Bill Hader And Ben Schwartz Cameo In 'Star Wars: The Force Awakens'

A surprising twist behind the voice of BB-8


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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

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According to Drew McWeeny of HitFlix, who spoke with Hader, it wasn't as random as one might think:

"JJ f**king around with this sound effects app on his iPad was attached to a talk box operated by me. It looked ridiculous but it made BB-8's voice. At first I tried doing a voice, but we all agreed it sounded too human."

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.