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Veteran Hollywood writer-director, Tony Gilroy gave some heartfelt advice to Montclair State University students this past week as he discussed the pitfalls of the industry, how to break into writing for film, and also touched on his work on Rogue One: A Star Wars Story.

In regards to Rogue One he was hesitant to say to much, but made these comments:

When pressed by Susan Skoog, director of programming at The Film Institute at Montclair State, about “what went wrong” with Rogue One, Gilroy hesitated to answer to avoid getting into trouble with the producers of the movie, but then responded that it was a matter of “purity” when telling the story.

“When things pass through many hands and there’s a great deal of confusion … and there’s all kinds of accessories and jewelries and bootstraps and zippers, and all the rest of the stuff. The purity for the characters, if it’s not there to begin with, it just deteriorates and just turns into an absolute mush,” Gilroy said.

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