J.J. Abrams (director)
Coming on board:
"This is a project that I felt incredibly lucky to be asked to be a part of. I think I speak for all of us, except for maybe Harrison, when I say this was not a job," he says before laughing. "I’m kidding, Harrison was unbelievable. But the process of this movie – to a person on the crew, to a person on the cast – this was not a job. This was nothing that I think any one of us took on because it was a gig that was available. It was something that felt like a true passion."
The guiding principle:
"At the very beginning, it was about knowing why we were telling this story, and it was to give people that sense of possibility and magic that we all felt when we first saw the original Star Wars movies," he explains. "It’s not a nostalgia trip. We had to go backwards in order to go forwards."
His worst day at work:
"The scariest day, for me, was when Harrison Ford was injured, which is just absolutely hideous," Abrams remembers. "But every day felt like there were challenges, because I knew how important this was to so many people. That was never a presence that went away."