Apparently, there are fans who are “livid” about the lack of Rose Tico in The Rise Of Skywalker. Those fans should probably be busy scooping up all of the clearanced Rose Ticos that are still rotting away on the shelves of discount chains two years later. But I digress.
Co-Writer Chris Terrio hilariously blamed CGI for the lack of Tico.
The blatant reduction of Rose’s role to a side note in the movie, in light of the lengthy and heinous hate campaign against Tran, seemed like a signal that the movie appeased trolls.
But the film’s co-screenwriter, Chris Terrio, has responded to these claims by asserting that Tran’s diminished screen time was not the product of malice, but of editing and bad CGI.
“We wanted Rose to be the anchor at the rebel base who was with Leia,” Terrio told Awards Daily in an interview after the movie’s release, in which he was asked about Rose’s slim role. “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.”
“I do think that TROS shows Rose changing, growing, evolving. Rose begins her journey in TLJ as just about the lowest person on the Resistance totem pole,” Terrio told The Hollywood Reporter. “In TROS, Rose is at the right hand of the general, working on military plans and helping to call the shots.”
So for SJWs it’s not about whether or not more or less Tico would be good for the story. For them, it’s about what people who they hate might think, and whether those people were satisfied or not.
Update, December 30: In a statement to Vulture, Terrio clarified that Tran’s cut scenes had nothing to do with the work of The Rise of Skywalker’s visual-effects team. Rather, it was a narrative decision. “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,” Terrio said. “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.”
So the absence of Rose Tico was due to a deep narrative decision. Yet Dominic Monaghan got a role from a soccer bet with JJ Abrams. I guess Kelly ought to gamble more often.
But fret not SJWs, for you may get a show featuring a character that no one is interested in. Deadline reports:
Jon M. Chu Lobbies For Disney+ ‘Star Wars’ Series For Kelly Marie Tran’s Rose Tico
Crazy Rich Asians director Jon M. Chu is squarely in Rose Tico’s corner. Chu has taken to social media to urge Disney+ to make a Star Wars series revolving around Resistance member Rose Tico, played by Kelly Marie Tran in the Star Wars films The Last Jedi and The Rise of Skywalker.
“Ok @disneyplus. Put me in coach. Let’s make this series happen. #RoseTicoDeservedBetter @starwars,” Chu tweeted Friday.
I’m sure that everyone at Hasbro is jumping for joy over the thought of more Tico merchandise.
Originally published here.