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I don’t know about you guys, but I’m still loco for Star Wars: The Force Awakens. New information is being released everyday regarding how the film was made and easter eggs that director/producer J. J. Abrams put into it. For instance, shortly after the premiere of The Force Awakens it was revealed that comedian Ben Schwartz was credited in the film as a BB-8 voice consultant.
Ben Schwartz is perhaps best known for his hilarious guest starring role as Jean Ralphio Saperstein in Parks and Recreation. Jean Ralphio, long time friend and business partner of Aziz Ansari’s Tom Haverford, is basically the worst person in the Parks and Rec world. Spoiled, irresponsible, and terribly selfish, he’s basically the opposite of helpful ball droid BB-8.
This revelation has sparked our newest Star Wars obsession: mashups of Jean Ralphio’s voice in BB-8’s scenes of The Force Awakens. Watch BB-8 recount the wild events that happened in the newest Star Wars chapter.
Honestly, I’d believe that BB-8 has this ridiculous of a personality underneath his cute circles. After all, his scene with Finn where he agrees to lie to Rey showed some sass. I know that BB-8’s blowtorch was supposed to signify a thumbs up, but I originally thought it was him flipping Finn off. I would have preferred my interpretation.
Another shorter clip has BB-8 giving a one liner in his first moments of The Force Awakens trailer. Check it out.
I’m sorry but this crap is gold. I think it can be further expanded if we only had more of BB-8’s footage readily available. Perhaps R2-D2 could join in the fun voiced by Jenny Slate’s Mona Lisa Saperstein? There’s one scene in Parks where the siblings sing in harmony that I think might work perfectly for the moment when the two maps are united in The Force Awakens.
While we’ll probably never know how much of BB-8’s hilarious beeping was Ben Schwartz’s voice, I love that J.J. Abrams hired him, as well as SNL alum Bill Hader, to give the droid a personality. Indeed, they made the robot completely lovable. Watch your back R-2, BB-Ralphio is coming for you.
Corey was born and raised in New Jersey. Double majored in theater and literature during undergrad. After working in administrative theater for a year in New York, he started as the Weekend Editor at CinemaBend. He's since been able to work himself up to reviews, phoners, and press junkets-- and is now able to appear on camera with some of his famous actors... just not as he would have predicted as a kid.
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