‘Star Wars’ Star Anthony Daniels Says ‘J.J. Is More Collaborative’ Than George Lucas

There can be no greater judge of Star Wars than one of the actors that has been with the franchise since its inception and Anthony Daniels, and his C-3PO alter ego, definitely foots the bill. As such, Daniels has some well-informed opinions about The Force Awakens, George Lucas, and Star Wars in general.

Weighing heavily on Anthony’s mind is the secrecy revolving around Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens and, as Daniels describes it, the new Star Wars film sounds more like a C.I.A. operation than a Disney project.

“The secrecy has been beyond ludicrous,” claims Star Wars‘ Daniels, according to The Guardian. “For heaven’s sake, it’s a movie. When I got the script, it was typed in black on paper of the deepest red so you couldn’t photocopy it. I got a hangover just reading it.”

Daniels revealed that he learned just how seriously Disney is taking their secrecy over the project, when the Star Wars star revealed that he’d met an actor connected with the film.

“I said that I’d met so-and-so. An actor who plays a … thing in the film. A character,” Anthony said. “Immediately I received a message from Disney: ‘Remove the tweet! You’re not allowed to say that!’ Honestly. It’s a kind of Kremlin attitude. Look, I know perfectly well not to tell you now what I’m giving you for a Christmas present because it would spoil the surprise. And these films are all about opening the box on Christmas Day.”

Daniels may have spent years working with George Lucas, but that doesn’t mean he has always agreed with the way the Star Wars creator has worked the films. In fact, as The Hollywood Reporter states, Mr. Daniels has complete confidence in Abrams ability to bring the Star Wars franchise back to its former glory.

“George [Lucas] has changed a lot over the years, but I think he finds it slightly hard to collaborate. He made decisions that I believe might have been better discussed with other people,” Anthony said. “J.J. is more collaborative. He likes to listen.”

Concerning his own Star Wars character, Daniels says that Abrams hasn’t altered C-3PO’s character at all, but adds a statement that inspires an aura of mystery around the topic.

“There was, however, some debate about a certain issue, whose outcome will become apparent in due course,” said Anthony Daniels about C-3PO’s appearance in Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens.

[Featured image: Anthony Daniels courtesy of Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images for Disney]