Vader is here, now…

prowseIt has been confirmed that the latest Star Wars spin off film will center around Han Solo.  It was announce a week or so ago.  Apparently although not a major role, our favorite Sith Lord, Darth Vader will be making an appearance.

They can certainly pull off the voice of Vader because James Earl Jones is still doing Vader voiceover’s (Star Wars Rebels animated series).  The question is, who will play the character?  Who dons the helmet one more time?

Mr. David Prowse, if you are listening, here’s your chance.  You got shut out of reprising your role as Vader in Revenge of the Sith, because appatently George didn’t want you.  Now that George (Lucas) has sold Lucasfilm to Disney, it’s Disney’s call as to who wears the black armour.

I think Dave deserves a shot at it because then, as Vader would say, “The circle is now complete”…all the other principal actors reprised their original roles in Star Wars Episode VII…it’s time to give Vader back to the man who brought him to life.

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Penniless Prowse?

I just read an article that outlined the paycheques that some of the actors from the original Trilogy received for being in the films.

Surprisingly I found out that Dave Prowse, who played the role of Darth Vader in A New Hope, The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi, wasn’t even paid at all! This was allegedly due to due to “extremely ‘creative’ Hollywood accounting”.  This means he got letters from Lucasfilm stating that the movies never made any money and therefore they had nothing for him.

prowseNow, I’m not one to normally comment on these types of articles, but I have to say this…Bullshit!  I simply don’t believe that Dave Prowse was dumb enough to suit up for all three films and not get paid.  After A New Hope was filmed, you have to believe that in order for him to reprise his role, he would have put his foot down and simply stated that he’s not working for free.

Okay, yes they could have threatened to replace him, but I’m certain that by now he would have said something to the media regarding not being paid.  Interestingly enough he doesn’t even mention it on his official website either.

Personally, Dave, I would have done it for free, but then that’s just an extreme fan talking.  I hope you did get paid though! May the Force be with You!

If I’d have known then what I know now, part 2

To add to my previous post about how dumb I had been at one point.  Note: take heed…I was only dumb for a brief period. This was most likely due to my blonde hair.

I was going through some of my existing collectibles and had realized something that had also made me quite mad.  Back in the hey days of Star Wars, I recall masks/helmets being a particularly cool Star Wars item to have and to hold.

Lord of the Sith Darth VaderAt one point there was only one “authorized” manufacturer of Star Wars helmets and masks, a company called Don Post Studios.  Around the year 1982, I remember buying a Darth Vader helmet for $65. (that was a lot of money back in the day!).  It was a simple two piece helmet made out of plastic that fit together using velcro. To this day, those first run helmets are worth a considerable amount of money if still in their original condition.

If I recall that was the year I got my first set of contact lenses: the go ahead to get the helmet…otherwise I couldn’t wear it as I wouldn’t have been able to see a thing (now I know how Luke Skywalker felt when he donned a Stormtrooper helmet).

Sadly, I ruined it.  That is to say the value of it in today’s market.  I was attending a halloween party in my full blown homemade Darth Vader costume.  Unfortunately I didn’t realize that without taking off the helmet, I couldn’t drink!  In a fit of insanity (or maybe too many beers and overheating) I decided to make a hole in the ‘chin’ of the mask…small enough for a straw to fit through.  Big mistake.  That dropped the value of the mask to nearly zilch.  Having realized this I sold it to a friend around 12 years later for around $25.

The Force sure wasn’t with me on that one…another collectible I wish I had never parted with.

One of the best Star Wars Novels ever written?

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Dark Horse Comics had a graphic version- this cover shows the massive creatures called Yuzzem

I was digging through my collectibles and came across my copy of Splinter of the Mind’s Eye by Alan Dean Foster.  Unfortunately, again I had thrown the original out after assuming the Star Wars era had ended (I almost gave up around 1987) and ended up buying another copy many years later.  This was the first novelization of Star Wars and was actually written as a sequel to Episode IV: A New Hope.

I won’t get into a lot of details but suffice it to say that this was a remarkable story.  Considering I had read it before Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back, I was convinced that this was going to be the next film version of Star Wars.  It would have been way cool, but George had other plans for a sequel.

If you haven’t read Splinter of the Mind’s Eye, you have missed a very cool novel that could have changed the story of Star Wars as we know it today.  Read more about the book’s background here http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Splinter_of_the_Mind%27s_Eye