Alan Tudyk Was Afraid K-2SO Would Become the Next Jar Jar

Saturday, 10 December 2016 - 10:59AM
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Star Wars: Rogue One
Saturday, 10 December 2016 - 10:59AM
Alan Tudyk Was Afraid K-2SO Would Become the Next Jar Jar
While days could be spent (and have been spent) debating everything that was wrong with George Lucas' Star Wars prequels, one of the very worst transgressions that the screenwriter ever committed was the creation of the character infamously known as Jar Jar Binks. The Gungan was a terrible attempt at comic relief and is the easiest example by far of the prequels' failure. But now that Lucasfilm is returning to a time set before the calling of Luke and undertaking its first-ever anthology movie in the same breath, some of the cast and crew of the rapidly approaching Rogue One: A Star Wars Story have been extra conscious of any parallels that might be drawn between the newest addition to the Star Wars universe and the almost universally despised prequels. Take for instance Alan Tudyk, who in a recent interview with Huffington Post spoke out on his worries that the new droid he plays, K-2SO, would be compared to the notorious Jar Jar.

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[Jar Jar] was such an outlier ― not an outlier, an anomaly in the world ― that was backed away from as quickly as they could…I did have it in mind because K-2SO can be very funny in moments, and I talked to [director] Gareth Edwards, saying, I hope I'm not coming across as a character that makes jokes, that he is a sarcastic character or a passive-aggressive character or an honest character that can be funny within a moment, especially these moments of high-stakes life and death, which this movie has a lot of ― you know, it'a a war movie. He told me that I wasn't, so I trusted him, and I'm really happy with the outcome.
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It's not hard to see why Tudyk was anxious about the issue. K-2SO has definitely seemed like a comic relief character from the trailers, and the only other character to serve in a similar capacity in the pre-Episode IV Star Wars universe is Jar Jar. However, Star Wars has had other characters, like C-3PO and BB-8, who have effectively brought comic relief to a galaxy far, far away, so it's evident that the problem isn't with goofy characters; the problem is with how they're written and portrayed on the big screen.

Tudyk also talked a bit further about what it was like to play K-2SO, and mentioned that Anthony Daniels, the man who played C-3PO, called him a "shit" for getting to do motion capture while he had to wear a costume for the original trilogy.  Likewise, Tudyk made an attempt at debunking the Jar Jar sith lord fan theory, stating "That's ridiculous. I guess he could be, like, the Seth lord, the lord of a man named Seth. Seth is, like, a thief."  

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story hits theaters on December 16th.
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