He said he had "a key moment to pick with the editors"
Prince William was reportedly recorded complaining about being cut from latest Star Wars movie The Last Jedi at last night’s BAFTAs.
William and brother Prince Harry filmed a guest appearance as Stormtroopers in the latest franchise film, which came out in December. It’s believed that they shot their cameo in April 2016 during a visit to Pinewood studios.
The Telegraph now reports that William was overheard making comments about failing to make the final cut as he and the Duchess of Cambridge, Kate Middleton, took to the stage after the ceremony.
The report states that “an in-house camera kept rolling and transmitting audio directly into a media room” and picked up comments that Williams allegedly made to the editing team behind Baby Driver.
“I’ve got a key moment to pick with the editors, actually, because they cut me out of the Star Wars film,” he reportedly said while “grimacing”.
The report also suggests that William and Harry were cut because “their height made them stand out” from the other Stormtroopers.
John Boyega, meanwhile, told This Morning of the controversy: “I did personally apologise to them [the Princes] yesterday and said, ‘Sorry you were cut out of the film’ and Will was like, ‘I probably just need to work more on the skills.’ I was like, ‘Maybe, bruv.'”
Princes William and Harry had previously attended the London premiere of The Last Jedi.
Last night saw the BAFTAs 2018 held in London, with Three Billboards… dominating the evening by taking home five awards – while Gary Oldman was named best Leading Actor for playing Winston Churchill in Darkest Hour. See the full winners’ list here.
Hailed by NME as ‘masterpiece‘, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing Missouri won Best Film and Outstanding British Film, with Martin McDonagh winning Original Screenplay, Sam Rockwell taking Supporting Actor, and Frances McDormand receiving the BAFTA for Leading Actress.
Elsewhere, The Shape of Water also performed well by taking home three awards – with Guillermo del Toro named Best Director, composer Alexandre Desplat winning the Original Music award, and the film also winning the award for Production Design.
Allison Janney was named Best Supporting Actress for her role as Tonya Harding’s mother in I, Tonya, while Gary Oldman won Best Leading Actor for his role in Darkest Hour – which also won for Best Make Up And Hair for his impressive transformation into former Prime Minister Winston Churchill.
The campaign against sexual harassment featured strongly at the event, with many actors wearing black attire and ‘Time’s Up’ badges.