Mads Mikkelsen on Rogue One Reshoots: "It Happens With Every Film"

Friday, 10 June 2016 - 12:40PM
Star Wars
Star Wars: Rogue One
Friday, 10 June 2016 - 12:40PM
Mads Mikkelsen on Rogue One Reshoots: "It Happens With Every Film"
Rogue One has been getting some bad press as of late. First, reports started to come out that Disney was ordering reshoots after being "disappointed" with the first cut, reportedly because it was more of a "war movie" than a Star Wars movie. Then rumors started coming out that the reshoots were extremely extensive, and that Disney was possibly re-doing up to half the film. But according to star Mads Mikkelsen, all of this alarmism about the reshoots have been overblown, and they're just a part of the filmmaking process:
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"Basically, all the big films I have done always have reshoots, it is part of their budget," the actor told The Independent. "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."
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Obviously, this isn't an unbiased source, since a star of the film would have a vested interest in mitigating negative buzz. But he also said that he only has one day of reshoots, and considering that he's rumored to play the father of Felicity Jones' character, Jyn Erso, one would think that if the reshoots were that extensive, he would have a lot more to do.

Overall, it seems that it's too early to get worried about Rogue One. Worst-case scenario, all of the rumors are true, and Disney is actively taking steps to fix it. So let's not write this off as a potential failure, at least not until we see the second trailer, which will hopefully come out at Star Wars Celebration next month. 

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story hits theaters on December 16.
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