Actor Alan Tudyk will be portraying a former Empirical droid, turned Rebel Alliance, K-2SO, in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. And now he’s talking about what it’s like joining the ranks of famous droids like C-3PO, R2-D2, BB-8, HK-47, Proxy, and others…
StarWars.com recently sat down with former Firefly actor, Alan Tudyk, about his upcoming role in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. K-2SO is described on StarWars.com as:
A reprogrammed Imperial security droid now loyal to the Alliance, K-2SO is an alarming sight standing within a secret Rebel base. The pragmatic droid is an effective insertion agent, as he can blend in perfectly at Imperial installations and outposts.
Much like BB-8 in The Force Awakens, Kaytoo already sounds like a fan-favorite. Tudyk talked about meeting C-3PO actor Anthony Daniels:
"“I met Anthony Daniels at Star Wars Celebration Europe, who has worn an actual suit as C-3PO since the first Star Wars. He had to be screwed into it. To get out of it, it took a drill and some time. He was in the desert, as you know, and put up with a lot of harsh conditions. I was wearing stilts, which was very cool, because the character is tall. I was wearing these ILM-designed stilts that were almost a foot tall. That was my only real challenge. Anthony Daniels asked me what I wore on the shoot. He asked me if I wore a suit or if I were motion capture. I said, “I’m motion capturing it.” He said, “You [expletive]!””"
There is no doubt that actors like Anthony Daniels and Kenny Baker (Rest in Peace), definitely blazed a trail for these new actor donning the mantle of new droids in the Star Wars cinematic universe. Tudyk was asked about what it’s like being in a Star Wars film, after growing up as part of the Star Wars Original Trilogy generation:
"“And when we were at the convention in London, John Williams’ music played over the crowd and I thought, “Oh!” It sparks that feeling. There’s sense memory that comes back to you, and you’re suddenly that child again. And you’re, like, “Wait a minute! We have the rights to this, don’t we? We’re part of this! Oh, my God!” It’s been great, and I think it’s just going to continue to be. At some level, I don’t think I’ve even realized that I’m in Star Wars.”"
It sounds like Alan Tudyk has a firm grasp on what it means to be a bonafide member of the Star Wars cinematic universe, and I can’t wait to see his hijinks as K-2SO in Rogue One, when the film opens worldwide, in December.
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