Star Wars: The Force Awakens is a feast for the ears as much as for the eyes, with laser blasters firing and and lightsabers humming against the backdrop of John Williams' score. A major part of the film's audio equation — and perhaps an underrated one — is the group of people credited as performing "additional voices," voice actors who provide throwaway lines like battle dialogue that are nonetheless vital to the movie's soundscape.
Now we know exactly who said what, at least in most cases, thanks to a nearly full accounting from Matthew Wood, the supervising sound editor for The Force Awakens. In a post on the official Star Wars website yesterday, Wood provided a list, in chronological order, of the lines and the actors who said them.
Many of the people have experience as voice actors in other parts of the Star Wars franchise, whether it's video games like Star Wars Battlefront (David Collins) or television shows such as Star Wars Rebels (Dee Bradley Baker) and Star Wars: The Clone Wars (Catherine Taber, Tom Kane). Others are behind-the-scenes audio technicians, like Skywalker Sound veterans David Acord — who shouted "traitor!" at Finn — and the aforementioned Wood.
But a few of the lines came from surprise guests, or were surprises themselves. Star Wars super fan Kevin Smith, the director behind films such as the Clerks series and Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back, voiced a stormtrooper during the First Order's attack on the forest planet Takodana. Nigel Godrich, Radiohead's longtime record producer, also played a stormtrooper; his was one of the soldiers on Starkiller Base.
And video game fans will appreciate sound designer Robert Stambler, who uttered a single name as the "Red-Eyed Sand Alien" watching BB-8 roll away during the attack on Jakku that opens the film: "Kojima." Hideo Kojima, who left Konami last month to start a new Kojima Productions, has hung out with The Force Awakens director J.J. Abrams on a few occasions, such as this:
Visited JJ to directly inform MGSV TPP completion, who have been supporting me for a long time. pic.twitter.com/HYlKVDlzDw— HIDEO_KOJIMA (@HIDEO_KOJIMA_EN) August 29, 2015
Wood's list did leave some cameos unnamed, including a stormtrooper that was reportedly played by a certain suave British actor.