This Sunday, Eagles fans will have someone to root for during the Academy Awards.
You’ve probably never heard the name David Acord, but you’ve definitely seen the movies he’s worked on: “Avengers: Age of Ultron,” “The Incredibles,” “Men in Black” and “Captain America: The Winter Soldier.” His name is one of the hundreds of credits you might pass by waiting for a post-credits scene.
This year, the Skywalker Sound editor is nominated for his first Academy Award for Best Sound Editing for his work on a little film you might have heard of called “Star Wars: The Force Awakens,” which received five Oscar nominations.
“It was very exciting and surreal to find out,” Acord, who shares the nomination with fellow sound editor Matthew Wood, told Philly.com. “It is truly an honor and I can't express how grateful I am to have been recognized by the Academy.”
Acord, who is originally from Delaware but has since relocated to the Bay Area, grew up watching Philadelphia sports. His time in California hasn’t dulled his intensity for the Eagles, and he tries make it out to Lincoln Financial Field at least once a year to catch a game.
So during his work on “The Force Awakens,” when Acord was given the job of doing the sound design and voice for a character named Teedo, he saw his opportunity to sneak a couple of his favorite Eagles players into the global blockbuster.
“The language he speaks is inspired by some Thai phrases that I was trying to learn for an upcoming trip to Thailand,” Acord said. “For fun, I peppered in a few Eagles' player names and my wife's name as well. You can hear ‘Celek’ and ‘Fletcher’ (as in Cox) if you listen carefully.”
The dialogue appears early on in the move during a scene when Teedo is riding a large armored mount called a Luggabeast and trying to capture lovable droid BB-8. Rey shows up, removed BB-8 from the netting and Teedo angrily rides away.
Here is a transcript of Teedo’s lines:
(Rey hears BB-8 cry in distance)
Mahn toh wanee! (laughs)
Mahn toh wanee! (laughs again)
Celek! Soo Tai Ton!
(Rey comes over the dune and sees Teedo) Umbella Ko Chai!
Ta Ko Chee To Tai!
(Rey yells to Teedo: Tella Ma Parqua!)
Preeka! Oom Chaka Tu!
See Kah Tu!
(Rey yells again: Parqua Zoltana!)
Baaarbara Kah Chuta!
Beeda Kay, Preeya, Tuka Tana!
(Rey brandishes knife: “Noma!”)
Heeeyaa Soo! (growls)
Hup hai tah! Hup hai tah!
(Teedo begins his exit, Rey and BB-8 speak) See ho no kutek!
Skinna hakka ku tah, hakka koo!
Jub jub! (laughs)
Melle ko chuta, melle ko chuta…
Acord said he also tried to drop in “Barwin” and “Curry,” but those lines ended up on the cutting room floor.
“I was also trying to pick names that fit the alien language I was designing,” Acord said. “Unfortunately, 'Donnie Jones' doesn't exactly scream otherworldly.”
The names of Eagles players weren’t the only Easter eggs Acord was able to sneak into the film. During the scene where we see Han Solo and Chewbacca running away from a ravenous Rathtar creature, he snuck in the sound effect of the boulder chasing Indiana Jones from the iconic opening of “Raiders of the Lost Ark.”
Later in the scene, when the Rathtar is trying to eat the cockpit of the Millennium Falcon, Acord literally choked himself in front of his microphone to capture the sound.
In addition to sound effects, Acord found himself voicing a couple of storm troopers in the film, including FN-2199, who yells, “Traitor!” at Finn during the battle at Maz Kanata’s castle. He also voiced one of the kidnappers that Rey fights in the Jakuu market and the red-helmeted Sidon Ithano.
He also revealed the surprising origin of Kylo Ren’s intimidating Force rumble.
— David Acord (@DaveAcord) February 2, 2016
Acord, who is hard at work now on the Star Wars spin-off film “Rogue One,” has spend almost 20 years working on sound for TV and film. After graduating from the University of Delaware, Acord's landed his first paying film job in Philadelphia working on Monty Python alum Terry Gilliam’s “12 Monkeys.”
“I was an Art Department intern and then I landed a job working with the Special Effects department,” Acord said. “I met the production sound mixer, Jay Meagher, on that job and he hired me on their next several gigs, kicking off my film sound career.”
That long career could end up being recognized with Oscar gold on Sunday. So will he give an Eagles shout-out if he wins?
“Oh man, I hadn't thought of that, but now I am,” Acord said. “I think my mom would kill me.”