Sunday, 8 January 2017
'STAR WARS AT 40': "THERE GOES ANOTHER ONE!"
In one of the laser cannon sections of the Star Destroyer Devastator, two Imperial gunning officers witness the departure of the droids escape pod and do nothing about it- after all, why waste energy weapons firepower on a short circuited pod with no lifeforms aboard...
How stupid they were! I hope Vader never found out about this!
The two officers were played on one of the last day's of filming- mostly pick ups across three units - at Elstree for STAR WARS on July 16th, 1976. The set was a hastily built one for the two actors John Forgeham ("There goes another one") and John Wreford ("Hold your fire") to work on, against a blue screen. Forgeham, a noted British character actor, was happy to to do one day's film work at the last minute, and enjoy the afternoon at the studio's popular bar. No still images of the actors together in filming, nor the small set, seem to exist- by this time the movie's stills photographers had likely departed the project for new assignments, and, with the rush to get things finished that day across several stages, I don't think taking images was on the production team's mind, either.
Sad news from March 2017: Death of Footballers Wives' actor John Forgeham 'shock to all' - BBC News