J.J. Abrams tells the fans why there were some scenes that were in the trailers but not in the movie saying that it’s a hard decision to keep scenes in the movie.
Star Wars fans have spent the entire last year dissecting each and every teaser, behind-the-scenes clips, trailer and TV spot of Star Wars to crack what the movie will contain.
Like the fearsome Jakku law enforcement officer Constable Zuvio, a shot where Kylo Ren turns on his lightsaber, images of the Millennium Falcon crashing through a tree line with Rey at the controls, a shot of Lupita Nyong’o’s tiny alien Maz Kanata placing the Skywalker lightsaber into the hand of Carrie Fisher’s General Leia.
These were all the scenes and images that got all our excitement bundles into twists and imagine when all the fans lined into the theatre waiting for that scene that they saw in the spoilers or images and they never came.
J.J. Abrams took full responsibility. He says that they ended up not including many scenes in the final movie. So many fans are asking if the production made an effort at misdirection or was it merely the standard edits and alterations that every film endures. According to J.J., it was the latter option.
He said that the scenes that were in the trailers and never showed up in the movie were all taken out at some point during the editing. He told EW that it’s a hard decision to decide what remains in the movie and what can’t. It is all a matter of whether that one particular scene actually fits into what the sequence is.
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Also that it is not straying from the point and becoming a distraction rather than a nuisance. It is a struggle as a writer and a director to things like keeping or leaving a scene. He accredited Mary Jo Markey and Maryann Brandon with the editing genius which he called a “testament to the skill and patience of the editors.”