It sounds like everyone is falling in love with Star Wars: The Force Awakens. One of those reasons is the latest droid, BB-8. This isn’t a spoiler, given that BB-8 showed up in the first teaser trailer for Star Wars. Well, it turns out, everyone loves the cute droid.
Now we can tell you that BB-8 got a few lifts from SNL alum Bill Hader. According to HitFix, SNL alum Bill Hader and Parks & Recreation star Ben Schwartz both acted as “BB-8’s Vocal Consultants” for the film Star Wars: The Force Awakens.
— Disney (@Disney) December 15, 2015
It’s said that both actors are listed in the credits for BB-8. So what happens when you’re asked to be a vocal consultant for one of the newest Star Wars characters? Well, according to Hader, it sounded like a lot of fun.
“J.J. f–king around with this sound effects app on his iPad that was attached to a talk box operated by me. It looked ridiculous but it made BB-8’s voice. At first I tried doing a voice, but we all agreed it sounded too human.”
Meanwhile, Ben Schwartz had his own reveal. He didn’t have it at the premiere, but instead, like most people these days, he decided to reveal the news on Twitter. “Quite possibly the hardest and coolest secret I’ve ever had to keep. BB8 voice over consultant #ForceAwakens.”
Fans immediately reacted to the tweets about the already popular BB-8 character.
You’re looking at a bonafide BB8 voice over consultant. And nothing makes me happier. This movie is amazing. https://t.co/AHRKAvRUHT
— Ben Schwartz (@rejectedjokes) December 15, 2015
— Ben Schwartz (@rejectedjokes) December 16, 2015
— Abner Malady (@abner_malady) December 15, 2015
Of course, we knew about the rest of the cast for quite some time now. At first there was a question of whether or not the original cast would be on board to return for Star Wars, but that was confirmed many months ago as Disney and LucasFilm has used actors Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, and Mark Hamill for the marketing around the movie.
Although the film seems to be packed with nostalgia, the film also introduces new characters to jump start more excitement about the franchise. In an effort to bring forth new stories that people can grow to learn about, Disney decided to bring in actors Daisy Ridley (Rey), Oscar Isaac (Poe Dameron), John Boyega (Finn), and Adam Driver (Kylo Ren).
Of Kylo Ren’s specifically, while he may be compared to other villainous characters like Darth Vadar, The Telegraph says that it would be an under sell.
“Kylo Ren is a genuinely scary presence (in a mostly family-friendly way) throughout: his Force levitations of unfortunate underlings, in particular, have the eerie abruptness of poltergeist activity. But there are a few scenes towards the climax of the film in which elements of Ren’s essential character are revealed, and the bottom suddenly drops out of the fun, turning the film into a kind of multi-coloured Jacobean blood tragedy.”
As for BB-8 he has a very important role in the film that we will not reveal.
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