J.J. Abrams Is "More Collaborative" Than George Lucas, Says 'Star Wars' Actor

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Anthony Daniels

Anthony Daniels — who has played C-3PO since the first installment — adds that the secrecy around 'The Force Awakens' "has been beyond ludicrous."

It isn't only journalists and fans who have been affected by the levels of mystery that Disney has shrouded over Star Wars: The Force Awakens since it was first announced. Even some of the cast members have seemingly found it a little OTT.

"The secrecy has been beyond ludicrous," claimed Anthony Daniels, who has played C-3PO in all seven films, in a wide-ranging interview with The Guardian. "For heaven’s sake, it’s a movie. When I got the script, it was typed in black on paper of the deepest red so you couldn’t photocopy it. I got a hangover just reading it."

The 69-year-old revealed that he'd found himself facing Disney's wrath over a rogue tweet he had made about the upcoming film.

"I said that I’d met so-and-so. An actor who plays a … thing in the film. A character," he said. "Immediately I received a message from Disney: 'Remove the tweet! You’re not allowed to say that!' Honestly. It’s a kind of Kremlin attitude. Look, I know perfectly well not to tell you now what I’m giving you for a Christmas present because it would spoil the surprise. And these films are all about opening the box on Christmas Day."

Daniels also threw his support behind J.J. Abrams for revitalizing the franchise after the prequels.

"George [Lucas] has changed a lot over the years, but I think he finds it slightly hard to collaborate. He made decisions that I believe might have been better discussed with other people," he said. "J.J. is more collaborative. He likes to listen."

Regarding his own iconic robotic character's place in the new film, Daniels asserted that Abrams was "too respectful" to suggest altering C-3PO's character at all.

"There was, however, some debate about a certain issue, whose outcome will become apparent in due course."

 

 

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