Star Wars actor discusses the difficulty of shooting Princess Leia scenes 1 month ago

Star Wars actor discusses the difficulty of shooting Princess Leia scenes

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Carrie Fisher, the actress who played Princess Leia, died in 2016.

Despite a relatively mixed reaction to the release of Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, the majority of fans are in agreement that the movie did all it could with regards to the iconic Princess Leia character.

Actress Carrie Fisher died in 2016, and as a result, filmmakers made the decision to use existing footage shot of Fisher in character as Princess Leia, and fit it into Rise of Skywalker.

It doesn't look all that out of place, but we can only imagine the difficulty it posed to the other actors on set.

Kelly Marie Tran, who plays Rose in the franchise, has spoken about the challenges this method created for her and for others in the movie.

Speaking to The Hollywood Reporter, she said: "It’s one thing to sit there, look at that footage and try to react to it, but a lot of the big group scenes felt like they were puzzle pieces if that makes sense.

"I think there were more reshoots on those scenes, specifically, to just try and make sure all of the performances matched up since she (Fisher) wasn’t physically there."

She continued: "So, instead of having an actor there and reacting off the actor, you would sometimes look — in between takes — at how the actor delivered a line and then try to imagine and react to that.

"So, it definitely took more time and was a very different experience for me. We probably did a lot more takes for scenes with her than without her."

You can read the full interview with Tran here, which also addresses her reduced screen time from The Last Jedi to The Rise of Skywalker.

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