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Last week, rumors circulated that some of  Lupita Nyong’o’s  scenes from the new Star Wars movie were cut because of her lackluster performance. U.K. publication The Sun wrote that J.J. Abrams had to “massively cut” Nyong’o’s role because “there was a general sense that something wasn’t working.”

Those rumors couldn’t be any further from the truth, according to Abrams. The director released a statement refuting the Sun’s article.

“The number of rumors floating around about The Force Awakens is truly stunning. Some are wonderfully funny, others simply preposterous,” Abrams told Page Six . “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.”

He continued: “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.”Earlier this year, in an interview with  Essence , Nyong’o spoke about her role.

“I was on the way to the beach and all of sudden J.J.’s on the phone. I asked to see the script and they flew someone to Morocco with the script so I could read it,” she explained. “I was immediately interested in the character. I like to get lost in the transformation and I felt like this character would offer me that.”


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