Less than a month after Star Wars returned to UNESCO world heritage site Skellig Michael to shoot some key scenes – and in the week that film’s latest trailer reportedly ‘broke the internet’ – an Irish government report has found filming the blockbuster on site did no harm at all.
A report for Ireland’s Arts, Heritage and Irish language minister Heather Humphreys – commissioned after complaints from conservation groups – found the location filming had no adverse impact on seabirds, their habitats or the biodiversity on the island.
We also learned that Domhnall Gleeson’s character in the movie is a General – a baddie with an English accent.
The Irish government report said there had been two incidents but they had posed no danger to the site or the seabirds: a crew member snagged a jacket sleeve on the edge of a stone on the entranceway to the ‘Upper Monks’ Garden’.
The opening was immediately propped and repaired by Office of Public Works masons.
A small amount of diluted water-based paint was spilled on rocks adjacent to the ‘Wailing Woman’ but spill pads were immediately used to mop up the spill and clean water applied.
“This report outlines the extremely thorough approach which was taken by the experts supervising the shoot and the cast and crew from Lucasfilm during the three days of filming last month,” she said.
“The reality is that the filming posed no greater challenge to the island than the 180 people who visit it every day during tourist season.
“I look forward to the release of the new Star Wars film later this year, when international audiences will be greeted with images of one of Ireland’s most stunning natural and historical features,” said Ms. Humphreys.
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And the trailer that broke the internet? Well here it is. Feast your eyes.