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(Note - the following contains absolutely NO PLOT SPOILERS for Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens. It does, however, discuss the voicing of a certain droid, and could therefore be considered to contain VERY MILD POTENTIAL SPOILERS, sort of...)

Now, whether or not you've seen Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens yet (something that, right now, depends pretty heavily on the timezone lottery), there's one thing that seems pretty fundamentally straight forward to assume. After all, in a galaxy full of legendary original trilogy stars, new leads and carefully hidden Simon Pegg cameos, there's one figure who will, surely, remain mysteriously ambiguous in his origins: BB-8.

After all, everyone's new favorite droid only speaks in beeps and boops, right? Surely there's no way we're ever going to discover that he/she/it is, in fact, voiced by a surprising celebrity, right?

Right? RIGHT? Well...

As it Turns Out, BB-8 is Voiced By the Last Two People You'd Expect

Specifically, it turns out that two gentlemen who you might just recognize from screens big and small acted as 'vocal consultants' for BB-8. The actors in question?

These guys...

Yup, that's right. Acclaimed funnymen Ben Schwartz (perhaps best known as Jean-Ralphio on Parks and Recreation) and SNL's Bill Hader are the voice(s) of BB-8.

Or, at least, they played a key - if unusual - role in the creation of the droids distinctive bleeping and blooping. As Hader put it to HitFix recently, when asked about the nature of the unusual credit, his role largely consisted of:

"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."

Which is... actually kind of mind-blowing.

What's next? Chewie turning out to be voiced by le Bieber? Kanye secretly over-dubbing Kylo Ren? Anthony Daniels making way for Benedict Cumberbatch to voice C-3PO?

See, this is what happens when explosions rock a cerebral cortex...

What do you reckon, though?

via HitFix


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