Bai Ling On ROTS

Bai Ling, the actress who played Senator Bana Breemu in a cut scene from ROTS, reflected on her time making the film and ending up on the cutting room floor (though her scene is on the DVD):

Actors including Terence Stamp have criticised Lucas’ hands-off style of directing actors, but Bai welcomed the freedom. “He was almost not visible,” she remembers. But she adds, “He was totally there to support the artists. Great artists are laid-back, and they give you all the freedom because they trust you.”

Bai’s character was one of a group of politicians discussing opposition to the soon-to-be-Emperor Palpatine. In one scene she appeared alongside Natalie Portman with Genevieve O’Reilly as Mon Mothma, a character from the original trilogy, and Bai’s old friend Katie Lucas under blue makeup as Chi Eekway Papanoida.

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11 Responses to “Bai Ling On ROTS”

  1. lovelucas Says:

    Not a fan. She tried to generate negativity by implying George was intolerant and cut her scene because she posted nude for Playboy. Had nothing to do with anything. She’s sort of funny that way.

    • joe Says:

      it’s a shame those scenes were cut though since we see the seeds being planted for the rebellion i wish lucas would put those scenes back in along with yoda landing on dagobah this is just my opinion

      • Hunk a Junk Says:

        I agree that I wish the rebellion plotting scene was in, but less so because of the talk of rebellion and more because of Mon Mothma’s order to Padme that “no one can know” about their conspiracy. Padme realizes that means lying to Anakin and in the next scene we can see her ambivalence as she talks to him about how maybe they’re on the wrong side. It’s an important character moment for Padme that sets up Anakin’s “betrayal.”

  2. rynnbowers Says:

    She is one of my favorite actresses, having seen a few foreign films she has been in as well as U.S. films she has done. It is sad they cut that part because it did add to the film and set up the rebels for the next film and Mon Mothma’s inevitable appearance.

  3. Jim Raynor Says:

    Amazing how many contradictory narratives are out there dissecting Lucas’s directing style. For years and years the fanboy hater media has been telling people what a dictator Lucas is, how he does what he wants without any input from others during the creative process. Then we had that article a while back explaining that he didn’t even want to direct TPM at first and had actually sought the services of other directors such as Ron Howard and Robert Zemeckis.

    Now we have an actual actress from the movies contradicting the narratives again by saying how laid back Lucas was, and how free the actors were to portray the characters as they pleased.

    • joe Says:

      terence has some nerve to bash lucas why did he wait over a decade to say anything? why didn’t he address lucas on set if he had problems with his directing? he comes across as hypercritical considering his choice of film roles in such masterpieces as the haunted mansion my boss’s daughter electra and yes man he should be proud to be a part of star wars as well as superman sorry for the rant as for bai ling yeah it was assumed she was cut out of the film because of playboy which was not the case it had to have been disappointing to have been cut out of the film and i hope i didn’t screw up using hypercritical i love tpm

  4. Stefan Kraft Says:

    LP, you have recently linked to Mike Klimo’s Instagram. He posted pictures about the similiarities between ANH and The Searchers by John Ford. Interestingly, he also explains that GL and Ford direct in a very similar way.

    Burning Down the House. Star Wars (1977). The Searchers (1956). As countless others have mentioned since the debut of Star Wars, John Ford’s classic western served as an inspiration to director George Lucas (and plenty of other filmmakers from the "movie brat" generation, including Steven Spielberg and Martin Scorsese). The influence is, of course, most noticeable during the burning homestead sequence. In Star Wars, Luke Skywalker discovers that stormtroopers slaughtered the Jawas that sold C3PO and R2D2 to his uncle—and the Imperials may have traced them back home. In The Searchers, Euthan Edwards, his nephew Martin, and some Texas Rangers learn that Comanche Indians stole cattle as a ploy to lure the men away from their ranches. Both scenes lead to a terrible discovery back at the homestead. Now, an important point that rarely, if ever, gets mentioned in discussions about Ford’s influence on Lucas is the fact that both directors actually shared very similar approaches to working with actors. CONTINUED IN COMMENTS BELOW… #starwars #starwarsfan #starwarsfans #starwarsday #starwarsdaily #starwarsfanpage #starwarsgeek #starwarsnerd #starwarsnerds #starwarsforever #starwarslove #starwarslife #starwarslover #starwarscelebration #anewhope #lukeskywalker #movies #movienerd #moviegeek #movienight #moviemaking #film #films #filmgeek #filmnerd #filmlover #cinema #filmmaker #movielover #movietime Ein Beitrag geteilt von Mike Klimo (@mikeklimo) am 4. Jun 2017 um 18:38 Uhr

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  5. joe Says:

    sorry i shouldn’t have called terence stamp a hypocrite what i should have said was that he made poor choices in some of his films doing the phantom menace was not too bad he had to badmouth lucas over a decade after the film was released why did he decide to do this if he had a problem with george’s direction why didn’t he say something when they were filming? again sorry and may the force be with you

    • Pedro Felipe Says:

      Hell, I love his performance. Sometimes we just got realize far too often good actors are jerks in real life.

      • joe Says:

        yeah we get disappointed when movie stars aren’t saints (but then again no one is) at the end of the day ther’ye normal people like us warts and all

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