As many Star Wars fans know by now, one of the many surprises and cameos in 2015’s Star Wars: The Force Awakens was none other than Daniel Craig as a stormtrooper. Craig’s involvement was a surprise to those paying attention to the credits mostly because the voice he used for his First Order trooper did not sound like his own, in fact one might wonder if it became the inspiration for his Knives Out character. Speaking in a new interview, Craig opened up about the circumstances of how his cameo in the film came to be, revealing that he asked for a bit-part on a whim and was surprised to actually get one.
“I think we were doing SPECTRE, and all of our crew were on Star Wars. Ben Dixon, who was our seconding (Second Assistant Director), a great lovely man Ben Dixon, he was on seconding and I kind of went to, I had to go into Pinewood to, I don’t know what I had to go to Pinewood for, to do some fitting or something,” Craig revealed during a special BAFTA retrospective (H/T The Daily Express). “And I said to Ben, I said, ‘Part for me?”. And he was like, ‘Are you serious?’ I was like, ‘Yeah.’ And he went, ‘I’ll go ask J.J.’ And he came back and said, ‘Yeah.'”
He continued, “Thing was, I thought ‘background stormtrooper.’ I mean, I wanted to do that guy that bumps his head in the original one, you know that person who drops his lightsaber or something….Then I was in a whole f***ing scene, I was like, ‘OK!’ And we did the scene and then I just thought they’ll loop me, they’ll put another voice on it, you know. Then I had to spend like three hours with JJ on a looping session like doing all the dialogues. Like, ‘Really, you want me to do this? Get someone else to do this!'”
In addition to Craig, other minor cameos that popped up in Star Wars: The Force Awakens included composer Michael Giacchino, J.J.’s father Gerald W. Abrams, Judah Friedlander, and Kevin Smith.
Craig can next be seen in No Time to Die, his final appearance as James Bond, which arrives in theaters October 8. We can’t say for certain if he’ll ever return to the galaxy far, far away but that seems more likely than him taking on another James Bond movie.