Leia as the credits rolled.
General Leia, of course, was a lot more prominent in The Last Jedi than The Force Awakens, and her scenes included animosity between her and Oscar Isaac's Poe Dameron. The confrontation gets physical at one point, and apparently writer-director Rian Johnson couldn't find the right take to use in the movie.
While Isaac has said before he was slapped a total of 27 times for the "intense scene," fans can finally see the slaps one by one by one, and so on in a new ET video exclusive. Timed with the Tuesday's release of The Last Jedi on home video, the film's gag reel shows Fisher repeatedly slapping Isaac across the face as she demotes the expert X-Wing pilot for being insubordinate. Unless some of the shots were repeats, apparently Isaac lost count in his recollection of the scene, as in the video he is slapped more than 40 times. To his credit, Isaac never breaks character once, as clearly Johnson was looking for the perfect hand-to-cheek connection from Fisher to the co-star, along with a resounding crack. In a retweet of the gag reel on his Twitter, Johnson said of the slapping scene, "It was Oscar’s first day. Somehow he still speaks to me."
Other Last Jedi stars fare better, fortunately, in the gag reel, which also highlights shenanigans involving Finn (John Boyega) and Rose (Kelly Marie Tran), and even a bit where BB-8 meets a baby version of itself. On top of that, fans get plenty of mugging for the camera from the likes of Mark Hamill, Daisy Ridley and Domhnall Gleeson, perhaps as tension breakers since they all take place before serious scenes in the movie. Isaac appears a couple more times, too (not getting slapped), as does Benicio Del Toro in the gag reel.
Gag reels are customary inclusions on major home video releases, and from the preview of what's included on The Last Jedi video release, fans won't be disappointed. Of course, what's funny to fans was a stinger for Isaac, but looking back at the experience, it's doubtful you'll hear him complain about his memorable scene with the Star Wars icon. Fisher was definitely a Force of nature, so to speak, and Isaac will likely treasure those slaps forever, as painful as they were.
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