J.J. Abrams acted like "an 11-year-old boy" on the set of 'Star Wars: The Force Awakens'.

J.J. Abrams

J.J. Abrams

The 48-year-old director was chosen to helm the eagerly-awaited new movie in the iconic sci-fi franchise and according to Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy, J.J. struggled to contain his excitement on the set of the film.

Kathleen told the June issue of Vanity Fair magazine: "He turned back into an 11-year-old boy.

"I mean, walking onto the (iconic spacecraft) Millennium Falcon set? To be on it, it's insane. There were people who literally cried when they walked onto that set. It's a strange thing, the effect it has."

Meanwhile, the director has revealed he gave one very specific instruction to Hollywood legend Harrison Ford, who's returned to the role of Han Solo for the much-hyped new movie.

J.J. explained: "I knew that he had done in some movies a kind of more growly thing, and I didn't want Han to be growly."

The director also admitted he occasionally shunned digital effects in favour of "wonderful preposterousness" in the 'Star Wars: The Force Awakens'.

He reflected: "It's so old-school and crazy.

"We could improve this thing, but at some point do we lose the wonderful preposterousness?"

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