It takes a particular kind of person to break a performance out of the constrictions of special effects makeup—to project a character’s personality through physicality. “What struck me straight away was the fact that I was not able to use facial expressions with Ki-Adi-Mundi because the prosthetic didn’t move like my skin. So then immediately I was thinking ‘Okay, I have to translate what I’m doing through physicality.’ It’s really about how you are in space, how your body is in space. That is a much more theatrical way of working than a filmic one,” Carson said.
“Physically being on set, I enjoyed doing Ki-Adi-Mundi much more because it was comfortable. But with Nute Gunray, it was a less comfortable experience … it was very hard to be in those heads. We could only actually be in those things for about 20 minutes, half an hour tops because it was so hot and sweaty and caused claustrophobia from breathing your own air. It was really uncomfortable, and that interrupted the flow of the performance,” Carson explained.