'Star Wars' Director J.J. Abrams Denies Cutting Lupita Nyongo's Scenes, Says Her Performance Was 'Spectacular'

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Earlier this week it was reported that Star Wars: The Force Awakens director, J.J. Abrams, ended up cutting a lot of Lupita Nyongo’s scenes from the final cut of the film because of her ‘unsatisfactory’ performance as alien Maz Kanata.

Well, J.J. says that’s ‘simply preposterous.’

via Page Six:

Abrams told Page Six in a statement: “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.”

The director added: “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.”

An insider added: “The movie hasn’t been screened, so no one, including Lupita, has seen it.”

Well, there you have it — straight from the director’s mouth.

 

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