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Anthony Daniels likes way Abrams directs

The New York Daily News ran a story by The Guardian where Anthony Daniels said J.J. Abrams was less robotic than George Lucas when it comes to collaborating on the set. Daniels knows Lucas well having played C-3PO in all seven “Star Wars” movies.

Abrams is the director of “Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens.”

“George has changed a lot over the years, but I think he finds it slightly hard to collaborate,” the actor said in the article. “He made decisions that I believe might have been better discussed with other people. J.J. is more collaborative. He likes to listen.”

There is a reason for such an approach. When Lucas was making the original “Star Wars” movies, there was nothing he could use as a template. Every character, vehicle and action was being created in the director’s mind.

Abrams has been able to go back to the six films to see what worked and what didn’t.

The article also included Daniels saying he preferred how Abrams used real sets while Lucas used more computer generated images.

“It became clear early on that with J.J. we were getting back to the old-fashioned kind of film-making," Daniels said “We have walls. Actual sets! All right, so you might not have a view out of the window, but you have a window.”

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