Alan Tudyk Talks Playing K-2SO at Fan Expo Canada

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K-2SO played by Alan Tudyk in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

Fan Expo Canada is currently underway, and it has no shortage of Star Wars cast members on hand.  One such person is the talented Alan Tudyk.  He is playing the sarcastic droid, K-2SO in the year’s upcoming Rogue One: A Star Wars Story film.  It seems things got quite interesting on set, as Alan Tudyk talks playing K-2SO.

First, he explained why the production decided to make K-2SO a motion capture character, rather than a costume, saying, “He’s 7’1″ and his arms are really spindle-y, there was no way to do that as a suit”.

Tudyk, who is 6ft tall, had to wear stilts in order to play K2 during most of the shoot.  However, there were times when this was not possible.  “I was by cliff once and you can’t wear stilts there, because you’ll die if you make one wrong step,” Tudyk recalled.  “So they had this backpack, which ended up being known as the backpack of shame…it had this head that was up where (K2’s) head should be.”

The “backpack of shame”, became a source of great entertainment for Tudyk’s co-stars.  He recalled on particular exchange with Diego Luna, who plays Cassian Andor.  “The first time I wore it he goes, ‘Alan, it is terrible what has happened.  Everyone respected you just a moment ago, now they just feel sorry for you.  Could you please take that ridiculous backpack off, it is upsetting the entire crew.’”

He also praised the creature and make-up team working on the Star Wars films.  “You see the most amazing make-up and creature creations,’ Tudyk told the audience. “You’re like this is the most amazing alien I’ve ever seen and then they just walk behind you casually in the scene.  It’s like a walking action figure!”

About Rogue One:

From Lucasfilm comes the first of the Star Wars standalone films, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, an all-new epic adventure. In a time of conflict, a group of unlikely heroes band together on a mission to steal the plans to the Death Star, the Empire’s ultimate weapon of destruction. This key event in the Star Wars timeline brings together ordinary people who choose to do extraordinary things, and in doing so, become part of something greater than themselves.

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story is directed by Gareth Edwards and stars Felicity Jones, Diego Luna, Ben Mendelsohn, Donnie Yen, Mads Mikkelsen, Alan Tudyk, Riz Ahmed, with Jiang Wen and Forest Whitaker. Kathleen Kennedy, Allison Shearmur and Simon Emanuel are producing, with John Knoll and Jason McGatlin serving as executive producers. Rogue One: A Star Wars Story opens in U.S. theaters on December 16, 2016.