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Though it seemed that Domnhall Gleeson’s General Hux was being groomed to be the new Tarkin of the Star Wars sequel trilogy, The Last Jedi had made him out to be a bit of a punching bag. Talking to the Happy Sad Confused Podcast, Gleeson admits that he thought his character wasn’t going to make it to the end of the film.
“I’ll be honest, I was very surprised that [General Hux] survived. I kind of imagined myself getting blown up in a ship pretty early on. …There’s also this moment when [Kylo] Ren is on the ground, and it looks like maybe I’ll finish him. It’s like, what state would the franchise be in if Snoke and Ren are gone? And it’s just Hux going right. Can you imagine how annoyed people would’ve been?”
Some people may hate how Hux wasn’t ‘menacing’ enough for the movie, but I thought he still ended up being a competent officer despite being constantly bullied by Force users. Let’s not forget he was the one who advised Kylo not to fall for Luke’s bamboozle near the end of the film.
Outside of Star Wars, I think Gleeson is a fantastic actor. When he’s not playing Hux, he can actually be quite the likable character with movies like Frank, About Time, and one episode of Black Mirror. He is going to be stretching that villain muscle again for that Peter Rabbit movie.
I’m looking forward to seeing Hux’s character arc close in Episode IX. I just hope J.J. Abrams handles it better than The Force Awakens. I thought Hux’s speech was kind of cartoony.
Star Wars Episode IX is set to come out Dec. 20, 2019.