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Entertainment Star Wars: The Last Jedi star defends divisive Canto Bight sequence

15:25  01 june  2021
15:25  01 june  2021 Source:   msn.com

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Star Wars: The Last Jedi divided opinion among fans for a number of reasons, but one particular bone of contention involved Rose Tico and Finn's trip to Canto Bight.

a group of people standing in a room: Star Wars star Kelly Marie Tran - who played Rose Tico in the sequel trilogy - has defended The Last Jedi's Canto Bight sequence, saying she © Lucasfilm Star Wars star Kelly Marie Tran - who played Rose Tico in the sequel trilogy - has defended The Last Jedi's Canto Bight sequence, saying she "loves" the scenes.

Kelly Marie Tran – who played Rose – is proud of that sequence, admitting that she "loves" the scenes featuring her character alongside Finn and BB-8 travelling through the casino-cum-racetrack city.

In Rian Johnson's movie, the trio head to Cantonica's Canto Bight in a bid to track down the Master Codebreaker on the advice of Maz Kanata. But the visit does more than serve the plot as it also gives fans the opportunity to further understand Rose's backstory and history.

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Defending the sequence, Tran told Collider how significant the Canto Bight scenes felt to her as an actress: "I love that scene. I mean, I'm [biased] so I guess I can say that.

a group of people looking at a cell phone: Rose Tico and Finn in Star Wars: The Last Jedi © Disney Rose Tico and Finn in Star Wars: The Last Jedi

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"I remember how I felt that day. I remember John and I walking on set and being like, 'This is the biggest set we'll ever be on,' and seeing all of the creatures moving and being part of this universe.

"These are the things I remember about being on set that day."

Acknowledging the role of Canto Bight in strengthening Finn's commitment to the Resistance, Tran added: "That scene does a lot for really recognising how certain communities who are able to enjoy their privilege live in a world where they don't even have to address some of the horrible things other people are dealing with."

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John Boyega, Kelly Marie Tran posing for the camera: John Boyega and Kelly Marie Tran at the Star Wars: The Last Jedi LA premiere © Jesse Grant for Disney - Getty Images John Boyega and Kelly Marie Tran at the Star Wars: The Last Jedi LA premiere

As well as defending the Canto Bight sequence for developing both Rose and Finn as characters, Tran explained that she felt a deeper connection to the scenes, as she felt they mirrored part of her own experiences growing up.

"So much of Rose in that moment, so much of the things that she said... I was like, 'I feel like this character's inside of me because so much of my upbringing was that,'" she explained.

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Addressing her Vietnamese heritage, she added: "My parents are also from a war-torn country. They had to leave their home in order to escape it... So to be able to exist in a community where I think people weren't really aware of the struggles that it took other people to even exist, yeah, I relate to that."

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