The gentlemen here is Dermot Mulroney, and he probably looks very familiar to you. You’ve seen him in such movies like My Best Friends Wedding and The Family Stone, and he’s popped up in TV shows like New Girl, Shamless, and Friends. Everyone knows Dermot Mulroney! But did you happen to catch Dermot Mulroney’s role in Rogue One?
No, he didn’t play a Stormtrooper, or a Rebel Soldier, or even a droid. Actually, you don’t even see him in the movie. But, he’s there, all around you, and you can hear him. That’s because Dermot was actually in the Rogue One orchestra.
Yes, Michael from My Best Friends Wedding helped perform the score for Rogue One. And Jurassic World. And Mission: Impossible. Also, Stark Trek.
You see, Dermot is a classically trained cello player, and happened to run into composer Michael Giacchino at the premiere of The Family Stone all the way back in 2005 (A movie Dermot starred in, and Giacchino scored). The two got to talking, and Dermot told Giacchino that he played the cello, and then dared Giacchino to let him sit in while he recorded the music for a movie. Giacchino agreed to let him join, and well, the rest is history.
Fast forward 11 years, and now Giacchino is set to score Rogue One, and Dermot is sitting in the orchestra for the first ever stand-alone Star Wars movie – and that’s not all. According to the Los Angeles Times, Dermot has played the cello for “nearly” every movie Giacchino has scored since his first time sitting in, for Mission: Impossible 3.
And well well well, look where he is now. Actor by day, Star Wars musician by night.