Even before Star Wars: The Force Awakens was released in December, there was one new character who captured the hearts of fans across the galaxy. When the movie was released, BB-8, a funny spherical droid, proved himself to be a fantastic addition to the franchise.
Following the film's success, Ben Schwartz and Bill Hader admitted that they had a hand in helping give BB-8 some of his nonverbal sass as vocal consultants. In his recent Reddit AMA, Schwartz discussed how he came to work on The Force Awakens and, better yet, confirmed that BB-8 had actual lines.
"I was lucky enough that when JJ Abrams was making the new Star Wars film, he came home on a little break and he said, 'Hey I have this new droid called BB-8, and I want him to have personality. You know, everybody loves R2-D2, but I want to put him in situations where he can feel warmth, and he can be funny, and he can do all these things.' Because he had these big scenes with Rey – and I can talk about it all finally – all these big scenes with Daisy Ridley’s character, and John Boyega’s character, and so the process was at the beginning. We wrote real dialogue for him.
"So, there’s recordings of me overseeing this. JJ would show me scenes, and I would say real dialogue as BB-8 in response to whatever Rey or people were saying. And then, the goal was to give that to LucasFilms and they would turn them into beeps and boops."
Not only did the character have real dialogue, but it was translated from English to the beeps and boops of droids like BB-8 and R2-D2! That means that somewhere on this planet is the English translation of the real words BB-8 was saying to Rey. Now, if Abrams could just send over that script, that would be just peachy.
"So, if Rey, Daisy Ridley’s character, is having a scene with BB-8, they would edit with my dialogue in there to know when to cut to back and stuff like that. And I was so excited, because I don’t know how much percent of my actual voice is in there, hopefully there is some, but I know that all the editors were so kind to me in saying that it really helped with the way they edit, and the cadence."
After hearing Schwartz talking about working on BB-8's voice, I can only image the droid sounding like Jean-Ralphio from Parks And Recreation, which somehow makes me love his character even more.
To hear Schwartz discuss more of his process in helping bring BB-8 to life, watch his Reddit AMA video here:
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