Thursday, August 11, 2016

Forest Whitaker Talks Saw Gerrera With EW

By: Benjamin Hart

Anthony Breznican over at Entertainment Weekly has been delivering some great pieces on Rogue One: A Star Wars Story news over the past few days in preparation for the new trailer, which is being released tonight. We've gotten new information on Jedha, Bodhi Rook and K-2SO, now Breznican has caught up with Forest Whitaker to reveal new details about his character, Saw Gerrera.

Gerrera has drawn a great deal of interest from fans due to him being a character that originally appeared in season five of Star Wars: The Clone Wars. Since being trained in combat by Anakin Skywalker during the Clone War, Gerrera has gone down a dark path which has led to him becoming an infamous extremist rebel leader. His tactics have set him apart from the main rebel alliance at the time of Rogue One, but he will still have a part to play in the film's story.

Whitaker first comments on Saw's condition at this point and he apparently isn't doing well. The bulking suit he's seen wearing in the previous trailer is somewhat of a life support system. Whitaker points to that, as well as Gerrera's harsh ways of fighting, as a parallel to his former friend-turned Sith Lord Darth Vader. About the suit he explains:

“This is his armored suit for flight, but also for maintenance. He’s been through many conflicts and many wars, so it’s also about [repairing] some of the many injuries he’s had. He wears it all the time.”

He also discusses Saw's philosophy at this point in his life and how he views he legacy:

“I don’t think he’s regretful. I think he really believes that what he has done is right. He understands that the universe could be destroyed and worlds could be destroyed if he doesn’t succeed. And he’s one of the only people who will do everything to make sure the Imperial forces don’t.”

Whitaker additionally touches on his relationship with Jyn Erso and what the meaning behind his now iconic "what will you become?" speech from the last trailer:

“He’s really close to her, and they have a very powerful relationship. He’s talking about how you maybe make compromises that may harm people, or may harm the situation, or people may question it, but if you’re doing it for the good, there’s a positive thing about that. But what does it make you become? And how do you change as a person?”

And the last bit from Whitaker is very intriguing. In the previous trailer Saw appeared bald, but in a photo that was released later he was shown to have hair along with different facial hair and scars. While many speculated the differences were due to changes during the recent reshoots, Whitaker confirms that's not the case and we will see both looks for Saw in the film:

“We made some decisions about how the character was progressing. They had a lot of opportunity to make tweaks and different things. You’ll see both.”

Be sure to check out the full interview at EW.

Source: Entertainment Weekly

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