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Russian tweets urged 'Star Wars: The Last Jedi' to save Hux

Director Rian Johnson reveals a coordinated Twitter attack wanted to keep the character played by Domhnall Gleeson alive.

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Russian tweets really want Admiral Hux (Domhnall Gleeson) to survive the Star Wars films.

David James

"Star Wars: The Last Jedi" director Rian Johnson discovered Russian Twitter accounts are serious about saving Admiral Hux.

In "The Director and the Jedi" documentary, which screened at South by Southwest Monday and is now available with the home release of "The Last Jedi," Johnson says he's received hundreds of coordinated tweets demanding Domhnall Gleeson's character survive. The Film School Rejects website called the moment to our attention. 

"All from Russian accounts, and all begging me not to kill Admiral Hux in this movie," Johnson said. "Look at this, 'General Hux, lovely personality, if you kill him in the new episode my heart can't take it #HuxLive'."

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Tweets from early 2016 were indeed demanding for Hux to survive the new Star Wars movie.

Screenshot by Mike Sorrentino/CNET

While the hashtag has been mostly dormant recently, a quick search back to early 2016 indeed shows many tweets demanding that Hux survive the latest Star Wars film.

Some using artwork to show off their desire to see the character live.

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Artwork demanding that #HuxLive.

Screenshot of Twitter by Mike Sorrentino/CNET

And another even pointing out how it does indeed seem like only Russian accounts are fighting for his survival.

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Do only Russian tweets want Hux to live? That's what this tweet posits.

Screenshot of Twitter by Mike Sorrentino/CNET

Spoiler alert: While it's unlikely these accounts had any effect at all, Admiral Hux does indeed survive "The Last Jedi," only to bow down to his rival-turned-Supreme Leader Kylo Ren.

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