Another snippet from one of the Star Wars: The Force Awakens Blu-Ray bonus features has been released, and it features Girls actor Adam Diver and the film’s director, J.J. Abrams discussing one of the main reasons they feel Kylo Ren (then Ben Solo) turned away from his family and joined Grand Master Snoke on the dark side of the Force.
According to them, Han and Leia played a major part in it. A force-sensitive kid needs his parents around for guidance, but Driver reckons his iconic mother and father were too swept up in their own business (you know, saving the galaxy) to properly nurture his ascent into adulthood.
“If you really imagine the stakes of him (Kylo) in his youth having all these special powers and having your parents be absent during that process and their own agendas are equally selfish. He’s lost in the world that he was raised in.
He was abandoned by the people that he’s closest with. He’s angry because of that and he has a huge grudge on his shoulders.”
Abrams adds that Ben Solo was always a “target” for a bit of the ol’ dark side manipulation, and Snoke was just biding his time for the opportunity to offer the young force-wielder the things his parents could not.
“It’s more than having a bad seed as a kid. Snoke has targeted this kid. He knew that his kid was going to be incredibly powerful in the Force and wanted him as an ally. So this smother and father had a target for a son. Someone was watching their boy and these parents aren’t there enough to guide him.”
Not getting enough attention from the folks is rough, but running your father through with a lightsaber might be taking things a bit far, don’t you think?
See the full featurette and much more when Star Wars: The Force Awakens comes to Digital HD April 1, and Blu-Ray Combo Pack and DVD on April 5.