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Saturday, 23 February 2013

AFICIONADO CLASSIC BEHIND THE SCENES INFO PART FIVE


STAR WARS CAST MEMORIES AND NOTES FROM THE MEMORABILLIA SHOW AT THE NEC BIRMINGHAM-MARCH 29TH 2008

Compiled by Scott Weller and Ian Trussler

Jack Klaff as the doomed John D in STAR WARS.

JACK KLAFF

Respected stage and screen actor Klaff played the fight pilot John D. (as in John Doe) for two days of filming in July 1976. According to the script, the pilot he played was a veteran of many fighter missions. They (Lucas/the technicians) asked him beforehand if he was okay about being blown up in the fighter cockpit and after it happened they gave him a wet towel to put on his face to help him acclimatize whilst getting out of the set. He recalls a modest Lucas quietly thanking him for his work. Klaff was then asked by LUCASFILM to come back for some extra filming a short time later, but, at the time, he was in numerous Shakespearean theatre acting roles and wasn’t available.


Zuckuss has a sit down between bouts of bounty hunting!

CATHERINE MUNROE

Yes, the actress who played the legendary Zuckuss-she’s alive-she exists-she’s real!!!

Coming straight out of acting school, EMPIRE was one of her first film jobs and she was the best fit for the costume of Bounty Hunter Zuckuss. The mask was very heavy and attached on her almost like one of those ancient diving helmets, which was clasped onto a neck section (like her fellow alien, Bossk’s, as worn by Alan Harris). In the heavy costume, and being the only female actress to inhabit one on the set, she had a personal helper who would assist her in sitting down on a chair between takes (as can be seen in the classic black and white image). After completing her four weeks at ELSTREE (most of the time spent on the Star Destroyer Bridge-it took a long period to set up each part of her filming with the other Bounty Hunters for that brief scene), she was asked to come back for two weeks for some additional Bespin shooting and played a female Mrs. Snaggletooth (the actor playing Mister Snaggletooth is unknown to us), wearing a blue outfit, who can be seen very briefly in the final film.

She became very good friends with Chris Parsons as they were roughly the same age and both very young, "we were only kids really" was her phrase. She is still in contact with Chris Parsons and they remain friends. She recalled how tight the security was on the EMPIRE set and that, although she has some personal Polaroid shots of herself and some of the other background artists as aliens on one of the Bespin Cloud City corridors, nobody was allowed to take pictures of themselves on the actual sets.

She had done a little TV work before doing EMPIRE (including a part in the 1979 DOCTOR WHO story THE HORNS OF NIMON, playing a sacrificial victim alongside BLUE PETER presenter to be Janet Ellis). Sadly, unlike Chris Parsons, she didn’t get a chance to play any parts in RETURN OF THE JEDI.

When asked why she has been rarely seen at fan events/conventions (she has appeared at one Japanese event (which she thoroughly enjoyed and was overwhelmed by the friendliness and emotions of the fans there), and at least two signings in the UK), she explained that fans have had difficulty finding her due to her name Catherine Munroe having changed to Katy Jarrett.

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