11:44am PT by Graeme McMillan
Daniel Craig on 'Star Wars' Cameo Rumors: "Why Would I Ever Bother Doing Something Like That?"
Potentially bad news for those who hoped to see Daniel Craig in Star Wars: The Force Awakens after Simon Pegg "accidentally" told British newspapers that the James Bond actor would play a Stormtrooper in the new movie: Craig has responded to the idea with one word: "Pffft."
He actually offered more than one word, but the others weren't any more forgiving to the notion. "Why would I ever bother doing something like that?" he asked Entertainment Weekly when the rumor was brought up. "F—ing hell! Pffft. Play an extra in another movie?"
Interestingly enough, Craig then went on to tell EW to "talk to Simon Pegg. He obviously knows way more than I do," before adding, "He's just jealous because he's not in Star Wars. He's got some issue with [Star Wars director J.J. Abrams] I don't know what the f— it is. You need to talk to Simon about it."
Of course, we know from behind the scenes footage unveiled at Comic-Con that Pegg is in the new Star Wars movie. Is Craig mistaken or joking — and if it's the latter, does that mean that he's also joking about his disdain for the idea of a Star Wars cameo? It's worth noting, after all, that he doesn't actually deny that he's in the movie ...
Star Wars: The Force Awakens opens Dec. 18.