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Now, while the fact that the vast majority of us will never actually be given the chance to direct an official, -authorized movie may seem like a shame, it's actually probably for the best. After all, even putting aside the fact that we're largely not qualified for the gig, it's not exactly a low-stress undertaking, especially for someone who grew up loving the earlier movies in the series.

Spare a thought, then, for director , who — despite being a massive Star Wars fan — recently had to bring to life the riskiest movie yet from that galaxy far, far away.

Thankfully for Edwards, though, the movie was both hugely financially successful and largely very well received by fans and critics alike. Which is perhaps part of why:

Gareth Edwards' One 'Rogue One' Regret Is Extremely Sweet

'Rogue One: A Star Wars Story' [Credit: Lucasfilm]
'Rogue One: A Star Wars Story' [Credit: Lucasfilm]

Y'see, while other directors would most likely be torturing themselves about a shot they could have improved, or a line of dialogue that could have been punched up just a little more, it seems that Edwards's only regret is much the same one that the rest of us would likely have had were we in his shoes: He didn't get to meet the person he made the whole movie for. As he himself put it, during a recent interview with The Telegraph:

"I just feel the whole thing was, to be honest, one big love letter to Carrie. What we’re doing with the entire movie is all building to that one moment [of the Death Star plans being handed to Princess Leia] where we hand the baton to her, to go off and make that film that inspired us all as kids. So it couldn’t have ended better from that point of view. It’s just sad — I was always thinking that I would get to meet her and talk to her at some point about it, and I never really met her properly. I walked past her once on the set of 'Episode VII,' I was meeting some of the crew, and she walked past me, and I had a little fanboy freak-out."

What's more, it seems that Edwards went to great lengths to ensure that — the person he was making the whole damn film for, in his head — was OK with the way that she appeared in Rogue One:

"When it came to our film, it went so late with that shot, trying to get it right, that Kathy took it down personally, on a laptop, and showed her. And initially Carrie apparently didn’t realize it was CGI, and wondered if it was footage which we had taken from somewhere else. Which was really reassuring for us. I thought, one day, either at the premiere, or one of these conventions, I’d get a chance to talk to her. And it’s really sad that it’s not going to get to happen."

Sad, yes, but also incredibly sweet (and monumentally geeky).

It's almost as though Edwards was exactly the right guy for the job, huh?

What do you think, though? What would you have changed about Rogue One? Let us know below!

(Sources: The Telegraph)


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