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Rogue One: A Star Wars Story star Mads Mikkelsen weighs in on the reshoots stories

June 13th, 2016 by Matt Gault Comments

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When something is going on with Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, we want to hear about it from Mads Mikkelsen.

The revered Danish actor, whose spoilery slip-ups include revealing his connection to a certain character and the re-appearance of an iconic villain, but now the Hannibal star wants to set the record straight about something: the much-publicised Rogue One reshoots that have dominated headlines over the last two weeks.

Since the initial report that Disney had ordered reshoots, there has been a deluge of conflicting reports, reported by us and the folks over at the Squareeyed.tv offices, with claims ranging from the inclusion of a special cameo to the purpose of the reshoots being to lighten the tone of director Gareth Edwards’ gritty first cut.

However, Mikkelsen has urged you not to buy into sensationalist hogwash that highlights the film as terrible, insisting the reshoots are merely standard practice, adding ‘bits and pieces.’

In an interview with The Independent, he spoke honestly about the reshoots, hinting that the film just needs to add a bit of polish to make it a Star Wars-standard blockbuster.

“I have one day [with the reshoots],” he said.

“Basically, all the big films I have done always have reshoots, it is part of their budget. They’re either not super happy with a scene bit, the way we were acting, or maybe there’s something they want to add. It’s not a new thing, it happens with every film. Whether it’s bigger or less, I have no idea, I have nothing to compare with. It’s the same film, it’s just adding little bits here and there to do the final polishing. That’s my feeling.”

“That’s also interesting [that the reshoots have been a constant point of discussion], to make the right goal and all the rumours happening. [Disney] love that, it’s free publicity,” he continued.

According to Entertainment Weekly’s sources, the reshoots are centred on sharpening up character development and nailing down clarity of story. However, before you read the following quotes, bear in mind that EW are as close to a Disney/Lucasfilm mouthpiece as it gets – they’re constantly getting Star Wars scoops and obviously have a very friendly relationship with the Lucasfilm execs, so it’s probable that they wouldn’t want to tarnish their arrangement by running a negative story.

“The changes have everything to do with clarity and character development and all take place [as inserts] within scenes we’ve already shot. It’s a lot of talking in cockpits.”

“If we were rewriting the movie and reshooting 40 percent of movie, we would not be finishing in August. People really would be panicking – and changing the release date [which hasn’t happened].”

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Matt Gault is a sports writer and film fanatic. He is a fully-qualified journalist and has worked for BBCNI, Sunday Life and has been published on The Guardian's website. He interns at REDNI, sub-editing for the Belfast Telegraph. He studied at Queen's University pretending to like history and literature and then University of Ulster Coleraine, where he slacked off enormously for a year and somehow got away with it. He also enjoys Captain Morgans, The Sopranos, Led Zeppelin and Hunter S. Thompson which makes him a remarkably uninteresting person.

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