Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3514: Casting Rey - The Force Awakens Bonus Features - Daisy Ridley's Body Language (VIDEO, PHOTOS)

This recent viral video above is a portion of Daisy Ridley's audition as "Rey" for Star Wars VII: The Force Awakens.

In the portion of the video from 0:43 through 1:07, Daisy is acting as a victim who is being tortured for J.J. Abrams.


Although Ms. Ridley is quite expressive with her tears, eyes, mid-face and mouth/jaw for someone who is in significant pain (along with some anger), throughout the duration of this segment, the woman who will be Rey showed very little, indeed almost zero forehead contraction. As long there are  normal functioning facial nerves and muscles, it is impossible for a person who is being tortured (via either physical pain or emotional pain) to have their forehead demonstrate so little muscular contraction. One conceivable reason for this here is the possible use of Botox - inhibiting facial expression (specifically her forehead) and diminishes her ability of conveying emotions. 

In their medical training, physicians (or film directors) are rarely if ever taught that the presence of significant levels of pain always has accompanying central forehead contraction (CFC). This knowledge comes in particularly valuable when discerning a "drug seeker" from a patient who is in sincere pain.


This moment captures more of the emotion of anger with significant lower eyelid tension, mid-face contraction, nasal flaring, bared teeth and a jaw jut.

With high levels of anger (rage) however, the eyelids are opened much wider than is seen here.

See also:

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3512: Emilia Clarke, "Me Before You" and Body Language

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3408: Daisy Ridley, John Boyega and Star Wars

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3427: George Lucas regarding Star Wars, "I sold them to the white slavers"

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 2586: Harrison Ford in "Ender's Game" - Microexpression and Macroexpression of Regret - Harrison's Brand and the Stanislavski Method

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3152: Hillary Clinton First Campaign Ad - "Getting Started"

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3340: Bernie's and Hillary's Big Moment - Body Language at the Democrat's Debate  

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3424: Donald Trump, "Hillary Clinton created ISIS with Obama" 

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3462: Donald Trump calls Ted Cruz a "Pussy"