Feted Hollywood director JJ Abrams has shot down rumours that he edited out several of Lupita Nyongo’s scenes from Star Wars: The Force Awakens because her performance was lacking.
United Kingdom’s The Sun said Nyong’o’s “role has been massively cut in the finished edit” and that “there was a general sense that something wasn’t working so a lot of her scenes ended up being either reworked or cut.”
However, Abram told Page Six that the claims are untrue; and on the contrary, Lupita’s acting was exceptional.
“In truth, her performance wasn’t satisfactory. It was spectacular. She has brought the character of Maz Kanata to life in the most wonderful, wise, touching, deep and funny way. Lupita never ceased to amaze me. Yes, we tried many approaches, and we finally landed on just what the film needed. She elevated all the scenes she is in, I’m forever grateful, and can’t wait for people to see her stunning performance.”
The director said he was stunned by the allegations that he cut Lupita’s scenes, adding that he finds them “wonderfully funny.”
“The number of rumors floating around about The Force Awakens is truly stunning. Some are wonderfully funny, others simply preposterous. But the only one more ridiculous than Jar Jar Binks being a Sith Lord is that I cut Lupita Nyong’o’s performance because it wasn’t satisfactory.”
An insider retorted saying he finds the claims ironical since the film hasn’t been made accessible for viewership. “The movie hasn’t been screened, so no one, including Lupita, has seen it.”