With The Last Jedi now available on Digital HD formats, fans have already been delving into extras like the commentary track, where irector Rian Johnson brings up a rather humorous story involving Laura Dern. The actress had previously revealed in interviews that she was making the "Pew Pew" sounds when firing a laser blaster in the movie. Rian Johnson now confirms that she did this in every single take. Here's what the filmmaker had to say in an excerpt from the commentary track.
"You can see Laura Dern say 'pew' when she fires the gun, which she could never not do every time she shot it."
The quote was featured in a tweet by Twitter user @daisyridlee, which includes a GIF that shows Laura Dern actually saying "Pew" before firing her blaster. While the actual "Pew" sound was taken out of the theatrical cut, you can still see her mouthing the word quite clearly in this rather hilarious GIF, where Holdo emerges from a cloud of smoke to fire her blaster at an enemy. This isn't exactly breaking news, though, with Laura Dern revealing this story back in August during a visit to The Late Show with Stephen Colbert. Here's what she had to say on the CBS late night talk show back in August.
"I'm gonna tell you the most embarrassing story. There is a moment where I get to have a space weapon in my hand, and I guess that I didn't realize that I (I was imagining I) was back in my bedroom at eight years old, doing the scene. And I went, 'Pew! Pew!' as I was (firing). They've taken the sound out. You won't hear that in the movie, hopefully."
In response to Twitter user @daisyridlee's tweet, a number of Star Wars fans have pointed out that Laura Dern is not the first Star Wars actor to make the iconic sounds of blasters and other weapons while on set. One Twitter user named Lord Starbird stated that there is footage of Harrison Ford rehearsing the Mos Eisley Cantina shootout, and saying "Bang Bang Bang" to himself, and other footage of Hayden Christensen (Annakin Skywalker) from the Star Wars prequels, trying to emulate the "Zjummmmm" sound of his lightsaber. Another Twitter user pointed out a piece of trivia from IMDB that revealed Ewan McGregor made lightsaber noises as he dueled, which were later removed in post-production.
Humorous as it may be, it seems Laura Dern is just the latest in a long line of Star Wars performers who simply can't help but make the iconic sounds of blasters and lightsabers themselves. It's not terribly surprising either, given how iconic and beloved this franchise has been over the past four decades, but it's still humorous to see that actors are still kids at heart, at least when it comes to Star Wars. Take a look at the first tweet from DaisyRidlee Twitter below, along with some of the interesting responses featuring humorous bits of Star Wars trivia.
"You can see Laura Dern say 'pew' when she fires the gun, which she could never not do every time she shot it." — Rian Johnson, Star Wars: The Last Jedi Commentary pic.twitter.com/Wkr803BQte— gabrielle (@daisyridleee) March 13, 2018
There's footage somewhere of Ford shooting (rehearsing?) the Mos Eisley shootout, and muttering "Bang, bang, bang" to himself. Oh, and of Hayden C going "Zjummmmm!" :-)— Long Starbird (@Sourdust) March 13, 2018
That's amazing. I wonder if the Stormtroopers did this under their helmets, like— MSR (@GurpleGurple) March 14, 2018
"Shit, I missed again"
Damn right! Who wouldnt? A good number of the various movies cast has done the same. Just proof she belongs!— Bigby Michael @GDC (@michaelshizuro) March 14, 2018
My favorite piece of IMDB trivia pic.twitter.com/vt6Kcq08pY— Sam (@samwollman) March 14, 2018
I need a @mcgregor_ewan-Kenobi movie where ObiWan and Admiral Holdo have a back to back fight scene where they do their own sound efects.— BChalks (@theboonarmies) March 13, 2018