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Riz Ahmed, probably best known these days for his breakout role in HBO’s The Night Of, has talked before about how desperate he was to be cast in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, but until now we just assumed he was exaggerating.

The British actor and rapper eventually starred as former Imperial pilot and rebel Bodhi Rook, but back in December he told Jimmy Fallon he nearly screwed up the audition altogether:

Ouch. Yeah, that doesn’t sound good.

It turns out Riz wasn’t joking either when he said he bombarded director Gareth Edwards with different takes on the character. A new behind-the-scenes featurette released yesterday (April 5) explores the process with which Riz “became” Bodhi.

So, should we expect a method approach? Did he spend weeks shadowing airline workers to understand the rigors of being an Imperial cargo pilot? Or did it show him spending hours in the makeup chair?

Nope. It features those exact same audition clips Riz was talking about, as he tries out different styles, different voices and even different props to bring Bodhi to life.

You can watch Riz do his thing in the below:

Aww, bless.

Luckily the Star Wars team must have seen something in those tapes and cast Riz despite his, uh, tenacity.

Do you think they made a good choice?

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By Kat Sommers
Kat is a freelance writer for Anglophenia.