We’re going to go ahead and assume you’ve either already seen The Force Awakens or you don’t care about spoilers at this point.
Kylo Ren is an interesting bad guy that is perfect for the Star Wars universe, especially considering his parentage. Oh, and the small matter of his grandfather being Darth fricking Vader. We already know he’s an angry young man, as the movie made a point to show us a couple of his rage moments. What we didn’t realize is that he might also be a completely sadistic evil prick.
In a recent interview with Entertainment Weekly, director J.J. Abrams talked about the scene where Kylo Ren slams his helmet down into a table covered with ashes while in the Starkiller Base.
“The backstory is, that that table has the ashes of the enemies he’s killed. That moment was actually shot for, and meant to be used in, the scene where he was talking to the Vader mask.”
Ummm… that’s some Dexter Morgan-like behavior, right there. Think about it. Not only does he defeat his enemies — he kills them, saves their bodies, incinerates them (we assume the Starkiller Base has a cremation chamber somewhere?), and then keeps their ashes on a nice side table, which he also uses to store his scary mask when it’s not on his face. Jesus Christ!
Turns out the shot was originally filmed to use as part of the scene where Ren talks to the disfigured helmet of Darth Vader. Then Abrams started editing and felt it worked better in another part of the movie.
“He originally had his mask off the first time we shot that scene [talking to Vader’s mask]. Then we reshot it with his mask on, but we had that shot which I loved and thought was so cool of the mask being slammed down into that ash,” Abrams says. “So that shot was stolen from the scene that we had changed and put into the scene with Rey.”
“He used to place his mask gingerly onto a piece of the set, which was incredibly unimpressive,” Abrams says with a laugh. “So this moment made it a much cooler beat.”
Plus he stabbed his own father in the chest with a lightsaber, so the guy is pretty evil.