So this last weekend the Premiere for Rogue One happened and the excitement for this newest Star Wars story has increased ten fold. The movie will be in theaters this week people, this week. Officially it will be in theaters December 16th but I bet a lot of you have tickets to see it on Thursday. We have lots of local showings starting on Thursday night at 7:00 PM. I’m thinking late night for the kids ‘cause I can’t wait to see this movie. As part of our interview series for Rogue One: A Star Wars story we were able to interview Alan Tudyk (AT) and Mads Mikkelsen (MM) who play K-2SO and Galen Erson. So who are these two characters exactly?
MM : ……My character, is called Galen Erso. I am a scientist, working closely together with, Krennic in the film….before the film actually….and working on a project that has the potential of making the world a better place, and also the potential of not doing so. I’m also the father of our hero, K-2.
AT : My character, K2-SO is a droid who was formerly of the Empire, and he’s been reprogrammed by Cassian’s character, ……so he’s a soldier in the Alliance. He’s been reprogrammed—the reprogram has caused him to be… free with his own personality, which um, invites some brutal honesty in moments where honesty isn’t really required, and uh, he can be funny in that way… and sarcastic, and… passive-aggressive, and all those fun things that sort of sidekicks—although ……. They’re partners. He wouldn’t see himself as a sidekick.
One thing I love about how Star Wars movies are put together is that they are collaborative. The actors are allowed a little lee-way when it comes to their lines and their input on characterization. With everyone working together these movies really show the love each person involved has for the franchise. The fan base is huge. Alan Tudyk seems to be the comic relief in his character K-2SO. The scenes I did get to see I found him to have a great sense of humor, much better than Jar Jar or C-3PO.
AT : I luckily got to adlib a lot. I mean, ….Gareth was really um… conducive to having fun, and playing around with the characters, and discovering how the scenes fit on the locations that we were, uh, shooting them in as opposed to saying, “Here we go, this where you’re gonna be; you’re gonna stand here; you’re gonna move here; this is how it was” um… when we would get into this space, we would find the best way to, um… bring life to the scenes, what we were given, and um… my… and part of that became… just saying whatever I wanted….In moments – I don’t want to say I just was off-roading the entire time, I can’t…..that becomes problematic in moviemaking. Uh, I’ve worked with actors who do that. …..a lot of my improving is based on the line that was there, and it’s just a version of what was there.
I also found it humorous that when the director Gareth wanted to talk to Alan about motion capture for a robot in Star Wars he had no idea he was being considered for the role. Alan gave Gareth a LOT of advice about what to do and what not to do. He said he said things he never would have said out loud if he had known he was in the running to be in Star Wars. He just thought since he was in I Robot he would be the perfect actor get advice for on motion capture for a robot. So then when Gareth asked him to audition he was shocked. Alan also talked about how he caught on fire on set.
AT : I caught on fire! ……We were in the trenches, literally. There was a battle going on, and they had explosions, and I’m wearing my skintight pajamas….there are pots of just… explosions, and people are ducking down, and I’m—suddenly my back gets hot. I think, ‘Oh, ow—ow—ow I’m on fire’ and it was a—it was like a—just a spark hit it and then just spread out. It was very flammable. I didn’t realize it. …. ……I wore fire retardant undershirts after that. And I—it hit again…..there—there was a lot of explosions that day. There was amazing pyrotechnics and—there was one point where we were running on the beach, they had a spaceship land. So they had built….what looked like partially a spaceship, but it was a box where people were in it, guy’s on a gun, going like this… we’re in a battle, running down this beach, the thing comes over, they’ve got it on a crane, it’s got smoke coming out of the bottom, it lands, troops go out either side, it takes back off again, soldiers are hitting these things that are vaulting them in the air, and falling like that, explosions… they’re like, “That’s your track – aim for that. You don’t wanna get off it because uh……You’ll catch fire….Yeah. It was madness. It was fun.
What I really like about Mads is that his favorite character is Han Solo like me….
MM : …… Uh, for the simple reason that he’s not really on anybody’s side—his own side. And obviously Harrison Ford playing him charmingly, it—it’s just something you can relate to, so you’re not the good, or the bad, but you’re that guy who’s just there for the fun ride, and then he’ll leave you in a second if there’s no money in that, right? And—and it just—it’s just recognizable in a wonderful way. I like him a lot.
Rogue One A Star Wars Story is full of an amazing team of strong actors from all walks of life. These actors come together on the big screen for a big punch! This movie is going to fit perfectly into the story that everyone loves. It’s amazing how such a franchise transcends generations and will continue to do so. Star Wars connects families in so many ways. Go see Rogue One on Friday, or get an early seat and see it Thursday or go opening weekend in between Christmas Shopping. Just go see it!