For much of the past week or so, “Star Wars: The Rise Of Skywalker” co-screenwriter Chris Terrio has been doing press interviews explaining some of the choices he and director J.J. Abrams made in regards to the film’s story and characters.
One of his comments that gained a lot of traction though was when he blamed the distinct lack of screentime for the character of Rose Tico (Kelly Marie Tran) on the poor quality of some of the effects shots involving her scene co-star General Leia Organa (the late Carrie Fisher).
Now, Terrio is pulling back on those comments, apologising to the film’s visual effects artists in a statement to Vulture. He tells the outlet:
“I badly misspoke if in an earlier statement I implied that any cut scenes between Rose and Leia were the fault of our VFX team and the wizards at ILM. In that earlier interview, I was referring to a specific scene in which Leia’s emotional state in Episode VII did not seem to match the scene we wrote for use in Episode IX, and so it was cut at the script stage before the VFX work was done. If we had chosen to use the scene, ILM would have made it look perfect. They always do. ILM performed actual miracles at every stage of the creative process in Episode IX. I remain in awe of their work.”
Terrio has also commented on the film’s perceived negativity thrown towards Rian Johnson’s “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” with numerous decisions and even gags essentially dismissing some of the big moments of ‘Last Jedi’. Terrio indicates some fans will always find a negative spin on things, and tells Heat Vision:
“Those people who see it as a meta-argument between J.J. and Rian are missing the point, I think. At the end of The Last Jedi, Luke has changed. When people look at that, I feel that they misread the ending of The Last Jedi. Throughout The Last Jedi, Luke is stuck, just as so many of the characters in The Empire Strikes Back were stuck. The Falcon’s hyperdrive is literally stuck.
The Last Jedi is a really strong middle act because it seems like everyone is spinning their wheels and stuck in certain ways – just as they are in The Empire Strikes Back. I mean that in the sense of everyone is trying to move forward, but as in any middle act, they can’t quite get there…
I think it would be a bad misreading to think that that was somehow me and J.J. having an argument with Rian. It was more like we were in dialogue with Rian by using what Luke did at the beginning of The Last Jedi to now say that history will not repeat itself and all these characters have grown.”
His comments hit as a score-only version of “Star Wars: The Last Jedi,” previously only available on disc, has now hit Disney+. ‘Rise of Skywalker’ meanwhile is still in cinemas.