Shatner, Billy Dee Williams Talk Hot Wookiee Love With J.J. Abrams on ‘Kimmel’
Well, not really, but when writer and director J.J. Abrams stopped by to talk up "Star Trek: Into Darkness" on "Jimmy Kimmel Live" Wednesday night, he got some unsolicited advice on his upcoming "Star Wars" reboot that had the audience howling with laughter. Check it out:
After talking about "Into Darkness," Kimmel asked Abrams about the status of the eagerly awaited "Star Wars" movie. Abrams replied, "We're working on the story, we just don't want to screw it up. We're trying to figure it out right now … we're sort of having a little bit of writer's block trying to figure it out. But we'll get through it."
"I'm glad you said that, because I hope you're open to this," Kimmel replied. "Some members of the audience have ideas. They’re fans of yours, they’re fans of 'Star Wars,' and I wonder if you’d be willing to hear them."
After Abrams warily replied, "Maybe," the microphone was handed to a tall, nervous-looking guy dressed like Obi-Wan Kenobi and carrying a toy lightsaber. "You know Luke Skywalker?" he asked. "You should have a part in the movie where he uses a lightsaber to fight people. That would be really cool."
Abrams answered, "All right. I'll think about that."
The man with the lightsaber continued, "Also? Um …Princess Leia and Chewbacca should totally do it."
As Abrams incredulously shouted "What?!" and the audience roared with laughter, the guy declared, "It's what the fans want to see!"
The fan then turned the microphone over to another spectator, an overweight gentleman wearing an approximation of Princess Leia's Slave Girl costume. "Hi, I just wanna say I agree with that guy," Mr. Slave Girl said with enthusiasm. "Leia and Chewie NEED to do it!"
Kimmel turned to Abrams and said, "There's a lot of enthusiasm about this particular plot point … It's important to listen to the hard core fans!"
Things got even more interesting when the camera cut to the next audience member with some helpful ideas … who was Billy Dee Williams, looking and sounding as smooth as ever. "Well, I've got an idea," Williams said. "The next 'Star Wars' – nothing but Lando!" As the audience gave their approval, Williams continued, "Two hours of Lando and beautiful ladies making love, SWEET love, in the galaxy."