Kylo Ren about to do battle with Rey and Finn in the film Star Wars: The Force Awakens. (Disney Photo)
We figured this would be pretty high on your list, since we were wondering the same thing after watching this movie. Having fast forwarded through 30 years of living when the movie first starts, there were quite a few cliff hangers of undiscovered information that left us craving for more.
Like who is Rey’s family? Or why does Luke only get 1 minute of screen time and zero dialogue?
There were other questions as well, but today Adam Driver has casually revealed why Kylo Ren, his tortured soul from ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’, turned to the dark side.
The answer: apparently it’s the result of child neglect. Yep, he just didn’t get enough attention from his not-so-wonderful parents.
If you haven’t seen the movie, then don’t read any further, *spoiler alert*.
In the movie, First Order Supreme Leader Snoke has Ren on the cusp of full radicalisation, at which point he turns his homemade lightsaber on his own father, Han Solo. It was shocking for me too although deep down I knew Han (part of the original A-team) couldn’t live forever.
Based on Adam Driver’s revelation today, we now know why he did what he did, even though he slightly hesitated.
To coincide with the release of ‘The Force Awakens’ on DVD, a new clip has been released online with Driver explaining Ren’s – aka Ben Solo – motivation.
“If you really imagine the stakes of him, in his youth, having all these special powers and having your parents kind of be absent during that process on their own agendas, equally as selfish,” he says.
“He’s lost in the world that he was raised in, and feels that he was kind of abandoned by the people that he’s closest with. He’s angry because of that, I think, and he has a huge grudge on his shoulders.”
Kylo Ren using his force abilities for the dark side in the film Star Wars: The Force Awakens. (Disney Photo)
Adds director J.J. Abrams: “It’s more than just having a ‘bad seed’ as a kid. Snoke had targeted this kid and knew that this kid was going to be incredibly powerful in The Force and wanted him as an ally.
“So this mother and father had a target as a son, someone who’s watching their boy, and these parents aren’t there enough to guide him.”
Great learning lesson for all parents out there. Don’t neglect your kids because they may grow up to stab you in the stomach with a light saber.
I guess communicating was off the table in his world too. You gotta love Star Wars.