Bill Hader shares what led him to stop signing autographs in the first place Star Wars merchandise.
The Barry actor, who is credited as a voice consultant for droid BB-8 with comedian Ben Schwartz in 2015’s Star Wars: The Force AwakensJosh Horowitz told a recent episode of the Happy Sad Confused podcast that “Signatures don’t like me. I don’t sign things.”
He even remembered the moment when he decided to stop signing items for people. “I used to sign things, and then one time I saw someone and they had their kid come over to me to sign a BB-8 thing and it was three in the morning,” Hader recalled. “I left the Inside out premiere and then we went to an after party and it was super late and this guy kept his kid up all night. (He was like, ‘Go over there so he’ll sign it so I can sell it online.’”
“I was like ‘That sucks’,” he added. “And so now I’m just blanketing, like I’m not signing any of this shit.”
The Train wreck said the actor, while he thinks “it’s really sweet” that director JJ Abrams credited the BB-8 character to him, he also feels he can’t take credit for the role.
“I came in and liked doing voice stuff for it that didn’t work,” added Hater. “Then later he brought me in and said, ‘Hey, do you want to do this?’ It was like a … talk box thing and then I did. And the reason he hasn’t let me come back is because anyone can do that. … It’s like a machine that you can operate.”
He continued, “I did some voice stuff that just didn’t work, you know. … I don’t know exactly what Ben (Schwartz) did, but I just know it was my experience doing it.”