As you may or may not know, Star Wars: The Force Awakens had a ton of scenes that were filmed and then deleted for various reasons. These scenes were included in full as part of the 3D Collector’s Edition Blu-Ray that was released in November. One such scene, featuring Rey, Chewbacca, and junkboss Unkarr Plutt, hit the internet this weekend and has a ton of fans talking.
The scene in question takes place at Maz Kanata’s fortress, while Rey and company are trying to hide out with BB-8. Somehow, the junkboss from Jakku has figured out a way to trace down Rey to Maz Kanata’s fortress in an attempt to get back the Millenium Falcon which she stole. He confronts her, and manages to steal the blaster she pulls on him. Enter Chewbacca, who grabs the blaster back and hands it off to Rey. Unkar unwisely challenges Chewbacca, jabs him in the Wookie’s bandaged arm, and says “I’m not scared of you. Half a Wookie isn’t much.” That’s when Chewie literally rips his arm off and throws it on a table.
You can watch the scene for yourself.
Personally, I’m glad they cut the scene. The violence really has no fit whatsoever in the PG-like theme of Star Wars: The Force Awakens and the truth of the matter is that Unkarr Plutt is a minimal character in the movie. There’s always the chance that earlier versions of the movie had him play a bigger role (after all he is the one who was left with Rey when she was a child), but in the movie release I couldn’t have cared less about him.
That being said, it’s always fun to see deleted scenes like this to remind us how formidable a Wookie really can be.