Wednesday, December 25, 2013

A Star Wars Christmas Bonanza

Star Wars Trivia:

 

George Lucas had planned the character of Han Solo to be a huge green-skinned monster with no nose and gills. Then Lucas changed the idea of Han Solo to a black human. He auditioned several black actors and even musicians (including Billy Dee Williams) until finally settling on Glynn Turman. But after this he decided to make the role white. Kurt Russell, Nick Nolte, Christopher Walken, Jack Nicholson, Al Pacino, Chevy Chase, Steve Martin, Bill Murray, Robert Englund, Sylvester Stallone, John Travolta and Perry King were all candidates for the role of Han Solo. George Lucas also wanted to stay away from any actors he had previously used in his films. James Caan, Jack Nicholson, Robert De Niro and Burt Reynolds turned down the role. Harrison Ford (who had played Bob Falfa in Lucas's American Graffiti) read the part of Han Solo for screen tests of other characters but wasn't originally considered for the part. During these tests Lucas realized Ford was perfect for the role.

Due to the limited budget the American cast members and crew (including George Lucas) all decided to fly coach class to England, rather than first class. When Carrie Fisher's mother Debbie Reynolds heard about this she called Lucas, complaining about how insulting it was for her daughter to be flying coach. Fisher was in the room with Lucas when he took the call, and after a few minutes asked if she could talk to her mother. When Lucas handed her the phone she simply said, "Mother, I want to fly coach, will you f**k off?!" and hung up. 


More at Star Wars: Episode IV A New Hope 

Looks like Wormie's caught too much sun.

They all exit the station and climb to the platform that surrounds the generator room. They all begin to survey the sky. Biggs soon decides that there is nothing really to see. Camie grabs the binoculars from Luke to see for herself. Luke protests and Fixer attempts to start to protect her. While Camie scans the sky Biggs gives Luke some advice.
 
Star Wars - The Missing Pieces
 


 He left his mother at a tender age to join the Jedi only to seek her out as a teen, he finds her after she was captured by Sandpeople hen she dies in his arms. He got a little upset and went on a killing spree. He always thought that his fellow Jedi were holding him back so he turned to the dark side and slaughters his comrades, kills his own wife and tries to barbecue his best friend and mentor only to end up becoming a half-machine half-man monster with a bad Asthma problem.

Darth Vader Had Emotional Problems ...... Ya Think?
















Mark Hamill Talks About His Experience Making Star Wars

There are things that don’t satisfy the audience about Luke – I’m too na├»ve, too straight forward, too earnest. All those things are complicated by Harrison Ford’s character, who is cynical, or Carrie Fisher’s character, who is very aggressive and sure of herself.  Every creature in the story line has such a recognizable human quality. The kids, of  course, respond to the Wookie because he’s big and furry and scary, but also he’s more scared than they are. That they love!
 

Mark Hamill - 1978 Star Wars Press Conference  

 Carrie Fisher – Lunch With Monsters At A Chinese Restaurant

In STAR WARS, Carrie Fisher has a film role that measures up to her fantasy life. She portrays the beautiful Princess Leia, a senator from the plant Alderaan and a rebel-leader working secretly for freedom and justice against the oppressive, evil Galactic Empire.

“When I made my first film, SHAMPOO, my scene was shot in Beverly Hills, which is where I grew up. I wore this little tennis outfit, which was something I might wear in real life. It wasn’t at all what I expected making movies would be,”  Carrie Fisher said. “I grew up watching movies  and they always seemed like adult recess. And that’s exactly what making STAR WARS turned out to be – a kind of adult recess.
I got to go to lunch with outerspace monsters at a Chinese restaurant.”










I Thought I Would Find You Holding Vader's Leash 

“The horror movies give so much pleasure. And that’s what filmmaking is all about, isn’t it? That’s why I wanted to do STAR WARS. It’s a fantasy. People can experience emotions watching STAR WARS that they can’t experience in their ordinary lives,” Cushing said.

“Certainly I want to do other things than Horror films and play villains. I enjoyed playing in Laurence Olivier’s production of HAMLET. But I hope there are Dracula and Frankenstein films I can play in a wheelchair when I get old. Give up playing Van Helsing in DRACULA? Over my dead body.”

 
Peter Cushing – The Good Man Behind Evil Characters  

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