In Star Wars: A New Hope, fans learned an interesting bit of information about Chewbacca while the Wookiee was engaged in a game of Holochess with R2-D2. It turns out that he is a bit of a sore loser, and that one of his favorite aggressive moves is to pull arms out of their sockets. None of the Star Wars movies since then have actually shown this action... until the arrival of this Force Awakens deleted scene...
Posted on YouTube, this deleted scene from Star Wars: The Force Awakens shows that there was originally going to be a bit more to the sequence in Maz Kanata's castle, as Rey (Daisy Ridley) was going to have an unfortunate run-in with Unkar Plutt (Simon Pegg). The latter is super pissed off at the former following their last encounter on the planet Jakku, and the situation escalates rather quickly... at least until Chewbacca enters the fray. It's worth noting that this moment was not only a nice tieback to the aforementioned Holochess scene in A New Hope, but fulfills another Star Wars tradition in that most of the films in the sci-fi franchise feature characters having their arms or hands severed in some fashion.
For those who don't remember all of the details of Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Unkar Plutt was the alien on Jakku who offered meager food rations in exchange for ship parts collected by junkers. Rey isn't a big fan of his to begin with because he's a hard-edged individual, but events of the film draw their stories together. After all, Rey winds up stealing Unkar's ship, a.k.a. The Millennium Falcon. This isn't mentioned specifically in the deleted scene, but we can assume that's what he's talking about here.
This is a pretty great scene, which makes one have to wonder why it didn't make it into the final cut of Star Wars: The Force Awakens. After all, it's less than a minute long, and both serves a purpose for character and narrative. Perhaps it was decided that it would be better to save Unkar for another appearance in a different film down the line? Perhaps this could be the equivalent of Jabba The Hutt being cut out of A New Hope and saved for Return of the Jedi.
Now that you've seen this deleted scene, do you think that it should have been included in the theatrical cut? Why do you think that J.J. Abrams and his crew decided it was necessary to not include it? Hit the comments section below with your thoughts and theories, and be sure to stay tuned here on Cinema Blend for all of the latest updates about everything out of the Star Wars universe!
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