I am so excited to share our Alan Tudyk & Mads Mikkelsen interview for Roque One A Star Wars Story. Mads plays Jyn’s father scientist Galen Erso (did you see our interview with Felicity Jones who plays Jyn Erso?). Mr. Tudyk plays K-2SO a protocol droid. The character is a 7 foot 1 lethal enforcer freed from the Empire’s control by Captain Cassian Andor played by Diego Luna (Make sure and check out our interview with Diego Luna)
This interview was so much fun! Alan and Mads kept us entertained the entire time and shared some fun info about Rogue One and what it was like to be part of the cast. Check out who caught on fire during filming….
Can you guys each tell us a little bit about your character?
Mads ~ My character is called Galen Erso. I am a scientist, working closely together with Krennic in the film, before the film actually, working on a project that has the potential of making the world a better place, and also the potential of not doing so. I’m also the father of our hero, K-2. No, the other hero. The other hero.
Alan ~ My character K2 is a droid who was formerly of the Empire, and he’s been reprogrammed by Cassian’s character and has been working with him prior to our introduction, to Jyn. So he’s a soldier in the Alliance. He’s been reprogrammed—the reprogram has caused him to be… free with his own personality, which invites some brutal honesty in moments where honesty isn’t really required, and he can be funny in that way and sarcastic, and passive-aggressive, and all those fun things that sort of sidekicks although they’re partners. He wouldn’t see himself as a sidekick.
Do you adlib a lot of that, or was all of that scripted?
Alan ~ I luckily got to adlib a lot. Gareth set up the set was really conducive to having fun, and playing around with the characters, and discovering how the scenes fit the locations that we were shooting as opposed to saying, “Here we go, this where you’re gonna be; you’re gonna stand here; you’re gonna move here; this is how it was when we would get into this space, we would find the best way to bring life to the scenes, what we were given, and part of that became just saying whatever I wanted.
In moments – I don’t want to say I just was off-roading the entire time, I that becomes problematic in moviemaking. I’ve worked with actors who do that. A lot of my improving is based on the line that was there, and it’s just a version of what was there.
Question for Alan… You were literally on fire in your role…..?
Alan ~ I caught on fire! We were in the trenches, literally. There was a battle going on, and they had explosions, and I’m wearing my skintight pajamas, there are pots of just explosions, and people are ducking down, and suddenly my back gets hot. I think, ‘Oh, ow—ow—ow I’m on fire’ and just a spark hit it and then just spread out. It was very flammable. I didn’t realize it.
Mads~ They were not aware?
Alan ~They were not aware.
Mads ~ Shoot him.
Alan ~ I hope…. What is the statute of limitations? I don’t think I could go up against their lawyers and really do very well. But I wore fire retardant undershirts after that. There was a lot of explosions that day. There was amazing pyrotechnics and there was one point where we were running on the beach, they had a spaceship land. So they had built what looked like partially a spaceship, but it was a box where people were in it, guy’s on a gun, going like this… we’re in a battle, running down this beach, the thing comes over, they’ve got it on a crane, it’s got smoke coming out of the bottom, it lands, troops go out either side, it takes back off again, soldiers are hitting these things that are vaulting them in the air, and falling like that, explosions… they’re like, “That’s your track – aim for that. You don’t wanna get off it because you’ll catch fire~ Yeah. It was madness. It was fun.
Droids are such an important part of Star Wars. Did you feel pressured to make your character unique, or to match the rest of the droids?
Alan ~ I guess I did. I don’t remember it if I did. I just focused on the script, like any job, I did have a concern after a take, people would go, “Oh that was really funny” that I was going to be a Jar Jar Binks. And I did talk to Gareth saying, am I want to stay this side of Jar Jar, you know, I don’t want to be this… bigger than the movie character that’s in his own world, and he assured me that he wouldn’t allow that, he would keep me within the world as long as I was focused on it and I think we did it, so that was my concern beyond being a droid.
Before this movie, what were your favorite Star Wars characters?
Mads~ I think it’s, Han Solo, for me. For the simple reason that he’s not really on anybody’s side, he’s on his own side. Obviously Harrison Ford playing him charmingly, it’s just something you can relate to, so you’re not the good, or the bad, but you’re that guy who’s just there for the fun ride, and then he’ll leave you in a second if there’s no money in that, right? It’s just recognizable in a wonderful way. I like him a lot.
Alan~ I like several characters, today, I like Obi Wan Kenobi. He was just great, you know, he was the one who could say, “These are not the droids you’re looking for” he had the force. He was magic. He was wise. I liked him. That guy’s amazing.
Was there a specific location that was challenging?
Mads ~ Yeah, all of them, basically. I mean—something funny and interesting happened though. We went to Iceland for a week, we shot there, so that was my debut on the film, and my very first scene, I’m walking and walking and I’m meeting Krennic, but after five hours of walking alone, they turn up the actors and the storm troopers, and then I realize, ‘Whoa, I’m in a Star Wars film, it’s not every day you see storm troopers
It was raining constantly. It was just pouring down. It was windy, chilly, and I was like, ‘God, we’re done here’ but it was such a beautiful place. I love Iceland. And we’re going back to the studio, but they came up with this brilliant idea that all the shots inside in the studio should be… in rain. So basically… I am wet the whole film. Those were cold and long days, but yeah. It’s worth it. It looks fantastic on film.
Alan ~ They have a sound stage where it rains… inside. Uh, it’s amazing. It looks great. My character luckily, there’s a rainy day in the spaceship everybody goes out and I go, ‘See ya!’ I’m gonna stay in here.
Both of you have starred in three recent films (Dr. Strange, Moana, and Star Wars) playing good guys. If you could play a villainous character, who would it be and why?
Mads~ I’ve done a lot of villains; I’ve also done a lot of good guys and also normal people and a butcher once… I think they go hand-in-hand. I mean, you gotta find something likable, something you can relate to in a bad guy. And, vice-versa in the good guy, you have to find his flaws, the stuff he’s struggling with, or she’s struggling with. So for me, they go hand-in-hand. But there are a lot of interesting villains out there.
Alan ~ I don’t care if they’re villain or a hero, as long as they have… humor. My favorite villain’s have humor in them, you know even if it’s evil, you know, they’re just using it to make a point that is murderous. That’s the way my mind bends, and it’s just makes for an easier connection with the character.
Mads ~You have to be a really nice person to play a good villain.
Alan ~ That’s why I had trouble…..
Check out this extended look at Rogue One: A Star Wars Story!
ROGUE ONE: A STAR WARS STORY follows a group of unlikely heroes in a time of conflict who 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. The story is by John Knoll and Gary Whitta, and the screenplay is by Chris Weitz and Tony Gilroy.
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