The actor is featured on the film's soundtrack as the 11th chair in the cello section.

By Rachel DeSantis
December 21, 2016 at 11:48 AM EST
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You know him best as an actor, but Dermot Mulroney has a surprising hidden talent that (sort of) scored him a role in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story: he’s an accomplished cellist.

“Obviously, I knew about orchestras, I knew how to play in one, I knew about scoring orchestras,” he told the Times. “But then when I start doing it, it really became a different perspective for me and such a source of pride — but pride related to the fact that I’m included in an exclusive group of musicians…really just towering talent. I’m more of a journeyman player.”

Mulroney’s journey with the instrument began as a child, and he won solo competitions as a teenager and performed in a college orchestra at Northwestern University. He put the cello down after graduating, save for some time in a band, but when he met Giacchino in 2005, he challenged the composer to hire him for his next movie scoring session.

Fans of Mulroney’s have seen his musical prowess before, in roles like 1991’s Samantha, and his recent guest spot on Amazon’s Mozart in the Jungle, where he played his music on screen.

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