Laura Dern plays Holdo in Star Wars: The Last Jedi
As part of the commentary for The Last Jedi, which comes as part of its digital release, Johnson let slip that Dern – who played Vice Admiral Holdo – got a bit too excited during a shootout sequence.
He drew reference to one shot of her emerging from smoke and firing a gun – and what viewers may not have noticed is the fact that she actually says “Pew!” under her breath.
Johnson said: “You can see Laura Dern say ‘pew’ when she fires the gun, which she could never not do every time she shot it.”
Sure enough, a GIF image has gone viral on Twitter showing that exact moment – and you can indeed see Dern appear to mouth “Pew” as she fires.
“You can see Laura Dern say ‘pew’ when she fires the gun, which she could never not do every time she shot it.” — Rian Johnson, Star Wars: The Last Jedi Commentary pic.twitter.com/Wkr803BQte
— gabrielle (@daisyridleee) March 13, 2018
Dern is a long-running Hollywood star
Fans have been loving the revelation, with one writing: “Laura Dern is a God among mere mortals.”
“We didn’t need another reason to love Laura Dern, but we were gifted one nonetheless,” said someone else.
Another tweeted: “This ends the argument for good. #LastJedi is far superior to Force Awakens.”
Dern had previously joked in interviews that she struggled not to provide her own sound effects.
Dern played the pink-haired Holdo in the film
“I’m gonna tell you the most embarrassing story, only because Rian Johnson told it a few days ago,” he told Stephen Colbert last summer.
“I didn’t know I did it – there is a moment where I get to have a space weapon in my hand, and I guess didn’t realise back in my bedroom, I went ‘Pew! Pew!’ as I was in the middle!
“They’ve taken the sound out, I don’t think you’ll hear that in the movie. I was so excited! I mean it’s Star Wars!”