Jyn Erso may have been Rogue One: A Star Wars Story's main character, but when it came to comic relief, K-2SO's shined above the rest. The reprogrammed Imperial droid now follows behind C-3PO, R2-D2 and BB-8 as one of the Star Wars franchise's memorable robotic characters, so it's fitting that he receive a special video showing all the work and fun that went into making him such a captivating character.
Whether you've already seen Rogue One or have yet to enjoy it in the theater, this featurette from the official Star Wars YouTube page is perfect for anyone who's enamored with K-2SO, the Imperial enforcer droid who was reprogrammed by Cassian Andor to serve the Rebellion. Alan Tudyk of Firefly fame portrayed the droid, both vocally and on camera, so just because you never see Tudyk's face in the movie (though that almost happened) doesn't mean he wasn't working hard alongside the other actors during principal photography. In fact, along with staying in character like everyone else, Tudyk also had to wear a special motion-capture suit and stilts every time on camera.
Fortunately, all that hard work paid off making K-2SO the "anti-C-3PO." Despite serving the Rebellion, K-2SO's reprogramming meant that he had a tendency to stay the first thing that popped into his mind. While most of these comments lacked tact, they also made him the source for a lot of Rogue One's humor. Some of K-2SO's funniest moments in the movie included backhanding Cassian in the face to make it look like he was still serving the Empire and expressing his lack of optimism in their odds of surviving dangerous situations. It's clear watching the video that Alan Tudyk had a lot of fun shooting Rogue One, as running around while explosions were going off made him feel like he was a kid again "playing Star Wars."
Warning: spoilers for Rogue One: A Star Wars Story are ahead!
Despite being one of Rogue One's most popular characters, like the rest of the main cast, K-2SO didn't escape the movie in one piece. After breaking into the Imperial base on Scarif with Jyn Erso and Cassian Andor to retrieve the Death Star plans, K-2SO covered his allies while they went into the data archives. Once stormtroopers broke into the area, K-2SO was gunned down, but not before he delivered final instructions on how to access the plans. He was built to serve the Empire, but he "died" a Rebel hero.
Rogue One: A Star Wars Story is now playing in theaters across the United States. Click here to read our thoughts on the movie if you haven't already.