One of the things that Star Wars fans have noticed in The Rise of Skywalker is the lack of screentime for Kelly Marie Tran's Rose Tico. She ended up with less than two minutes of screentime since her scenes didn't make the final cut, one of which is a clip at Exogol.
In a recent interview with The Hollywood Reporter, the actress details more of her experience in filming a scene at the Battle of Exogol. "Yeah, it was probably one of the biggest sets I had ever been on. It was incredible to see what the stunt teams did, " she said. "It was also insane to be running across this platform — which I know you only see for a second in the movie — but we shot it so many times."
Tran says she recalls having bruises on her knees the next day because they kept running and falling onto their knees for that scene, and afterward, they would still shoot some more. However, the actress thinks that the scene also didn't make it in the final cut. "It was pretty insane," she added, because of all the "organized chaos" where Stormtroopers were flying and the other people were on horses.
As for filming General Leia's scenes, Tran said it was "difficult" because she was acting with prerecorded footage. She said they would look in between takes and check how the actor delivered a line and try to react to that. "So, it definitely took more time and was a very different experience for me," she added.
Her scene at Exogol is just amongst her deleted scenes for the film. According to The Rise of Skywalker writer Chris Terrio, they had difficulty in using Carrie Fisher's footage in the way they wanted to and because the scenes they had already written out for Rose and Leia didn't meet the "standard of photo-realism." Tran is yet to comment about the fans' reactions to her character getting less screentime.
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