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Why wasn't 'Star Wars' sound legend a part of 'The Last Jedi?'

* SW-award.jpgBen Burtt, Jr. is the genius behind R2-D2's voice, lightsaber sounds and countless audio effects for a galaxy far, far away. So why wasn't he part of "Star Wars: The Last Jedi?" A new documentary explores the sound design behind the latest "Star Wars" movie, but Burtt is noticeably absent. A trailer for "The Force of Sound," premiering Tuesday on ABC News, only shows archival footage of him from the 1970s.

Burtt, who grew up in Jamesville and graduated from Nottingham High School in 1966, worked on the sound for every "Star Wars" movie, from the 1977 original ("Episode IV - A New Hope") to J.J. Abrams' 2015 film "The Force Awakens." He's been nominated for 10 Academy Awards in his career, winning four Oscars -- including two special achievement awards.

26th February 2018

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