Re: Abrams Directing Star Wars
It's a Gamorrean Guard reference. Probably the best use of animatronic masks in the Saga. I imagine if we get revisits of the classic OT species in the new Trilogy the makeup will be updated (they did so with the Gran and Rodians). It would be cool to see more Gamorreans and what 30 years of advances in makeup technology could do for the race.
Human instinct is pretty strong. You can't expect us to change overnight.
-Captain Jonathan Archer, 2151