By Debra Birnbaum
Star Wars: The Force Awakens has hit $1 billion at the global box office — and director J.J. Abrams is immensely thankful, if a bit apologetic.
“I’m grateful to anyone who has gone to see it,” he told reporters at the Television Critics Assn. press tour in Pasadena, where he was promoting his new Hulu series, 11.22.63.
“When I hear that people have gone seven or eight times, I just want to apologize to I’m guessing their parents… But honestly I’m just grateful. I can’t believe that it’s done. It was three years of very tense work for a lot of people… I’m just so happy that everyone gets to see all the work that this amazing crew and cast did. Whatever the numbers are, I’m just grateful [it has] been well received.”
The director also addressed the controversy over the character Rey being missing from the Star Wars Monopoly game, and made it clear he wasn’t happy about it. “I read that she wasn’t in the Monopoly game and I was quickly making phone calls about this,” he said. “Because if it were true — and it is true — and now Hasbro has said, ‘We’re going to put Rey in.’ It doesn’t quite make sense to me why she wouldn’t be there. She’s somewhat important in the story.”
As for the highly anticipated DVD version of the movie, he said, “There will be deleted scenes but not an extended version.”
Watch the ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ cast react when seeing the movie for the first time.