Rogue One has been called the best Star Wars movies since The Empire Strikes Back by many.
However, there is one criticism that the movie always gets and that is the CGI version of Grand Moff Tarkin, the Death Star portrayed by the late Peter Cushing in 1977’s Star Wars: A New Hope.
Some publications described it as: “distracting,” “grave-robbing,” “creepy” and even “terrifying for all the wrong reasons.”
John Knoll, creative officer at Industrial Light & Magic and special effects specialist who came up with the idea of adding in a CGI version of the late actor disagrees with people’s criticism, saying: “It’s interesting, there are sort of different categories of response. There are people that have said quite vehemently that it looks terrible and looks like a video game, and I will assert that that is not the case.”
Furthermore, some people thing “resurrecting” Cushing is not ethical considering that the actor did not give his consent before passing away in 1994.
“They fear a slippery slope,’ Well if they’re going to do this now, where’s the end of it? Soon we’re going to have all sorts of dead celebrities endorsing products.’”
“I’ll say, well, first of all that’s not what we did. What we had Tarkin doing in this film I think was entirely appropriate narratively for this story, and we weren’t doing anything that I think Peter Cushing would’ve objected to. I think this work was done with a great deal of affection and care. We know that Peter Cushing was very proud of his involvement in Star Wars and has said as much, and that he regretted that he never got a chance to be in another Star Wars film because George [Lucas] had killed off his character.”
“And this was done in consultation and cooperation with his estate. So we wouldn’t do this if the estate had objected or didn’t feel comfortable with this idea.” (Cushing’s former assistant, Joyce Broughton, praised ILM’s efforts. “It’s not just a silly sort of thing. It’s really good.”)