Thursday, December 29, 2016

Ben Mendelsohn Discusses Director Orson Krennic

By: Dominic Jones

One of the stand out characters in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story was Director Orson Krennic, played by Ben Mendelsohn (aka "Mendo").  Krennic's story in Rogue One was one of a villain you couldn't help but feel sorry for at times (even though he helped create a weapon that killed billions of people).  Mendelsohn spoke with Collider about the character, as well as some of the process of working on Rogue One.

On the topic of Krennic's place in the Empire, Mendelsohn said,
"What drives Krennic is he’s an outsider, essentially. He’s an outsider in so far as he’s not a born officer class guy, he’s a guy that worked his way up and regards a lot of the officer class a just not really worth their salt. And there are them, there are a lot of them that aren’t really worth their salt. And he is a guy that as it were has come up through stuff, so he has a great force of will, he also very much believes in the empire’s agenda, he’s very onboard with it. He’s risen his way up to become the head of military intelligence and operations and he’s going to build this Death Star and he’s gotta bring that sucker out. That either gets done, or…you know. It has to be done, and there’s a lot of half-steppers around."

He also discussed the process for shooting scenes in Rogue One, saying,
"We did have multiple, multiple ways of going at any given scenario, we had multiple readings of it. So should they ever decided to, there would be a wealth of ways of approaching these different things. And I know from having seen sort of the crucial kind of scenes throughout it, I know there’s vastly different readings of at least four of those scenes."

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story is in theaters now.

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