Daniel Craig Has Harsh Words Over His Star Wars Cameo

Daniel Craig says playing a stormtrooper in The Force Awakens was a lot more physically demanding than he expected.

By Mark McKee | Updated

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Daniel Craig as a stormtrooper, and Daisy Ridley, in The Force Awakens (2015)

Daniel Craig, like just about every actor out there, has had to endure some rough discomfort for his various roles. But apparently what Daniel Craig had to endure for his Star Wars cameo was just a little too much for the former James Bond actor. He was so uncomfortable dressed as a stormtrooper, the Knives Out star told the Happy Sad Confused podcast (via ComicBook.com), that by the end of his single day of shooting he couldn’t feel his hands.  

Daniel Craig spoke about how he was working with Ben Dixon, assistant director on Star Wars and his fourth Bond film, Spectre, when he casually asked him for a part in the new Star Wars project. What came about was a famous cameo where the actor suited up in a stormtrooper uniform and succumbed to the force mind control of Rey (Daisy Ridley). 

“The next day, I was in a f–king stormtrooper suit. I had to wear the thing all day and I couldn’t feel my hands by the end of the day. These poor people have to wear them in the desert, I wouldn’t have done it if I had to go to Tunisia.”

-Daniel Craig on his experience playing a stormtrooper in The Force Awakens

According to the Glass Onion actor, he was looking to be the kind of cameo reminiscent of the stormtrooper in Star Wars: A New Hope, who hit his head on the door and became a cultural laughing point. What he got instead was to be stuffed in a uniform and put through a whole scene where he couldn’t feel his hands by the end of the shoot. Daniel Craig did reveal that he tried to get a role in the next Star Wars film with Rian Johnson at the helm but didn’t have any luck. 

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Daniel Craig in Knives Out (2019)

That didn’t stop Daniel Craig from working with Star Wars director Rian Johnson as he landed the role of Benoit Blanc in Johnson’s Knives Out and its sequel Glass Onion. The role was very different from his James Bond role; from broody British spy to southern gentleman private eye, the change being something he welcomed to get away from the physical demand of the Bond role.

We’re seeing a new version of Daniel Craig than he was when he cameoed in Star Wars, as he has transitioned from someone who seemed broody and serious in every role to someone who is having legitimate fun. From Benoit Blanc to his Taika Waititi-directed Belvedere Vodka advertisement, he has definitely shed his British spy persona, and we’re excited to see what he does next. Having said that, Daniel Craig would be a great addition to any future Star Wars project, maybe even as the lead stormtrooper in some project to provide a fun throwback to his infamous cameo.