If you’ve been dying to know more about Alan Tudyk‘s (‘Con Man‘,’Serenity’) role as the robot K-2SO in ‘Rogue One: A Star Wars Story‘ than you’ll be happy to learn that he has shared some fun details on the character! We haven’t known much about K-2SO other than that he is a reprogrammed security droid but now have learned much more.
The droid is a mixture of young and old and he blurts out anything that comes to its mind just like a child. He is also a bit rough around the edges just as some of the elderly have given up their social graces. Tudyk likens the attitude to “If you know any old people, it’s like that.”
So what kind of interaction can we expect?
He has no filter. There was an old line, it’s not in there anymore…. I don’t think I can say it… I can’t say what I want to say, but Kaytoo can say what he wants. He can say insulting things very casually if he thinks they’re true.
While many droids in the ‘Star Wars’ universe are clearly capable of emotion, how much can we expect from K-2SO?
He’s not an overly emotional guy. He’s not like C-3PO, who’s like a f—ing neurotic mess. He’s flappable. Kaytoo is much more in the unflappable category.
He might be a little emotionless but can he tell right from wrong?
He was a security droid in the Empire and they sort of enforce whatever needs to be enforced. They are imposing. He’s 7-foot-1, and follows orders pretty well. If you’re asked to be detained, he can detain you. They stand guard, and if somebody doesn’t mind them, they’ll…” Tudyk laughs. “They’ll enforce the sh– out of [people.]
That being said, K-2SO is extremely loyal. Diego Luna’s character cleared the Imperial programming from the Droid’s system allowing it to have free will. In doing so, it learned the error of its ways and now faithfully follows Cassian Andor. In fact, they’ve been friends for awhile:
They’ve been around. They’ve been together for a while, a couple years. He wants what Cassian wants. He loves Cassian, because he freed him. It’s also more paternal in that [Cassian] gave him life and took away the bonds of his programming.
That description almost sounds like a setup for a heartfelt scene where one of these two become injured, hopefully not fatally.
While we haven’t heard the droid speak in any of the previews so far we are given a hint at what Tudyk used for inspiration:
I have an English accent,” says the actor, who was born and raised in Texas. “I feel like a lot of the Imperial characters are English, and the Rebels tended to be like Han Solo, you think of the Americans. And because he was a droid, it made sense that it would be more of a proper accent.
It sounds like not only are we going to have a fun character in this ex-Imperial droid but also that K-2SO and Cassian will almost have the same kind of friendship that Han Solo and Chewy did.
Are you looking forward to Alan Tudyk playing K-2SO in ‘Rogue One: A Star Wars Story’? Do you think he would have been put to better use playing a more recognizable character or are you at least happy that a spear likely won’t be going through K-2SO and ending his life? Share your thoughts below!
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.
Source: Entertainment Weekly.
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