Sometimes it seems like the Internet throws everything into a hat, then pulls out a few key phrases and marries them into perfect harmony. Would I ever have thought that watching Laura Dern talk to BB-8 would be the best combo? No, my imagination isn't that great.
But it is:
People didn't know why Laura Dern tried to start a fight between BB-8 and the Star Wars Porg, but they want more. It is everything we never knew we needed.
Thank you, Laura Dern, for giving us all a reason to log on to social media again. You never know when social media will give you a life-affirming moment in all the trash, but it's worth digging!
In an interview with StarWars.com, creature concept designer Jake Lunt Davies reveals that the Porgs were only invented to cover up the actual adorable puffins that were present on Skellig Michael, the Irish Island on which the Luke Skywalker scenes were shot.
The island is a wildlife preserve for hundreds of the birds, and by law, crew members of Star Wars: The Last Jedihad to leave the puffins undisturbed and couldn't move them out of the way for key scenes.
"From what I gathered, Rian, in a positive spin on this, was looking at how can he work with this," explains Davies. "You can’t remove them. You physically can’t get rid of them. And digitally removing them is an issue and a lot of work, so let’s just roll with it, play with it. And so I think he thought, 'Well, that’s great, let’s have our own indigenous species.'"
The final design for Porgs stemmed from Rian Johnson’s vague request for "puffin people," which he interpreted as "so cute Lisa Frank will be pissed she didn’t invent it first."
The more you know.