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Bill Hader has no idea if he’s getting residuals for voicing BB-8 in ‘The Force Awakens’


Bill Hader AP
Bill
Hader.

AP

  • Bill Hader helped bring to life the voice of “Star
    Wars” favorite BB-8.
  • “The Force Awakens” executive J.J. Abrams had Hader
    pronounce in a speak box while he used an effects app to come up
    with the voice BB-8 uses. 
  • Hader did not do any BB-8 voice work on “The Last
    Jedi,” and

     he doesn’t know if he’s
    getting residuals for the work he did on “The Force
    Awakens.”

Bill Hader is famous for his characters while doing eight seasons
of “Saturday Night Live,” personification the friendly heading man in
“Trainwreck,” and his voice work on all from “South Park”
to “Inside Out.” 

But he also helped bring to life one of the many memorable
characters of the stream “Star Wars” trilogy: BB-8. 

It’s a prominence in his filmography Hader is bashful to discuss
because, he said, “Anybody could do what we did.”

While making “The Force Awakens,” executive J.J. Abrams called on
Hader to voice the droid (previously, Abrams had actor Ben Schwartz come in to do an
English-language dub of the droid).

“That is J.J. Abrams being a really good guy,” Hader told
Business Insider while compelling his arriving series on HBO,
“Barry” (airing Mar 25). “That’s him saying, ‘I know you like
“Star Wars,” do you wish to come and do this?'”


BB8 Jordan Strauss AP
Bill Hader helped bring to life the voice of BB-8, who
is one of the many renouned stars of the stream “Star Wars”
trilogy.

Jordan
Strauss/AP


Hader pronounced he tried to come up with a voice for BB-8, but it
wasn’t working. He left and felt he blew his possibility at being a
partial of the saga. Then the actor pronounced Abrams called him back
again, “I mean, there were billboards already out for the movie,”
pronounced Hader in describing how close it was to the film opening
when he got the second call.

This time, Hader spoke into a speak box while
Abrams messed with an effects app on his iPhone and out of that
came the basement for the BB-8 voice and it put Hader into “Star
Wars” lore.

“I mean, I’m signing BB-8 pictures now,” Hader said.

But is he getting residual checks from it? 

Hader pronounced that he did not take partial in any of the work that went
into BB-8 for “The Last Jedi,” but he does have a credit on “The
Force Awakens.” Actors accept yearly payments when cinema begin
getting sole on Blu-ray, DVD, streaming, or start to air on TV
(actors in radio series get residuals when the shows are
sole to syndication).

Will Hader get that honeyed Disney income for years to come?

“That’s a good question, we should ask my business manager,” Hader
pronounced with a laugh. “You’re anticipating out how bad we am at this. If
my father reads this he would remove his sh–. ‘You gotta know how
much f—ing income you have, you moron!'”

Processing it all for a moment, all Hader could answer was, “I
mean, we would wish so.” 

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