One of my favorite characters in The Force Awakens was Domhnall Gleeson’s, General Hux. He’s this trilogy’s equivalent to Grand Moff Tarkin or even to some extent, Count Dooku. The difference here is the relationship he has with Kylo Ren. General Hux is like the brother who’s given all of this responsibility but knows that Kylo is the favorite (and dangerous). The Last Jedi does a good job of amping up the dynamic between these two characters and we are given a better look at the relationship between them.
Prior to the release of Star Wars: The Last Jedi, the cast sat down for a press conference. None of the Press had seen the film yet and the cast/crew were instructed not to reveal any plot points, so that made for some interesting answers and side steps. When asked about this relationship, Adam Driver jumped in an answered pretty well without giving anything away, but Domhnall Gleeson, much like his character, didn’t want to get in trouble and avoided it as much as he could.
After having seen the film, I have some additional insight into this and will share it below their spoiler-free responses.
ANTHONY BREZNICAN: I want to ask Domhnall and Adam about your two characters, Hux and Kylo Ren, had a really interesting relationship in The Force Awakens that I understand is expanded on in this movie, where Snoke sort of plays them against each other, they’re allies but not really. I wondered if you two could talk about their bond or lack thereof, as we enter this film.
ADAM DRIVER: I think it’s definitely there’s a competition and it’s maybe yet to be discovered where that comes from. If anything I think that’s more of a testament to kind of what everyone has been saying of Rian’s inability to not mind a character in every moment, which seems like an obvious thing, but he doesn’t so he knows that spectacle, it won’t mean anything if you don’t care about anything that’s going on, which again, seems very obvious but I think it’s a really hard thing to balance with this many moving parts in the scale of something like this. So I love playing those scenes, especially with Domhnall, ‘cause he’s a great actor and there’s nothing is kind of taken for granted where, you know, oh, this happens and it moves on. If anything, Rian slows the pace and there’s not a moment that’s taken for granted. It’s always broken up into little pieces and the story in our mind comes first before an explosion.
ANTHONY BREZNICAN: Is there like a corollary in our world to the relationship that they have?
DOMHNALL GLEESON: That’s dangerous water. I don’t want to do it.
MALE SPEAKER: Plunge in.
ANTHONY BREZNICAN: Like rival coworkers or brothers [OVERLAPPING]?
DOMHNALL GLEESON: Oh I see. I don’t know. I think it’s funny, you know, like there’s just such a huge amount of drama going on in that group of people but then also just a huge amount of bitchy infighting as well, which I think is [OVERLAPPING] really fun to see them kind of really hurt each other from the inside as well as from the outside, you know, the united front thing is difficult for them sometimes. But it was just – yeah, I’m not good – sorry, I think, it’s such a privilege to be in the film.
**Just in case it wasn’t obvious, I’m going to be talking about moments from the movie here and there will definitely be SPOILERS. So, if you don’t care about spoilers, continue, otherwise, you’ve been warned, proceed at your own peril.**
Something that never really got answered in this film is what Snoke’s ultimate plan for Kylo Ren was and now with Snoke out of the picture, it seems unlikely that we’ll ever find out, at least not in the movies. We do know that Snoke was training and molding him for leadership though and that made itself ever more apparent when Snoke revealed to Kylo his method of controlling and manipulating General Hux. General Hux has been looking at Kylo as Snoke’s muscle, he saw himself as next in line to be the leader and Kylo has been unsure of his place and where he’s supposed to be.
Like most villains in the Star Wars universe, Snoke underestimated his enemies and that was his ultimate downfall. Rey did not succeed in bringing Kylo back from the dark side, like Anakin, he believes that he can rule the galaxy better. Back to his relationship with Hux though, what I found interesting is that instead of telling Hux he took out Snoke as was taking charge, he lied and told him that Rey did it and when Hux made his move to be in charge, Kylo took Snoke’s advice, intimidated him, and is now in charge. Going into episode IX I’m really curious about what their relationship is going to be. Is Hux going to grow a pair and try to undermine Kylo thinking that he should be the one to rule, is he going to fall into place as Kylo’s lap dog, or is he just going to be the exactly the same, bitch about what’s going on and then get intimidated and do as he’s told anyway?
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