Daniel Mays spills about landing his part in Rogue One

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Daniel Mays scored one of many actors' dream roles when he landed a part in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story last year, and today on Channel 4's Sunday Brunch he spilled all about the not-so-glamorous reality of it all.

Like, for example, learning he'd been cast in the role of Tivik in a shopping centre car park.

Looking back on his casting, Daniel recalled: "I was out jogging and my agent phoned me up and said: 'Listen, they've offered you a part in Rogue One, do you want to do it?'"

Obviously, Daniel was thrilled, saying: "Yeah, I'm a massive Star Wars fan, as is my son Milo.

"So she said: 'Right, the director's going to phone you later today.' We were out shopping, so I sent the kids and Lou off and I was in a NCP car park and I had the iPad on the steering wheel and [writer] Tony Gilroy phoned me and we had this Skype chat."

Not exactly how you might imagine Hollywood deals being carried out, then.

The role was required to remain very hush hush, with Mays adding that the first thing Gilroy told him was that he couldn't tell anyone he was going to be in the film, where his character meets up with Diego Luna's Cassian Andor near the beginning to share some intelligence about the Empire.

"If you've seen it, the Stormtroopers rock up and it's that thing where you kind of revert to your seven-year-old self again," Daniel said, explaining that he filmed his scene in one day, and found himself living out his childhood dreams while doing so.

But he wasn't too impressed that he didn't make it to the end of the movie – just like in Line of Duty before it where his character Sergeant Danny Waldron was killed off in his first episode.

"And then, obviously I got killed off in that as well," he concluded. "I don't make it to the end of these dramas anymore. I just want someone to employ me so I can make it to the end."

Well, it's good to have a dream.

Sunday Brunch is on Channel 4 on Sundays.

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