Collider: Ben Mendelsohn on Shooting “Enormously Different” Versions of ‘Rogue One’
I heard from a lot of the people I’ve spoken to –and I could be wrong– that when you shot it they would sort of play it multiple ways on set, so that way in the editing room…
MENDELSOHN: Yep, absolutely, very much. 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.
The Daily Beast: ‘Rogue One’ Baddie Ben Mendelsohn on his beef with Darth Vader
“I think what drives Orson Krennic is a sort of an outsider’s resentment,” Mendelsohn mused. “An inverse snobbery about the officer class that populates the Imperium. I also think he’s very driven by his practical goal—he’s the head of military intelligence and operations—of bringing the Death Star online. And that’s a very pressing concern.”
The Guardian: Rogue One’s Ben Mendelsohn: ‘Star Wars is a childhood dream come true’
Mendelsohn says: “It was like the seven-year-old me’s dream come true, 1977, Star Wars. From the ages of six to about 12, you’ll find that’s the peak age range where these movies go straight in – zoom!” He mimes a rocket flying into his face and blowing his kiddie-consciousness into a million pieces. “It hit me at an elemental level, and, for that kid I was then, I’m very glad. I often quip that there were many times in my life when I wish I’d been able to tell myself: ‘Don’t worry about it, one day you’ll be in a Star Wars movie.’ Alas, you can’t do it. And yet …” he chuckles, “here we are.”
Vulture: Half of This Interview With Rogue One’s Ben Mendelsohn Is Just About His Outfit
Q: I’m glad we’ve already gotten so much interview mileage from just the cape!
A: Listen, I have no doubt that cape is, and you’ll pardon my language, a motherfucking movie star. It’s a movie star all on its own!
USA Today: Ben Mendelsohn adds to villainous resume with ‘Rogue One’ baddie Krennic
Q. What role helped you most in finding Krennic’s personality?
A. It was theater, probably playing Mark Antony in Julius Caesar. That was closely preparatory because it was about an empire, it was about the way one conducted one’s self, and it was about the arguments one has to make in order to politically survive within that space.
CBS News: “Rogue One” villain Ben Mendelsohn might be a bigger “Star Wars” fan than you
Q: OK, so what did you get at the gift shop?
A: OK, I got three of the Yodas because for my money that is the single best buy at the gift shop –because they’re a limited edition of the cast. I got a collection of droids, I got the Death Star top of the Christmas tree thing, I got a couple of Death Troopers to hang on the Christmas tree, I got some shoes for the girls … what else? Oh, and I got the samurai versions of Vader. I thought that was too special to pass up.
Gay Times: Ben Mendelsohn and Mads Mikkelsen on their Rogue One bromance and LGBT fans
JJ Abrams has hinted there’s a gay relationship brooding between Finn and Poe in The Force Awakens. How about you two being the next same-sex couple in the Star Wars universe?
Ben: Well, we do have a dyed-in-the-wool bromance. But the next? [SPOILER ALERT!] Only if they go back and do an heroic retelling.
Mads: But there is a seed planted, definitely.