A few days ago a report counted the amount of time actress Kelly Marie Tran’s Rose Tico character appeared in the recent “Star Wars: Rise Of Skywalker” and the result wasn’t good.
There was no question Tran had a diminished role as Rose, just how diminished was the shocker – the actress appearing on screen for a total of just 76 seconds across the entire film.
The film’s co-writer Chris Terrio has now spoken with Awards Daily and revealed that it was never the intention to sideline Rose, and a lot of it had to do with the quality of the old, unused footage of the late Carrie Fisher that was utilised in the film to bring back Leia one last time:
“Well, first of all, J.J. and I adore Kelly Marie Tran. One of the reasons that Rose has a few less scenes than we would like her to have has to do with the difficulty of using Carrie’s footage in the way we wanted to. We wanted Rose to be the anchor at the rebel base who was with Leia. We thought we couldn’t leave Leia at the base without any of the principals who we love, so Leia and Rose were working together.
As the process evolved, a few scenes we’d written with Rose and Leia turned out to not meet the standard of photorealism that we’d hoped for. Those scenes, unfortunately, fell out of the film. The last thing we were doing was deliberately trying to sideline Rose. We adore the character, and we adore Kelly – so much so that we anchored her with our favorite person in this galaxy, General Leia.”
Tran herself has previously suggested some of her scenes were cut, so that tracks. Footage of Fisher in both outdoor and indoor scenes had to be color-corrected and reworked in order to suit ‘Rise of Skywalker’ – at times Fisher’s head is attached to a stand-in’s body suggests The Playlist. In any case, only so much Fisher footage could be utilised.
“Star Wars: The Rise Of Skywalker” is still in cinemas and presently dominating the box-office worldwide.