Bill Hader Helped Create BB-8’s Voice in Star Wars: The Force Awakens!

23 Dec 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

‘We gave BB-8 its voice’: Bill Hader and Ben Schwartz reveal they helped create the sound of Star Wars’ newest droid.

‘Quite possibly the hardest and coolest secret I’ve ever had to keep. The Saturday Night Live alum and Trainwreck star has been outed as helping to create the voice for the lovable BB-8 droid – the one that looks like a volleyball you’ve probably seen rolling around toy stores. The two actors are listed as “BB-8 Voice Consultants” in the film’s closing credits — which, according to Hader, means he quite literally helped director J.J. That’s right, comedians Bill Hader and Ben Schwartz served as official “BB-8 Vocal Consultants” on the highly anticipated Star Wars: The Force Awakens.

So then Abrams began using ‘a sound effects app on his iPad that was attached to a talk box operated by me,’ he explained. ‘It looked ridiculous but it made BB-8’s voice.’ The ball-shaped rolling droid joined perennial fan faves C3P0 and R2D2 in the movie that also brings back the beloved characters of Han Solo, Princess Leia and Luke Skywalker in addition to fresh faces and new characters. The two stars’ inclusion in the blockbuster came as a major surprise to those who stayed for the credits at Monday’s premiere in Los Angeles — as neither has been listed in any previous media information for the movie. In fact, neither Hader nor Schwartz’s names appear in the cast listing, as they were both reserved for the lengthy “Other crew” section of the credits on IMDB. They have good reason to beep with pride: Hader and Schwartz are following in the footsteps of legendary sound designer Ben Burtt, whose mechanically altered vocalizations combined with a synthesizer gave voice to one the franchise’s most iconic droids, R2-D2.

This also isn’t the first time Hader has provided voiceover work for Abrams, as he also lent his voice to the USS Vengeance starship computer in “Star Trek Into Darkness.” BB8 voice over consultant #ForceAwakens.” The rest of the star-studded cast includes veterans such as Harrison Ford and Carrie Fisher and newcomers such as Adam Driver, Lupita Nyong’o and Oscar Isaac.

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