It’s true to say that there was enormous expectation for The Force Awakens back in 2016 but perhaps just as much expectation was on the first of the spin offs with director Gareth Edwards ‘Rogue One’. Famously the film underwent extensive reshoots for five weeks by Tony Gilroy, So now with Gareth Edwards The Creator about to open the Rogue One director finally talks reshoot controversy……
Back ion 2018 Tony Gilroy was pretty forthright about his work on the film saying, “They [Lucasfilm] were in such a swamp … they were in so much terrible, terrible trouble that all you could do was improve their position.” However he didn’t go specifics saying only that the film we finally saw was “the best possible version of the project”.
Actor Ben Mendelsohn, who played Director Orson Krennic in the film, has previously mentioned that there were up to twenty or thirty scenes with “enormously different renderings” than the final film.
The Creator is Edwards first film since then and on the promotional trail the Rogue One director finally talks reshoot controversy saying, ‘Look, the only thing I can say is I was incredibly lucky. I got to make a Star Wars film. I won the lottery, in that sense. The idea of someone as privileged as me in any way implying that it was anything other than the amazing experience that it was to some extent – like, I don’t have any empathy for that person, and I don’t want to be that person either.”
he went on to say, ‘ I do think there’s a lot of conversation about Rogue One and me and everything. And I honestly feel when I watch Rogue One, the person who doesn’t get enough credit is … George Lucas. Everything that’s great about that movie, you can pretty much trace back to George. And even the Darth Vader scene that lots of people talk about? I can’t take credit for it. Because it’s all George. You know what I mean? And if you see, it’s not a character from my film, it’s Star Wars. And we got to play in that sandbox for a bit and so I wouldn’t complain about any of it. I’d do it again if I had a time machine.”
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