The release of Star Wars: The Force Awakens is fast approaching and with that (like any other movie), comes a lot of press and TV spots and media packages and just being inundated with media from the movie.
It's around this time, I usually like to do a, sort of, blackout on the piece of media I'm trying to enjoy once it's released (whether it's a video game, TV show, or movie), so I haven't really been up-to-date with the latest and greatest of Star Wars bits.
But the one thing I did take time out of my day to enjoy was the Star Wars Auditions that JJ Abrams released on SNL recently. It's obvious that the auditions are fake and some of the jokes don't land as well as some of the other ones but I still think it's really cool. Especially since some of the actual cast participated in the sketch (Like, John Boyega, who is pictured above).
If anything, this sketch shows how Star Wars is still woven into pop culture. Even though it's been decades since the Original Trilogy ended and years since the Prequel Trilogy ended, it's still cool to see how Star Wars has reached SNL today.
I don't really watch SNL anymore, mostly because I don't ever remember to and that sometimes I'm doing other, more interesting, things on Saturday nights but it's cool to see that they are still going strong. It's funny to see all the guest appearances from other actors as well.
Even though this whole sketch is a big joke, I caught myself wondering what it was actually like to audition for Star Wars. I don't know too much about the hiring of actors in movies but part of me wonders if they knew they were auditioning for Star Wars or if they just auditioned for a role without knowing what the project was (that kind of thing happens in the video game world, so I'm just assuming it's the same thing).
But if they did know they were auditioning for Star Wars, if it made them (the actors) any more nervous than they already were. I don't know what it's like to audition for anything but I feel like it can be a little nerve-wracking. Either way, though, I really enjoyed this skit and I cannot wait for Star Wars to come out in a couple of weeks.