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

By Mike Walsh

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. (By the way, before you get any further we should warn you: There will be spoilers in this post; if you haven't seen the movie and don't want to know what happens, seriously read at your own risk. This has been a PSA.) 

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.