[Movies] Sam Witwer Talks About Playing Darth Maul In Lego Star Wars and Clone Wars Posted by Joseph Lee on 02.19.2013
Same character, different shows...
In an interview with IGN, Sam Witwer talked about playing Darth Maul in both Star Wars: The Clone Wars and Lego Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Out. Here are highlights:
On how he got involved with LEGO Star Wars: "Lucasfilm has been extraordinarily good to me. Once they hired me for Darth Maul, that was it. I'm Darth Maul. So if you want Darth Maul and you're getting it approved, I guess I sort of have first rights to refusal or approval. This happened with the Brisk Iced Tea spot, and it happened with this -- both of which I was more than happy to do because aside from Being Human, flexing my comedic muscles was a little bit new. Until I got the Being Human role three years ago, no one had ever let me be funny. So someone said to me, 'Hey, do you want to play Darth Maul in this LEGO Star Wars movie? It's a comedic take on the character.' Of course I do. I'd seen The Padawan Menace... so I was aware of what they were doing, and I was more than happy to jump in there."
On if he's a fan of the video games: "Obviously, I played with LEGOs when I was a kid, but the Star Wars connection for me is the video games, yes. Someone said, 'Listen, pick up LEGO Star Wars.' Weirdly enough, I'd love to say, like, 'Oh, that's a kids game,' but that wasn't my reaction. I somehow got it. I was like, 'Oh, it's going to be a comedic Star Wars game. Yeah, okay, I'll check that out.' So I picked it up and just laughed the entire time I played it. They're really, really fun games. I think I have all of them."
On if he's learned anything about new Star Wars films before anyone else: "You know, a little bit. I knew that there was another Star Wars movie coming maybe eight months before everyone else did, but what I didn't know was that it was Episode VII... There have been a lot of surprises, and then also, again, information finds itself my way because I'm under NDA of the company. It's funny, because there was an audition for a very important role in an upcoming Clone Wars season, and I was suggesting some friends of mine read for the role -- and I was also reading for the role. So a friend of mine came in, and they're like, "Okay, get ready to read this." They kind of just threw him a script, and he was like, "Wait, I didn't know that I was reading for this character!" It was a well-known character. And they said, "Didn't Sam tell you?" This is my best friend, and he said, "No, he didn't." I was like, "Well of course I didn't tell him!" [Laughs] "That's your job, Dave Filoni! You're Lucasfilm, dammit! I'll send actors your way, but I'm not going to tell them why. That's your job." So because of that, information does sometimes find its way to me, and people know that it's not going to go any further -- under penalty of death."