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J.J. Abrams tells Jimmy Kimmel the first word in 'Star Wars The Force Awakens'


"Star Wars: The Force Awakens" director J. J. Abrams reveals the first word spoken in the highly anticipated movie, during an appearance on "Jimmy Kimmel Live" on Monday, Nov. 23. (Credit: ABC)

In Jimmy Kimmel's wonderfully obsessive, beyond-borderline kooky Monday tribute to "Star Wars" (and some little movie that arrives in a few weeks), viewers learned one salient fact: What the very first word in "The Force Awakens" will be.

That word is ... drum roll ...

is ... (no, not "is") ...

... a word you know ...

 ... and I'm just delaying here because I don't want to spoil the movie for you, although that didn't seem to bother Kimmel so much...

... is ...

... are you ready for ...


 That's the first word. "This." 

 Get excited. Get very excited.

 J.J. Abrams gave away "this" spoiler last night. Always a terrific interview, he appeared as guest to handle what may be the easiest job in entertainment circa 2015: Promoting "The Force Awakens," which he directs, of course. Please check out the clips -- one of which includes a generously combustible scene from the movie, opening Dec. 18 -- because Kimmel gets an interesting anecdote out of Abrams.

 It's this: Many years ago, Alex Wallau, a former ABC network president, encouraged Abrams to direct the next "Star Wars" but Abrams declined. While it was obviously just friendly cocktail party chatter, Wallau was clearly prescient. 

Who's Alex Wallau? One of the good guys of this business and one of the most colorful, too. I believe Alex has long since retired from ABC but may well still be working as a boxing analyst. That's right: A former ABC president went on to become a well-regarded boxing analyst and he can possibly even claim that he had a role in getting J.J. Abrams to direct the blockbuster of the year and probably many years.  

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