Jimmy Smits, the actor who portrayed Bail Organa in Revenge of the Sith, reprised his role in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. Though his role was short, the scenes in which he appeared were very meaningful and were the perfect way to bridge the prequels and the Original Trilogy together. Rotten Tomatoes talked with Smits about his return.
RT: There were reshoots to Rogue One. Did you do any different versions of your scenes, like when you say, “I trust her with my life?”
Smits: No. That was one of the reasons why I did it, because that little scene there meant a lot to me. I’m so happy that the film has done well, because it meant a lot, I think, to the franchise to do this whole thing that the standalone films would be just as substantive and good as the others, so that they can have a life themselves.
I’m definitely very happy that they brought back Bail, especially with Rogue One being so close to his fate in A New Hope. Rogue One: A Star Wars is now in theaters.