Following the release of The Rise of Skywalker in December, angry fans on places like Reddit and YouTube created elaborate conspiracy theories that “evil Disney and Kathleen Kennedy” forced JJ Abrams to cut a whole bunch of things they really wanted to see in the movie. Thus the #ReleaseTheJJCut hashtag was born, with people spamming the official Star Wars social media accounts with it and demanding Disney release a version of the movie that never existed.
Now JJ Abrams’ best friend (and Snap Wexley in the movie) told The Hollywood Reporter that those conspiracies are just BS:
“I’m being completely honest here, but not once did he ever tell me that there was any pressure on him to cut things out,” Grunberg says. “Personally, I don’t think there’s any truth to that, and I would be surprised if there’s a ‘J.J. cut.’ Every movie goes through a series of cuts; it’s just the nature of it. I don’t buy into it at all.”
He also said the movie wasn’t a rebuke of The Last Jedi, despite what people on the Internet like to claim:
“I never heard one disparaging thing from J.J. about Rian,” Grunberg says. “It’s one of those things where if you pay attention to the film and engage with it, all it does is keep that story going. … I would absolutely tell you if there were moments here and there. And there weren’t. There just absolutely weren’t. If anybody was going to try and dig that out of J.J., it’d be me. “
If you watch The Skywalker Legacy documentary that comes with The Rise of Skywalker, there obviously were some deleted scenes, but it doesn’t sound like those crazy alternate cuts and 200 alternate endings have any truth to them.