Gwendoline Christie Talks Playing Captain Phasma In 'Star Wars: The Force Awakens'
By Matt O'Bryant
What's up guys and gals,
Recently Game of Thrones actress Gwendoline Christie spoke to Entertainment Weekly about her upcoming badass role as Captain Phasma in Star Wars: The Force Awakens and how it's great to have strong female characters in this universe and movies in general.
The reason it matters so much in our world that Captain Phasma is a woman is because it doesn’t matter very much at all in her world.
She tells EW in there Holiday Preview issue that the story "takes a matter-of-fact approach to Phasma’s gender – and that seems to be part of her appeal".
"We know very little about her at this stage, but what I think people are drawn to is that this is a very progressive female character,” the actress says. “We see Captain Phasma, and we see the costume from head to toe, and we know that it is a woman. But we are used to, in our media, connecting to female characters via the way that they look, from the way they are made flesh."
EW: Phasma’s character radiates through the armor, like previous masked villains such as David Prowse’s Darth Vader and Jeremy Bulloch’s Boba Fett. We come to know her not by her expressions, but how she stands, the way she walks, and who she hurts. “We are actually connecting to a female character as a human being,” Christie says, even if, ultimately, she’s does inhuman things.
“It wasn’t just about what I was expressing above the neck, it was also as focused on what I was expressing below the neck,” says Christie. “It was an interesting acting experience as well as a fangirl’s dream.”
Sounds pretty cool right? Judging by the ridiculously awesome teasers and the first trailer, Captain Phasma is going to be one intimidating Force to be reckoned with in the new film.
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Star Wars: The Force Awakens hits theaters on December 18th.
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