The real reason Kylo Ren was shirtless in Star Wars: The Last Jedi

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Dec 21, 2017

Spoiler warning: This article reveals key plot points in The Last Jedi

As millions of Star Wars fans the world over discovered this week, perhaps the biggest surprise of all in The Last Jedi wasn't Rey's parentage or the fate of the Resistance but rather Kylo Ren's Sith-pack.

The budding Supreme Leader turned up shirtless in a key scene in the latest adventure when he and Rey were communicating across the galaxy via Force connection. Needless to say, the revelation of seeing Adam Driver's chiseled body had Netizens' Force senses tingling, spawning a barrage of tweets and even a meme, which included nods to the actor's appearance as Kylo Ren last year in a Saturday Night Live parody of Undercover Boss.

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Shirtless Ren was so ubiquitous he even caught the attention of Hamilton creator-star Lin-Manuel Miranda, after someone accidentally tweeted him a pic.

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But believe it or not, according to The Last Jedi's co-sound supervisors, Matthew Wood and Ren Klyce, the scene served a key purpose. 

The decision to have Ren shirtless had a more cinematic reason, mainly to help viewers understand that when they Force Timed, Rey could actually see him.

"The way in which [director Rian Johnson] decided to create the Force connection by just simply doing vertical cuts without using any CG… it's pure simplicity in terms of filmmaking with visual cuts," Klyce told HuffPost. "We cut to her side; we cut to Kylo Ren; we cut to her and back and forth."

"That was important to establish what she was actually seeing," Klyce adds. "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.' It's also good humor."

Yes, the Force can be hilarious sometimes.