General Willard

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You’re safe. When we heard about Alderaan, we feared the worst.

– General Willard, A New Hope

Today we remember Eddie Byrne who died today 1981 (born 1911)

Eddie Byrne was born in Birmingham, England and played General Willard in A New Hope.

General Willard served in the Rebel Alliance and welcomed Princess Leia at the Rebel base on Yavin 4.

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Snowspeeder pilot

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Echo Base, this is Rogue Two. I’ve found them. Repeat, I’ve found them!

– Rogue Two, The Empire Strikes Back

Today we remember Christopher Malcom at his birthday (born 1946, died 2014)

Christopher Malcom was born in Aberdeen, Scotland and played Rogue Two in The Empire Strikes Back. His family moved to Canada when he was young and he grew up on a farm in British Columbia. He then returned to Great Britain at age 19 and began his acting career on stage.

Rogue Two was the call sign for Zev Senesca when he was flying a snowspeeder at Hoth. Rogue Two was killed by a blast from a AT-AT walker during the Battle of Hoth.

Rogue Two

Rogue Two

We love to hate him

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Gungans no dyin’ withouta fight. Wesa warriors. Wesa got a grand army. That’s why you no likin’ us, mesa thinks.

– Jar Jar Binks, The Phantom Menace

Today we celebrate Ahmed Best at his 43rd birthday (born 1973)

Ahmed Best was born in New York, USA and played Jar Jar Binks in The Phantom Menace, Attack of the Clones and Revenge of the Sith. He also played Achk Med-Beq in Attack of the Clones. Read more about him and what he is up to on his own webste.

George Lucas is not apologizing for Jar Jar Binks but a lot of us fans suffer the tragedy of Jar Jar Binks.

Jar Jar Binks is the Gungan from Nabbo who become a representative for his people in the galactic senate.

Achk Med-Beq is a human male patron in the Outlander Club at Coruscant. He is seen conversing with Twi’leks when Obi-Wan Kenobi and Anakin Skywalker showed up in the club.

Achk Med-Beq

Achk Med-Beq in Outlander Club

Voice and sound

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Anakin Skywalker. I expected someone with your reputation to be a little… older.

– General Grievous, Revenge of the Sith

Today we celebrate Matthew Wood at his 43rd birthday (born 1972)

Matthew Wood was born in Walnut Creek, California, USA and was the supervising sound editor for The Phantom Menace, Attack of the Clones, Revenge of the Sith, The Clone Wars TV serie and The Force Awakens. But he also played (voiced) General Grievous, Seboca, Magaloof, Bib Fortuna, Ody Mandrell and Battle Droids.

Matthew Woods has worked as sound designer for Skywalker Sound since late 1990’s. Here is an interview with him about his career with Lucasfilm.

General Grievous is a Separatist military strategist and a Jedi hunter.

Seboca is the dug riding an airspeeder on Coruscant and nearly get hit by Obi-Wan Kenobi.

Magaloofwas driving an airspeeder on Coruscant when he almost was hit by Obi-Wan Kenobi.

Bib Fortuna is Jabba the Hutts loyal servant.

Ody Mandrell is a Tatooine nativ pod racing driver. He entered the Boonta Eve Classic at the same time as Anakin Skywalker.

Battle Droids are the loyal soulless soldiers of the Separatists.

Remember the Star Wars forum

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I was not elected to watch my people suffer and die while you discuss this invasion in a committee.

– Queen Amidala, The Phantom Menace

The Star Wars Forums got new look and new features today year 2004

But there is no forum at http://www.starwars.com longer. We fans are scattered around in geographically local forum like http://www.starwars.se/forum in Sweden. Some of us hang on http://boards.theforce.net/ or is shared between the different interests like http://astromech.net/forums/index.php and http://www.501st.com/messageboards.php

Save the banthas

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There are two Banthas down there but I don’t see any … wait a second, they’re Sandpeople all right. I can see one of them now.

– Luke, A New Hope

Today is the World Elephant Day so let us remember Mardji, the elephant who played the banthas in A New Hope.

Mardji was a trained Asian elephant born 1951 and died in November 1995 at the Marine World Africa USA, in California (now Six Flags Discovery Kingdom). Mardji played the banthas in A New Hope and stod model for how the AT-AT in The Empire Strikes Backs should move. Despite that Mardji was a trained elephant, she was not comfortable underneath the bantha disguise, and often tried to remove the wardrobe as cameras rolled.

Banthas is shaggy-furred creature with long, spiralling horn. On the desert world of Tatooine are banthas used as pack animals by Tusken Raiders.

The banthas in The Phantom Menace and the ones added in Special Edition was all computer-generated.

Although Tunisia served as the planet Tatooine for majority of the film, several second unit “pick-up” shots were done in Death Valley, California. The Bantha Canyon is supposed to be found 3.7 miles south of the 190 Highway on the road to Badwater in Death Valley, California.

AT-AT walker (All Terrain Armored Transport) is a four-legged transport and combat vehicle used by the Imperial ground forces.

Mardji

Mardji

blue-elephant

He was fighting like a Sith

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Are you threatening me, Master Jedi?

– Chancellor Palpatine, Revenge of the Sith

Today we celebrate Michael Byrne at his 36th birthday (born 1979)

Michael Byrne was born in Ipswich, Australia and was the stunt double for Ian McDiarmid/Palpatine in Revenge of the Sith.

Michael Byrne came from Sydney Stage Combat Scool and was the combat assistant to Kyle Rowling (stunt double Christopher Lee).


Because I had the great good fortune to have a brilliant stunt double, he was called Michael Byrne, who did all the really serious work. I had to learn the moves, so that they could cut away and the close-ups looked convincing and so on, but all the skill really was Michael’s and not mine. 

/ Ian McDiarmid


Governor of the planet Naboo

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Negotiation? We’ve lost all Communications!
…and where are the Chancellors Ambassadors?

– Sio Bibble, The Phantom Menace

Today we celebrate Oliver Ford Davies at his 76th birthday (born 1939)

Oliver Ford Davies was born in London, England and played Sio Bibble in The Phantom Menace, Attack of the Clones and Revenge of the Sith.

Oliver Ford Davies was not available to shoot his scenes as Sio Bibble during the principal photography of Attack of the Clones in Italy. He was shooting another film during that period and was in play. Nine month later when George Lucas filmed the factory scenes in England, Oliver Ford Davies scene was shot on a bluescreen stage, and digitally inserted into the scene shot in Italy.

Sio Bibble is the governor of Naboo during the Trade Federation blockade of the planet.

One of many

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Do you know what’s going on?”

“Maybe it’s another drill.

– Stormtroopers, A New Hope

Today we remember Morgan Upton at his birthday (born 1930, died 1991)

Morgan Upton was born in Massachusetts, USA, and did the voice for stormtroopers in A New Hope. He was one of only four voice actors who did the voice for all stormtroopers in A New Hope. Morgan Upton was a former member of the improvisation group The Committee.

Stormtroopers is the elite shock troops loyal to the Empire.

The Grand Moff

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You would prefer another target, a military target? Then name the system!

– Grand Moff Tarkin, A New Hope

Today we remember Peter Cushing who died 1994 at age 81 (born 1913)

Peter Cushing was born in England, UK and played Grand Moff Tarkin in A New Hope. He is also famous for playing Van Helsing, Frankenstein, Dracula, Dr Who and Sherlock Holmes among a lot of other. Read more about Peter Cushing and his work at his official website.

Grand Moff (Wilhuff) Tarkin was an Imperial governor and a brilliant and ruthless tactician. He died when the first Death Star was destroyed.