Lego blocks and science fiction go together like…two things that go really well together. So much so that this year’s The Lego Movie was mildly disappointing for skipping over the genre almost entirely. (Sure the astronaut and the Ninja Turtle were cool, but hardly representative.) As it happens, directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller planned on bringing sci-fi and Star Wars icon R2-D2 to the multi-faceted world of The Lego Movie for a big role, but it never quite materialized.
According to Yahoo! Movies UK, who caught up with the directing duo, R2-D2 was a major player in the original drafts of the script. Miller even calls him “a Batman-level character,” comparing the blooping bot to Will Arnett’s scene-stealing self-important superhero. It’s hard to imagine what kinds of jokes the characters would have been able to tell with an unintelligible character, but the Star Wars franchise has been doing it for years, so it probably would have worked.