Felicity Jones says making Rogue One: A Star Wars Story was like “being in the army”.
The 33-year-old actress plays Rebel Alliance fighter Jyn Erso in the hotly-anticipated and had to run and hide “for seven months” whilst being screamed at on set, which, for her, felt like being a soldier in the armed forces, something that she loved.
Asked what was the highlight of the production, she said: “It was, just, running … and having the first assistant director shout at you a lot, shouting, ‘Run, move, hide, get out of there! Keep going!’ There was a lot of military shouting going on, it was literally like being in the army for seven months! I do have to say that.”
Although it is set in space in a galaxy far, far away, Jones claims Gareth Edwards’ movie feels “authentic” and she can see the influence of iconic war movies such as Saving Private Ryan and Apocalypse Now in the final cut.
She added to Collider.com: “It’s so exciting when you’re watching it, all the rebels watched it together. It’s very much true to the references that we looked at early on in the film, ‘Saving Private Ryan and ‘Apocalypse Now’. It has an authenticity, as the audience, you are definitely with them, you go on that journey as well.”
Once shooting had wrapped on the project, Jones has confessed she helped herself to her alter ego Jyn Erso’s boots as she’d had her eye on the footwear for “quite a long time”.
The brunette British beauty revealed: “I took Jyn’s boots. They were these really nice brown lace-ups I’d had my eye on for quite a long time. I did ask permission. Although they had these uncool Velcro straps on that I quickly took off, because in ‘Star Wars’ you can’t have buttons or zips or laces. There are a lot of idiosyncratic rules like that, if you look, all the ‘Star Wars’ costumes wrap around or have these other ingenious ways of staying on you without using buttons.”
Rogue One: A Star Wars Story is set between the events of Episode III – Revenge of the Sith and Episode IV – A New Hope and focuses on the Rebel Alliance’s mission to steal the plans for the Galactic Empire’s Death Star super-weapon.