Vet has won Oscars for 'Star Wars,' 'Raiders'
Oscar buzz is nothing new for Ben Burtt. Burtt won his first Oscar in 1978 for his work on the original “Star Wars” — he created the creature and droid voices — and his second in 1981 for “Raiders of the Lost Ark.” He has nine nominations in total.But “Wall-E,” he says, was more challenging than any of them. He stared working on the pic three years ago, and he needed almost every minute. “On an Indiana Jones film, which is a big movie, I made about 700 new sounds,” he reports. “On ‘Star Wars,’ I made probably about 1,000 sounds per movie. ‘Wall-E’ had over 2,600 sounds, and it’s only 90 minutes long!” After 30 years in the business, Burtt is still excited to add a sound to films like “Wall-E.” “I would often drive home saying, ‘This is truly an unusual job.’ There are not many people who get to play a robot (in a film),” he says. “Nonetheless, I’ve thrived in that field and I’m thankful for that.”