There's Still Time for JJ Abrams to Add Lens Flare to Star Wars: The Force Awakens (As It's Not Finished Yet)

By Aatif Sulleyman on at

Star Wars: The Force Awakens director JJ Abrams gave us an insight into how close to finished the upcoming movie is over the weekend. Speaking at a charity event hosted by Stephen Colbert, he said the audio was sorted on Saturday morning, but there are “six very small, but important things” that the director needs to polish.

What those things are remains a mystery but Evelyn Colbert, Stephen's wife, took this as an opportunity to poke a little fun at the director, teasing him about his infamous love of lens flares. "As you’ll see, I’ve allowed lens flares to take a backseat," responded Abrams, who confessed that he often had to be slapped down by visual effects supremo Roger Guyett. "Every time there could be a flare, Roger would tell me, ‘These are not the flares you are looking for.'"

Abrams, who previously described his role in the film as 'a burden', also stood by his admission that he was glad to see the back of The Force Awakens, but defended himself from angry nerds by clarifying his comments. “The truth is working on this movie for nearly three years, it has been like living with the greatest roommate in history for too long," he said. "It’s time for him to get his own place. It’s been great and I can’t tell you how much I want him to get out into the world and meet other people because we know each other really well."

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