Some of our greatest stars have been to a galaxy far, far away. Even if they weren’t in main roles (or even visible), the great, the good and the royal have all clamoured for even just a cameo. The Star Wars filmmakers are as ruthless as the Sith, though, and famously cut Princes Harry and William’s Stormtrooper scene. Which must be some comfort to another Brit, who is almost as posh, and was turned down flat when she enquired about a part.
Emam Thompson revealed the whole sorry tale during a video segment with Mindy Kaling to promote their new film, Late Night.
She also revealed she is a huge fan of the franchise and what her (cheeky) dream role would be.
Thompson told Wired: “My agent actually said to the last people who were making the last Star Wars, I get very confused because obviously there’s so many spinoff-y things, and they said, ‘Well, ya know, she’d be really interested in being in Star Wars,’ because I actually really like Star Wars.
“And they said no. I’m not in Star Wars because they don’t want me to be in Star Wars.”
Kaling immediately jumped in and said to her co-star: “If Emma Thompson was in Star Wars… You know when the young Jedi have lost their will to live and they appear in a forest somewhere, you could be the person to teach them.”
Thompson replied: “Yes, or I could be Jabba the Hutt’s handmaiden. I’d quite like that because he’s fun. “
When Kaling immediately joked: “And you could wear the bikini,” Thompson had an even better idea: “Yes, and I could squeeze those frogs for him.”
STAR WARS ACTOR REFUSED TO SHOOT THIS FAMOUS SCENE
Thompson certainly knows her stuff, although we’d have been even more impressed if she’s casually called it a Klatooine paddy frog.
In or out of a gold bikini her career is doing just fine without Star Wars. Her latest comedy drama, Late Night, sees her play a US late night chat show host who faces falling ratings and has to accept help from Kaling’s optimistic bumbler.
LATE NIGHT IS OUT NOW IN UK CINEMAS
WATCH THE FULL INTERVIEW AT WIRED