In a new Rogue One article posted over on Entertainment Weekly, lead creature effects supervisor Neil Scanlan talks about the inspiration behind the design of the new Mon Calamari character, Admiral Raddus. We learned Raddus’ official name early last month and now we have a few more details on development of this creature.

Be sure to also check out what EW revealed earlier about the new TIE Striker and some design details on Imperial droid K-2SO.

In Rogue One, we’ll see other military leaders from this species, including the black-hued figure above – Admiral Raddus. His inspiration was the Prime Minster of the United Kingdom during World War II. The British Bulldog himself.

“We always tried to find a real world example of who these creatures may be, and in this case we used Churchill,” says Neal Scanlan, creature effects supervisor for the Star Wars franchise. “Admiral Raddus is a very strong figure. We would use [Churchill] not only as visual reference for his physical features, but also when it came to performing him and expressing him through the actor.”

This was a common practice on the movie. “You try to look at a famous actor, or a statesperson or something like that. Someone you could use,” Scanlan said.