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Greg Grunberg claims that Star Wars: The Force Awakens will be "incredible"

06.22.2015

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."

Greg Grunberg spoke with Entertainment Weekly about his new dream job and, while he obviously played coy on who his character might be, he could barely contain his enthusiasm.

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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Source: EW

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7:10AM on 06/24/2015
"Hey guys, that new movie my best buddy JJ is making will be great!
And I am not just saying this because he generously casts me in most of his films despite being an underwhelming actor no one really cares about."
"Hey guys, that new movie my best buddy JJ is making will be great!
And I am not just saying this because he generously casts me in most of his films despite being an underwhelming actor no one really cares about."
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8:13AM on 06/23/2015
I'm sure the new Star Wars is going to be at least better than the prequels, but can you please stop posting whenever a good friend of the filmmaker says that filmmaker is making a good movie? They are never going to say otherwise, so it's just pointless.
I'm sure the new Star Wars is going to be at least better than the prequels, but can you please stop posting whenever a good friend of the filmmaker says that filmmaker is making a good movie? They are never going to say otherwise, so it's just pointless.
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1:17AM on 06/23/2015
Stories like this are kinda pointless, if you star in the film of course you will praise it. Have you ever heard someone say well I think this movie will suck? They usually mention it years down the road kinda like how Speilberg admitted Indiana Jones 4 sucked.
Stories like this are kinda pointless, if you star in the film of course you will praise it. Have you ever heard someone say well I think this movie will suck? They usually mention it years down the road kinda like how Speilberg admitted Indiana Jones 4 sucked.
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10:05PM on 06/22/2015

Anything good I hear about this.....

....is welcome news. Star Wars is the one franchise (even after 4 shit sequels in a row) that can make me feel like a kid again. If JJ knocks it out of the park, it's going to be the biggest film ever!
....is welcome news. Star Wars is the one franchise (even after 4 shit sequels in a row) that can make me feel like a kid again. If JJ knocks it out of the park, it's going to be the biggest film ever!
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6:16PM on 06/23/2015
"If JJ knocks it out of the park, it's going to be the biggest film ever!"

Gee, you really went out on a limb with that prediction uh lol
"If JJ knocks it out of the park, it's going to be the biggest film ever!"

Gee, you really went out on a limb with that prediction uh lol
10:01PM on 06/22/2015
He looks like a chubby Keanu Reeves
He looks like a chubby Keanu Reeves
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9:34PM on 06/22/2015
I feel bad for Mark Ruffalo
I feel bad for Mark Ruffalo
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9:19PM on 06/22/2015

Never heard of this person.

And I'm getting tired of all the fanboy hype. They've already mdd up their mind that it's incredible and awesome and great, no matter how it turns out.
And I'm getting tired of all the fanboy hype. They've already mdd up their mind that it's incredible and awesome and great, no matter how it turns out.
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9:32PM on 06/22/2015
Really? You've never heard of him? Try Heroes. He's been in some really huge movies (and some really small ones), but my favorite was Big Ass Spider. Yeah it was stupid, but he knew it and made it stupid fun.
Really? You've never heard of him? Try Heroes. He's been in some really huge movies (and some really small ones), but my favorite was Big Ass Spider. Yeah it was stupid, but he knew it and made it stupid fun.
6:25PM on 06/23/2015
I couldn't tell you his name, but he's not exactly an unknown. As Dez said, he's been around for a while, the guy gets work, and rightfully so imo I liked his role in Heroes. He was the cop who could read minds.
And while of course you wouldn't expect an actor to trash the movie he's in before it's even released, his excitement and enthusiasm seems pretty genuine! Give the guy a break, he's in a fuckin' Star Wars movie, wouldn't you be excited, telling anyone that would listen?! 😉
I couldn't tell you his name, but he's not exactly an unknown. As Dez said, he's been around for a while, the guy gets work, and rightfully so imo I liked his role in Heroes. He was the cop who could read minds.
And while of course you wouldn't expect an actor to trash the movie he's in before it's even released, his excitement and enthusiasm seems pretty genuine! Give the guy a break, he's in a fuckin' Star Wars movie, wouldn't you be excited, telling anyone that would listen?! 😉
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