If you stuck around to watch the credits at the end of “Star Wars: The Force Awakens,” you might’ve been surprised to see that “Saturday Night Live” alum Bill Hader was listed as the voice consultant for adorable droid BB-8.
But even though Hader gave BB-8 his somewhat limited vocabulary of bleeps and bloops, did you wonder how the little guy actually worked? Was there a person inside his round lower body, the way diminutive Kenny Baker was stuffed inside fellow droid R2-D2? Is he powered by magnets, accelerometers and gyroscopes? Or is the explanation much, much simpler?
According to a picture posted by an Imgur user named MeanwhileBackOnEarth (appropriately enough), BB-8 could just be a cat running around inside a ball.
Oh sure, maybe under BB-8’s scuffed orange and white paint job there is a cat, leaving deep indentations in the sands of Jakku — but probably not, for one specific reason.
“This is not true,” one astute Imgur commenter wrote. “BB-8 was all too cooperative with humans to be a cat.”
So we’ll just assume that BB-8 is powered by a sophisticated gyroscope — and by Bill Hader, curled into a tight ball.