Domhnall Gleeson surprised by direction of General Hux

Rick Bentley, Tribune News Service on

Published in Entertainment News

LOS ANGELES -- Irish actor Domhnall Gleeson thought he had a pretty good idea about what the future would hold for his character of General Hux after playing him in "Star Wars: The Force Awakens." He got a big shock when he saw the script for "Star Wars: The Last Jedi."

"I had my own ideas of what would happen to him but not based on anything anyone told me," Gleeson says. He laughs and adds, "I was way off with what I thought would happen to him in this film."

What that future holds will remain a mystery until "The Last Jedi" opens Dec. 15. Just like all of his fellow cast members, Gleeson has been told not to reveal any information about the film. So instead of looking to what will be, Gleeson gladly chats about what has been especially what has been so exciting about playing General Hux.

The biggest plus was Gleeson has not really played a character like this before. He describes General Hux as being deeply uncomfortable, very insecure, a bully and the worst person "to be in a room with if you had a knife."

"I have always wanted Hux to be a character that kids hate as soon as they see him. And, I think that has happened."

The place where all of the nastiness plays out the most is in his relationship with fellow dark side bad guy Kylo Ren (Adam Driver) is concerned. Ren, who fans found out in the first movie is the son of Han Solo (Harrison Ford) and General Leia (Carrie Fisher), is the guy you call when a dirty job needs to be done. Despite being on the same evil side, Hux and Rey are very competitive. That element will be a part of the new movie.


What they share, says Gleeson, is a lust for power.

"Power is the name of the game," Gleeson adds. "Not having power and then getting power, you get desperate for it. And that desperation is very fun to play."

Before becoming part of the "Star Wars" universe, Gleeson starred in a variety of TV shows and films, including having small roles in both parts of "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows" playing Bill Weasley. He laughs and says he only had a couple of lines, but it was enough to give him insight into what it means to be part of a huge film franchise that's surrounded in secrecy.

He saw one huge difference between the two.


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