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Saturday, 11 May 2013

AFICIONADO CLASSIC BEHIND THE SCENES INFO - PART FIFTEEN

Yak Face (Sean Crawford) and Ree-Yees (Richard Bonehill) have an argument inside Jabba's Sail Barge, in a deleted scene moment from RETURN OF THE JEDI.

THE UK MEMORABILLIA SHOW- MARCH 2010

 By Ian Trussler

I had the pleasure of going to the UK MEMORABILLIA event at Birmingham on the 27thMarch 2010- they had a pretty good array of SW guests, all of whom I spoke to- some I had met before but some I hadn't.

Here's a run down of info and news gathered...

RICHARD BONEHILL (NUMEROUS SUPPORT PARTS-REBELS, IMPERIALS AND ALIENS- THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK and RETURN OF THE JEDI)

Richard was 30 when he worked on EMPIRE (of which he did 3 weeks on, and 6 weeks on JEDI (he never worked on the first movie)). All his work was studio stuff, and he didn't go on location for either film. He got the job on EMPIRE simply by virtue of being of average height and weight and able to fit multiple costumes. An added bonus was that he didn't have a problem doing masked/helmeted roles which some extras couldn't handle because of either the heat or claustrophobia. As well as playing a Snowtrooper, he was a Rebel Base soldier in the Hoth Base. He recalled an amusing story of how because he mentioned he had worked with horses before, he was asked to be a Tauntaun handler in one scene, as they felt his horse experience would help, bearing in mind that the Taun was not a real animal but a static prop- exactly how would his experience help??!! Richard had two fairly well known BTS photo's of himself in his Hoth Rebel outfit, taken outside the soundstage at ELSTREE and of him in his Snowtrooper outfit holding the helmet at his side, taken inside a dressing room at the studio. At the time, with high security, he knew that if he was caught taking the pics or later found out, it was a sackable offence, so he was always worried he would be found out. After working on EMPIRE, he then already knew some of the assistant directors on JEDI and that was how he managed to get asked back, he did an array of roles in the final Classic Trilogy film: Ree Yees most prominently, Stormtrooper, Nien Numb in the Rebel Briefing room and Mosep. He has previously attended a CELEBRATION event but as yet has not been asked to attend C5. He tries not to do too many shows as he feels it becomes boring for the fans when the same old faces constantly show up, so he is quite selective on when he appears.
Han asks the Deck Officer (Norman Chancer) about Luke's whereabouts in EMPIRE.

NORMAN CHANCER (REBEL DECK OFFICER AT ECHO BASE- THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK)

This was Norman’s second ever show following his first ever, two weeks ago in Germany. Normanis originally from up state New York and still retains his American accent. In 1962 he met and subsequently married a British actress and moved permanently to the UK. He spent just 6 days working on EMPIRE and admitted he was amazed he stayed that long. He said his scene with Harrisoncould basically have been done in a couple of hours but got dragged out. He commented on how Irvin Kershner saw him on set one day and quipped to him, "Are you still here?" thinking he was all done with that scene. Despite his American accent he was still dubbed in the movie. He only found this out when attending a UKpress screening and when his scene came on, his children turned to him and said "That's not your voice!" His own voice is very deep and the dubbed voice is of a much higher pitch so he wondered if that was why it got changed. He did not have any other scenes that didn't make the movie. He has not really kept up with all things STAR WARS over the last 30 years and is amazed at the detail the fans know on the movies.

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