Star Wars: The Force Awakens featured a big cast, and on top of having so many key main players, J.J. Abrams also added a number of cameos to the film. There was Simon Pegg as the junkboss Unkar Plutt, Daniel Craig as a Stormtrooper, Carrie Fisher‘s daughter Billie Lourd, and so many more. You’d think a guy with an especially lengthy resume like Elijah Wood could pull some strings and wedge his way in there too, right? Perhaps, but while promoting his new movie The Trust at SXSW, Wood told me he was content just visiting the set.
I can’t even remember how we got on the topic of Star Wars before discussing The Trust, but somehow a mini review of The Force Awakens lead into a breakdown of Wood’s visit to set. Check out what he told me in the video interview below and keep an eye out for my full chat with Wood on The Trust coming soon.
Wood told me he does know some of the folks working on Star Wars, but wasn’t really into the idea of pushing for a cameo:
“I’m happy to watch them, you know what I mean? I’m happy to just watch them.”
He may not be in The Force Awakens, but he did get to check out the set:
“I visited set on The Force Awakens, but they were almost finished. They were about like a week away from finishing.”
How exactly do you score a Star Wars set visit? This is how it happened for Wood:
“I was in England at the time and I threw out a request. It was difficult to get onto the set, but then it ultimately worked and I got to visit.”
From there he launched into a more detailed description of what he saw:
“A lot of the sets had been taken down, but I got to go in the Millennium Falcon, which was incredible, and I saw some sets – the Starkiller Base was still up and they had some things to shoot in there. I didn’t know what it was at the time because none of the information came out, but effectively it looked like very Death Star-esque. And walking around that set, because it was massive, you could turn corners and not see the edge of the set and it just felt like Star Wars, which is a really crazy feeling. Super magical. And being on the Falcon was hard to describe. It’s weird, it’s like in a way, I think what surprised me about it is that it felt like I’d been there before because we know it so well.”
That’s the extent of my impromptu Star Wars discussion with Wood, but look out for my full chat with him, which also includes details on his experience making The Trust and a round of “Would You Rather” coming soon. You can also browse more interviews and reviews from SXSW 2016 right here.