It's not really spoiling anything to say there's a scene in "Star Wars: The Last Jedi" where Kylo Ren is shirtless. It is, however, a bit spoilery to share details, so...
In the scene, Kylo and Rey (Daisy Ridley) basically do the Star Wars version of late-night FaceTime, using a Force connection that allows them to both hear and see each other. That's where the shirtless scene comes in.
Co-sound supervisor Ren Klyce tried to explain it to HuffPost:
"That was important to establish what she was actually seeing. Was she hearing his voice or seeing his face or just his eyes? And so that [shirtless scene] is to inform the audience, 'Oh, she can see his body.'" He added, "It's also good humor."
Yeah. They could've established that Rey could see Kylo during the Force connection without him being shirtless, but then it wouldn't be funny to see her ask him to cover up. And all the Kylo-Rey shippers wouldn't have more fodder for their fan-fiction.
Fans definitely noticed the scene, and had a lot of fun with it:
— Kylo Rey (@jediren_) December 15, 2017
can't wait for the kylo ren shirtless scene pic.twitter.com/AJCq4fk08x
— Dana Schwartz (@DanaSchwartzzz) December 15, 2017
thinking about the kylo ren shirtless scene pic.twitter.com/hJIY9tj40b
— luis (@gaybensoIo) December 12, 2017
my sexual orientation is shirtless Kylo Ren in high-waisted pants
— priscilla page (@BBW_BFF) December 16, 2017
them: that shirtless Kylo Ren scene was so unnecessary
me: slave Leia
— ????christina???????? (@passioncyutea) December 16, 2017
— lolo styles (@lauren_hemmo96) December 15, 2017
When I saw kylo ren shirtless pic.twitter.com/WAYhN0apYW
— Shannon (@Shannonm788) December 15, 2017
"Star Wars: The Last Jedi" dominated the box office its opening weekend, even if the audience scores have been particularly low. Expectations were high, and some fans were disappointed in the plot and character choices. But other fans adored the film. It's a polarizing one. We'll see how Episode IX ties the storylines together as it ends the Skywalker saga in December 2019.
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