We’ve already shared our spoiler-free impressions of Star Wars: The Force Awakens, but without revealing any plot details, the film’s biggest twist came during the title credits. Voicing BB-8, the latest, lovable droid in the George Lucas franchise, are Bill Hader and Ben Schwartz, who each received the title ‘vocal consultant’.
Hader is well-known for his impressions, comedic stylings on Saturday Night Live, and his work on Trainwreck and The Skeleton Twins, while Schwartz is a renowned comedy writer whose role as Jean-Ralphio Saperstein in Parks and Rec is regarded as one of the show’s highlights. How, then, did this random, impromptu, and utterly brilliant partnership come together?
Ben Schwartz and BB-8
According to Drew McWeeny of HitFlix, who spoke with Hader, it wasn’t as random as one might think:
We’ve reached out to Schwartz to clarify how the two collaborated on a single droid’s voice, and to get his version of events (and how he thought his vocal chops translated on screen). Here’s hoping this starts what could be a very fruitful (and sidesplitting) continued role for the comedic duo.