Domhnall Gleeson can’t say much about Star Wars Episode VII, but the website ComingSoon.net did get the low down on some issues of great concern to fans everywhere… Such as the quality of the catering on set, hiding his costume from prying eyes, shin guards, and snipers.
ComingSoon.net: You and I are both aware of the secrecy behind a project like “Star Wars: Episode VII.”
Domnhall Gleeson: Yeah.
CS: I’m not going to ask you questions that will disrespect the NDA that you signed but will hopefully still give us insight into the film: How is the food on the “Star Wars” set?
Gleeson: Excellent. Excellent food. Really really good. You can go really healthy and it’ll still be tasty.
CS: What’s an example of a dish?
Gleeson: Something like quinoa with chicken and stuff, but your whole meal will only be 500 calories, but it’ll be really tasty and there won’t be any crazy sauce or anything like that, but it’s just really well seasoned and delicious.
CS: Good craft service?
Gleeson: Is craft service the thing you go to for snacks and stuff? I don’t really do snacks, but I’ve seen people walking around with ice creams.
Gleeson: Maybe, I don’t know what that is.
CS: Does everyone on set wear special shin guards now?
Gleeson: Shin guards?
CS: Because of what happened to Harrison?
Gleeson: (laughs) No comment. When you walk from your trailer to the set – you’re in Pinewood Studios – you have to put on a big, black cloak thing to cover all of your clothes, like full length, ’cause they’re worried about people seeing costumes and stuff. It’s crazy.
CS: So far it’s worked pretty well.
Gleeson: There’s a guy in that window out there with a sniper rifle trained on you and another one that’s trained on me right now and they can hear every word we’re saying, and if you ask a question that disrespects the NDA there’s just going to be a *poof*.
CS: The pink mist.
Gleeson laughs off the idea of becoming an action figure and even questions how much he’ll be recognized on the street for his role in Star Wars. He points out that his father, the actor Brendan Gleeson, isn’t usually recognized for his work on Harry Potter (in which played Alastor ‘Mad Eye’ Moody), but rather for his work in the films The Guard or In Bruges. He also says that he hasn’t received much advice from outsiders regarding Star Wars because no one knows exactly what he’s doing in the movie – but, obviously, J.J. Abrams has been very helpful in that regard.
Star Wars Episode VII is currently filming at Pinewood Studios in London and is scheduled to be released on December 18, 2015.
In the meantime, Domhnall Gleeson can be seen in the movie Frank which is due in select theaters on August 15th.