Greg Grunberg claims that Star Wars: The Force Awakens will be "incredible"
There are definite advantages to having one of the biggest directors in the game as your longtime friend; when that friend lands the gig of directing STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS, there's a very good chance you'll get to appear in the film. Lucky bastard. J.J. Abrams's good friend and frequent collaborator Greg Grunberg will of course be appearing in J.J.'s new film which he called "an absolute dream come true."
I have been such a fan of all the actors and everything about Star Wars. … Some people may not have loved some of the movies, but it’s a whole world you can’t deny how super compelling and awesome it is, and I can’t believe I’m part of it. Like there were moments when J.J. would yell, ‘Cut’,’ and then come over to me and go, ‘Are you f–king kidding me? Did that just happen? Did I just pan from C-3PO to R2-D2 to Han Solo and then to you?’ I spent seven weeks in London and it was heaven. And it’s crazy cause usually I’m the first person that J.J. calls to bounce ideas off. This one is so top secret, and so on lockdown, that all I can do is ask him, ‘How’s it going?’ and he’s like, ‘Oh, I’m really happy.’ So I know if he’s happy it’s just gonna be incredible.
When you combine STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS with J.J. Abrams, it's only natural that secrecy will be of paramount importance; even the big actors weren't entirely safe from J.J. Abrams mystery box as Greg Grunberg described how the security surrounding the script affected the actors:
We got our script pages, only the scenes that we were in. Not even what was being shot that day! It was all on red paper so we couldn’t copy it or take a picture of it. And then we had to give the script pages back at the end of the day. And we didn’t get them the day before to take them home and learn them—Carrie Fisher and I were talking about it several times, like, “This is crazy! An actor does not get to prepare on this movie.” But I think at the end of the day it plays into what J.J. has always talked about which is that the theater is a mystery box.
Greg Grunberg, who said that he watched the trailer twenty times as soon as it came out, hasn't been able to read the full script but he has grown more and more excited about every little bit he's seen thus far:
Everything I see I get more excited about. Everything looks like a poster. Every shot I’ve seen I’m like, “That’s a poster! That’s such an iconic image.” It’s really being done the right way. So I think it’s gonna be incredibly satisfying. To see this world re-created with such attention to detail to everything everybody loved about the original films, it’s just special. Disney is so brilliant to have done what they did, with all the other films they’re doing on individual characters, really squeezing this franchise in a really good creative way.
Those looking for the possible identity of Greg Grunberg's character can check out this slightly spoiler'y post from last week, or you can wait STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS opens on December 18, 2015 to find out.
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