Daniel Craig has revealed how being James Bond led to his Star Wars: The Force Awakens cameo.
The 53-year-old actor — who's making his final outing as 007 in No Time To Die — has recalled how being on set for 2015's Spectre saw him take a shot and end up being cast by director JJ Abram's for a role as a Stormtrooper.
Speaking at a BAFTA talk, he recalled: "I nearly gave up after that. What else am I gonna do?
"I think we were doing Spectre and all of our crew were on Star Wars. Ben Dixon, who was our [second unit director], a great lovely man Ben Dixon, 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.
"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 JJ'. And he came back and said, 'Yeah.' "
Craig's idea for his cameo was a "background" character, or a hidden role doing something clumsy in the background — but he ended up much more involved.
He explained: "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****** scene, I was like — okay! 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!"
The actor couldn't quite believe his luck, even if The Last Jedi and Daniel's Knives Out director Rian Johnson immediately guessed there was someone famous behind the helmet.
He added: "And I kind of went and said no f***ing way was I in Star Wars.
"I mean, I thought I was great to kind of play around with that and everybody kind of started hating on me 'cause I sort of said I didn't like Star Wars and I just was like, 'Oh it was so stupid'.
"But it was amazing and I'm in the movie and Rian says when he saw the movie the first thing he did afterwards was he said, 'Who was that f***** Stormtrooper?'
"He said he knew it was somebody, whatever. It’s the way I walk, clearly." — BANG SHOWBIZ
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