Anthony Daniels, who will reprise his role as C-3PO in “Star Wars: The Force Awakens,” opened up about Disney’s secrecy, working with J.J. Abrams, his thoughts on the prequels, his career and more during an interview with The Guardian.
Disney has kept details about the upcoming “Star Wars” installment under lock and key, and Daniels revealed some of the measures that have been taken in order to keep the plot secret: “The secrecy has been beyond ludicrous… For heaven’s sake, it’s a movie. When I got the script, it was typed in black on paper of the deepest red so you couldn’t photocopy it. I got a hangover just reading it.”
He recalled a Tweet he had made during filming, which Disney immediately told him to pull. “I said that I’d met so-and-so. An actor who plays a … thing in the film. A character. Immediately I received a message from Disney: ‘Remove the tweet! You’re not allowed to say that!’ Honestly. It’s a kind of Kremlin attitude.”
Of the transition from creator George Lucas to director J.J. Abrams, he shared, “George has changed a lot over the years but I think he finds it slightly hard to collaborate… He made decisions that I believe might have been better discussed with other people. J.J. is more collaborative. He likes to listen.”
“It became clear early on that with J.J. we were getting back to the old-fashioned kind of film-making. We have walls. Actual sets!” he added.
Daniels also wasn’t shy about his thoughts on the “Star Wars” prequels, saying, “The effects are clever but pointless. The skill is there, but so what? Coldness, that’s the word. Bleakness, even.”
As to his career, he acknowledged the way that C-3PO paved his way and how he can’t imagine doing anything else now. “I wanted to act but I didn’t want to play Hamlet. With ‘Star Wars,’ my life jolted sideways. I look at other actors now — they’re all terribly good — and I think, ‘How do you know how to do that? How?’ Because I seem to have forgotten.”
Opening Dec. 18, “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” also stars John Boyega, Daisy Ridley, Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill, Anthony Daniels, Peter Mayhew, Kenny Baker, Oscar Isaac, Domhnall Gleeson, Max von Sydow, Andy Serkis, Lupita Nyong’o and Gwendoline Christie.
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