Quiggold was a male Gabdorin pirate and the first mate of Captain Sidon Ithano’s crew in the Outer Rim in the decades after the Galactic Civil War. Assisting Ithano in the hunt for a possible lost shipment of kyber crystals meant for Count Dooku, Quiggold and the rest of the crew ended up finding a clone trooper frozen in stasis named Kix and locations to long-forgotten former Separatist bases.
He would also accompany Captain Ithano on a visit to Maz Kanata’s castle 30 years after the Battle of Endor where a fugitive First Orderdefector named Finn offered to join their crew in exchange for safe passage into the Outer Rim, away from the First Order’s reach.
How does working on Star Wars compare to all your work on other projects?
Remarkably, it was my first job after joining an agency!
How did you get involved with the Force Awakens?
The agency I joined were responsible for providing a lot of the extras and they were required to find a leg amputee. Maybe I was the only one on their books???
When you were given the role of Quiggold, were you given any info to accommodate this?
No, it was so hush-hush, being the first of the latest trilogy, as you might expect.
Can you describe your time filming the Maz’s Castle scenes?
In a word HOT! Inside the costume, on some of the hottest days of the year, was exhausting.
How long did it take to do your costumes and make-up during the filming process?
Luckily, as I was wearing my characters head, rather than make-up, I could sit in my costume until a few minutes before being called, then just pop the head on, connect the electrics and away I went. Although, once in the head, you stayed in it!
Was there much interaction between yourself and the directors, if so, what sort of things would you discuss?
Funnily enough, JJ had recently filmed an amputee at the MIT, who I knew, so we chatted about him and prosthetics for a while whilst they were rearranging the set.
What are some of your highlights filming Star Wars?
The attention to detail and professionalism of the Creature Effects Department was incredible. Everyone was nice too!
What are some of your favourite scenes from Star Wars and why?
Maz’s Castle, obviously!
Do you attend many comic conventions, if so, what does fan interaction mean to you, and do you have any appearances coming up?
Yeah, a few per year. They are good fun to so. I always amazed by the fan’s passion and enthusiasm.
What was it like working alongside John Boyega for a scene?
He was cool, except when he asked what they’d done with my leg. He asked if it was strapped up to my bum. When I said that I was an amputee he was so embarrassed. We laughed!
Are you open to doing more work for the Star Wars franchise in the future?
Have you read “The Crimson Corsair and the Lost Treasure of Count Dooku” which explores Quiggold journey working alongside Sidon Ithano, if so, what were your thoughts on the story?
Its funny to see the back story after the film.
How much time did you spend on set, and what was the atmosphere like?
Quite a few costume fittings, then 3 days on set (Pinewood & Greenham Common).
Thank you to Scott who provided me with the answers to my questions and hopefully, we will get to see him return as Quiggold in Episode IX. In the meantime stay tuned for more interviews coming soon and May the force be with you!