Daniel Craig has revealed the origin of his secret cameo as a Stormtrooper in Star Wars: The Force Awakens — he asked.
The 54-year-old actor, who is currently promoting his return as Southern Detective Benoit Blanc in Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery, discussed his Star Wars appearance on the Happy Sad Confused podcast – reported via Total Movie.
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“I like [Star Wars], Yes of course. I wouldn’t have asked to be in it if I wasn’t a fan,” he said, revealing that he had worked his way through Star Wars assistant director Ben Dixon, who had worked with Craig on several James Bond films.
Craig, who was in Pinewood for a costume fitting, revealed: “I just said ‘could I have a role in this?’ and he said ‘yes’.”
Craig’s cameo takes place during the scene in which Rey is captured and awaiting interrogation by Kylo Ren.
She uses her fledgling Jedi skills to perform a mind trick on a Stormtrooper guarding her, who speaks in Craig’s distinctive voice as he lets her go.
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The star revealed that her brief but sweet cameo came together very quickly after her conversation with Dixon opened the door to the galaxy far, far away.
“The next day, I’m wearing a fucking suit. These things, they’re wrong. All I remember is I had to wear this suit all day and I couldn’t feel my hands by the end of it. of the day,” Craig said.
He added: “And I thought, ‘God, these poor people have to wear them in the desert.’ Kudos to these people.”
Though he made a big impression in his one-shot scene, Craig’s gullible Stormtrooper has never been seen again in the Star Wars franchise and is unlikely to appear again – unless there’s a very surprising announcement from Disney. + is in progress.
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Craig will, however, reprise the role of Benoit Blanc for a third Knives Out movie, after he and director Rian Johnson signed a two-movie deal with Netflix.
Glass Onion, which is available to stream now, is the first of these films and follows Blanc as he is invited to a murder mystery party on a billionaire’s private Greek island.
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