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A Jedi must have the deepest commitment, the most serious mind. I sense much fear in you.

– Yoda, The Phantom Menace

Today we celebrate Benton Jew at his 51th birthday (born 1964)

Benton Jew was born in California, USA and was a storyboard artist for The Phantom Menace. A storyboard artist turn the director’s interpretation of the script into drawings that others can understand, so that everyone knows what the director wants. Benton Jew found inspiration for the design of Oppo Rancisis based on a picture of an old man from a Chinese calendar.
If you want to know more about Benton Jew’s work you can visit his website or follow his fansite on Facebook.

Jerome Blake was born 1956 in England. He played Oppo Rancisis, Orn Free Taa, Rune Haako, Mas Amedda and other mino characters in Episode I, The Phantom Menace. He reprised (uncredited) Mas Amedda in some additional filmed scene in London for Episode III, Revenge of the Sith.

David Bowers played Mas Amedda in Episode II, Attack of the Clones and Episode III, Revenge of the Sith since both films were shot in his native Australia.
But Jerome Blake did ADR voice over work, for same movies in London.

Stephen Stanton lend his voice to Mas Amedda in The Clone Wars, TV series.

Matt (Matthew) Rowan is an experienced stage actor and a fine stand-up comedian. He played Orn Free Taa in Episode II, Attack of the Clones and Episode III, Revenge of the Sith.

Oppo Rancisis is the shaggy-haired Jedi Master in the Jedi Council.
All footage of Oppo Rancisis was filmed during The Phantom Menace and some was reused for Attack of the Clones.

Mas Amedda served as the Vice Chancellor of the Galactic Republic during the administrations of Chancellors Valorum and Palpatine.

Orn Free Taa is a corpulent blue-skinned senator in the Republic.

Rune Haako is a cowardly Neimodian official.