Unlike the real-life, roly-poly BB-8, Star Wars: Rogue One (opens in new tab)'s K-2SO is a CGI creation. But the actor behind the droid still had to be on set or else "it wouldn't have worked", Alan Tudyk argued in a live Twitter Q&A. Even though that meant lurking around on the set in stilts to more accurately model the 7'1" ex-Imperial military droid.
"You interact with your fellow actors, you can't create a character after the fact [or] you're limited to everybody's choices about you," Tudyk argued. "This is very much an ensemble piece [...] The movie, it's written that way, and that's how we all came together. So if I wasn't there, it wouldn't have worked. It wouldn't have been me, it would have been a character created by everyone else, and then I would have to come in and just do a voice.
"Jar Jar Binks was just voiced, wasn't he?" Tudyk added. "That's one way to do it, and we did it a different way. And I think our way, just saying, is better. Although his voice was killin' it."
Though that's actually incorrect; just like Tudyk, Jar Jar Binks actor Ahmed Best acted alongside the other characters in the Star Wars prequel trilogy and the final character was edited in with computer graphics afterward. Hopefully K-2SO enjoys a warmer reception.
Directed by Gareth Edwards and starring Felicity Jones, Diego Luna, Ben Mendelsohn, Forest Whitaker, and Mads Mikkelsen, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story is released in the UK on December 15 and the US on December 16.
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