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Domhnall Gleeson feared playing General Hux in Star Wars: ‘I was concerned about the effect it’d have on my life’

Domhnall Gleeson almost turned down Star Wars as he feared it'd change his life
Actor Domhnall Gleeson initially feared the franchise (Picture: Corbis via Getty Images)

Rising Star Wars: The Last Jedi actor Domnhnall Gleeson plays General Hux in the forthcoming film, but almost didn’t take the role on due to concerns about constraints on his personal life.

The actor, who is 34 and made a brief appearance in Harry Potter as Bill Weasley, has a relatively quiet profile compared to his fellow co-stars, who include Daisy Ridley, Mark Hamill and the late Carrie Fisher.

Domhnall Gleeson almost turned down Star Wars as he feared it'd change his life
Domhnall as General Hux in the movie (Picture: Disney/LucasFilm)

‘I was concerned about the effect it would have on my life,’ the star explained ahead of the film’s general release in cinemas 14 December.

The actor, who was speaking on BBC’s The One Show, described how Potter gave him a brief glimpse of stardom which would only intensify under the watchful glare of Star Wars fans.

The role may have appeared too much, but Domhnall was eventually convinced by director Rian Johnson’s script.

‘I read it [the film’s script] and it was really good, so I decided not to care anymore’.

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Domhnall’s General Hux, who was first introduced in 2015’s The Force Awakens, is a commander locked in a power struggle with Kylo Ren to gain leadership of the First Order in the forthcoming installation.

British Star Wars actress Daisy Ridley also feared taking on the franchise, but sought advice about how to cope with fame from Carrie Fisher.

The Irish actor might have turned to acting royalty Carrie for advice too – he described Carrie as ‘so distinctly herself’ in an exclusive chat with Metro.co.uk.

‘Everyone has their own personal experience with Carrie…I miss her,’ he revealed.

Star Wars: The Last Jedi is released in cinemas on 14 December.

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