One of Black Panther‘s biggest reveals came months after the movie hit theaters with the discovery that The Daily Show host Trevor Noah had a huge part in the film. As we wrote in May, the film’s credits reveal that Noah, who is from South Africa, voiced Shuri’s computer system, Griot. Noah had never spoken publicly about his role in the film until his Wednesday (June 20) appearance on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert.
As reported by Entertainment Weekly, Noah described the casting process in a series of jokes because, like Colbert, even though Noah is in the political sphere, he is a comedian first and foremost.
First, he joked, “Ryan Coogler approached me and was like, ‘Do you want to be the star of this movie? and I said, ‘No, no, no, I’ve got the Daily Show, and he said, ‘OK, I’ll get Chadwick Boseman. Do you want to do the whole thing that Michael B. Jordan does?’ And I was like, ‘his six-pack, my six-pack, too many six-packs.'”
As Griot, Noah is not just the voice of the ship that Everett K. Ross (Martin Freeman) pilots.
“I’m like, ‘I will be the voice of the computer in the background, the computer that runs everything’ — every spaceship you see is me,” he said. Of course, as Noah embellishes, he’s not just doing the voice –“People just think I did the lines there, but I’m everything. I’m the ship, as well. They got me in to play the ship.”
Watch a clip from the film below: