Star Wars: The Last Jedi has been simultaneously praised and criticized for some of the risky, bizarre choices that writer/director Rian Johnson took the story. For all the talk about some of the film’s revelations regarding certain characters as well as some of the surprising twists and turns, one of the most bizarre scenes in the film was when we see our old friend Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill) on his daily routine that includes receiving some fresh Green Milk from a Thala-Siren.
For one, the audience just witnessed Luke just nonchalantly tossing his old Lightsaber after Rey handed it to him following the two-year long cliffhanger that The Force Awakens teased, so seeing his daily routine of milking Thala-Sirens and fishing on the island was yet another subversion of audience expectations.
Neal Scanlan, head of the film’s creature shop recently spoke with Nerdist about how that memorable moment in the film was brought to life – particularly the Thala-Siren. Following J.J. Abrams’ mantra of more practical effects, Johnson followed suit and the Thala-Siren was no exception:
“At the very beginning of the film, Rian [Johnson] said to me that he wanted to take animatronics and practical effects and put them there on a real location—he didn’t want to do certain things in the studio. We went to that location, we photographed that location, and we created a digital map of it so that later back at Pinewood we could recreate the rocks. When we sculpted the thala-siren—she’s a full-sized animatronic puppet and she’s about 18 feet tall—she was sculpted to fit into the rocks so that she actually looked like she was sitting in that environment.”
It just goes to show that when the new generation of filmmakers have taken over the Star Wars universe, their attempts in replicating the aesthetic of the original trilogy can go as far as to construct animatronic puppets for new creatures even if they will only appear for a fleeting moment. After all, fans will never forget that moment when Luke takes a sip of Green Milk while he smirks at Rey (Daisy Ridley) while we see the milk dripping down his beard.
What did you think of that milking scene on Ahch-To? Did you find it bizarrely endearing to see Luke enjoying a nice sip of Green Milk? Perhaps you cringed at seeing one of your childhood heroes stoop to such a sad state-of-mind? Sound off in the comments below, and be sure to continue following Heroic Hollywood for all the latest news regarding Star Wars.
Here is the synopsis:
“In Lucasfilm’s Star Wars: The Last Jedi, the Skywalker saga continues as the heroes of The Force Awakens join the galactic legends in an epic adventure that unlocks age-old mysteries of the Force and shocking revelations of the past.”
Written and directed by Rian Johnson, the film stars Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, Adam Driver, Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Oscar Isaac, Andy Serkis, Lupita Nyong’o, Domhnall Gleeson, Anthony Daniels, Gwendoline Christie, Kelly Marie Tran, Laura Dern and Benicio del Toro.
Star Wars: The Last Jedi is in theaters now.