Laura Dern grappled with this while filming The Last Jedi. She appeared on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert last August and told the host she was so excited about being in Star Wars that she couldn’t stop herself from making “pew pew” noises when her character, Vice Admiral Amilyn Holdo, wielded a blaster to stop Poe’s mutiny. And it turns out you can see her do so in the final cut of the movie.
In his audio commentary for Episode VIII, director Rian Johnson pointed out you can see Dern say “pew” when she fires the blaster, “which she could never not do every time she shot it.” You don’t hear the audio, obviously, but this is enough. This reaction to getting to fire a blaster is ridiculously sweet, and as far as I’m concerned, makes Dern an even cooler human being–even topping that time she rubbed BB-8’s belly.
I mean, come on. It’s the definition of charming.
If you were in Dern’s shoes on the set of The Last Jedi, do you think you would be able to refrain from adding your own sound effects to blasters and weaponry? Tell us in the comments.
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Amy Ratcliffe is an Associate Editor for Nerdist. She likes Star Wars a little. Follow her on Twitter.
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