However you feel about the flat-faced penguin things that yell in Star Wars: The Last Jedi, you have an ally on the movie’s cast — as we learned during an appearance from the cast on Jimmy Kimmel Live!.
“Were you worried at all that this would be too cute?” Kimmel asked Last Jedi director Rian Johnson, in reference to a walking plush porg toy. “And is that why you gave it a name that was almost ‘porn?’”
In case you’ve somehow missed them, porgs are a sort of cross between an otter and a puffin that have shown up in advance promos for The Last Jedi, and they’ve since divided Star Wars fans into two camps. It seems that it’s impossible to have a mild opinion about porgs — you either love them or hate them.
Johnson told Kimmel that the reaction to porgs was mixed even among the crew of Last Jedi. This was confirmed by Oscar Isaac (pro-porg) and John Boyega, who apparently did not enjoy having the blinking puppets around set.
“I just naturally don’t like them, I don’t,” Boyega said. He went on to talk about the Millennium Falcon’s ‘porg hole,’ a place he described as, in a word, “itchy.”
Andy Serkis, who puts his considerable motion-capture skills to work in the role of Supreme Leader Snoke, joked that he considered abandoning his role in the film for a much smaller one.
“‘Can you please allow me to play at least one scene as a porg?’” he asked Johnson. But he told Kimmel that “it didn’t evolve in the way that I thought it might, and I thought OK, well, forget it.”
Check out the video above to hear how other members of the cast reacted to the fuzzy (feathery?) additions to Star Wars canon, and for an answer to whether Billy Dee Williams’ Lando Calrissian will be making an appearance in the new film.