T.J. Miller talks about his character on the Steven Spielberg adaptation of READY PLAYER ONE, and he’s basically a bad guy.
During his promo of The Emoji Movie, T.J. Miller spoke to Fandango about his role in the movie adaptation of Ernest Cline’s Ready Player One, which is being directed by Steven Spielberg. He’ll be playing a character that was actually in the books, but only in a few scenes. Apparently, it seems they might’ve expanded that character’s role as a little more prevalent in the movie, as T.J. states that it was a role that they created for him.
“I’m not in the book. Some plot points are different, but I’m the only new character. I play i-R0k and basically I am a funny, or at least mildly amusing, Boba Fett. In the OASIS, I am a better player than Aech or Daito or any of those guys. I am sort of unequivocally the best bounty hunter, but I work freelance. While all the Sixers work for IOI and Sorrento, he has to commission me and I get an incredibly high fee to either find people and kill them or make them starve in the game.
“My character in the movie wants to be Boba Fett. Like that’s his hero, his idol, which isn’t far off for many Star Wars fans, myself included.”
So, he’ll be playing i-R0k, and if you recall in the books, he was a total jerk, but wasn’t one of the major characters. But, Spielberg wanted Miller’s comedy style in the movie after watching him in Office Christmas Party.
“It’s a great holiday movie and a great hangover movie to turn on television and just start watching. So once the dailies started coming in for Office Christmas Party it was almost like he was like, ‘Bring him to me!’ He’s the king of Hollywood, so he can say ‘Bring him to me! I want to see him in person and work with him and see for myself if he’s the real deal.’
“So, he brought me to England and they wrote this part.”
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