Dominic Monaghan, who portrayed Beaumont Kin in The Rise of Skywalker, spoke with Hollywood Reporter about his friendship with J.J. Abrams, how he scored his role, and moments both sweet and somber on the set during filming.
Monaghan met Abrams when they both worked Lost, fifteen years ago. “I remember making the pilot on Oahu and in our downtime, J.J. and I would talk Star Wars…It was just the normal stuff that you talk about as Star Wars fans: favorite character, favorite planet favorite villain, where you would go if you had the Millennium Falcon,” he elaborated. When Monaghan heard Abrams would head The Force Awakens, he asked the director about a potential role. Abrams, wanting to focus on using unknown actors, shot him down.
It wasn’t until The Rise of Skywalker that Monaghan got his chance – through a World Cup match in 2018. England faced off against Colombia, and J.J. made a bet. “If you guys win that game, you’ve got a part. If you don’t win it, I’m going to have to give it to someone else.” England won, and, well, the rest is history.
Monaghan spoke to the wildly viral idea of a director’s cut of Rise of Skywalker. Apparently, there’s a lot that didn’t make it to the big screen. “I wasn’t there all the time, but even in the short time I was there, there was so much stuff filmed that didn’t make it to the theatrical version.” He detailed an unused final battle scene where Connix injures her leg, and Beaumont helps her get to safety. Kelly Marie Train, who plays Rose Tico, also alluded to unseen battle footage, so the stories line up.
Hollywood Reporter asked Dominic if he had a “magic” moment on set. In between scenes, Monaghan was able to steal a moment with R2-D2 when no one else was around. “I went over and put my hand on top of R2’s dome and just silently whispered a few sentences in my brain as a way of paying tribute to how much of an influential, positive element he was in my childhood.”
Monaghan reflected on another emotional time on set – the filming of Leia’s death. The cast and crew knew that time was “delicate,” especially with Billie Lourd on set. “J.J. had such great love for Carrie as well that everything was dealt with such grace and class…Leia is such a strong character and element to the movies that it’s fair to feel that weight when you’re doing that scene.”
Dominic’s character, Beaumont Kin, was seen in the comic book Star Wars Adventures 27, which came out in October. It details a mission with Chewie to defend the Wookiee planet Kashyyyk. Hopefully we will get to explore the character in detail in future comics!
Be sure to check out Monghan’s full interview with Hollywood Reporter on their site.