It's a good film, although you can fast forward through the first third about the lives of all these people in black and white pictures. It's fun hearing these people tell their stories about their part in the film. They've been telling these stories for decades, so they're pretty good at it. I loved the last third the most, where they talk about the convention touring and the strange hierarchy that there is between main characters, speaking credited rolls and un-credited extras. Poor David Prowse, I never knew he was banned from the official Star Wars convention events, one last kick in the balls from Lucas. He really must have hated that guy. Maybe that ban will be lifted now that Disney is at the helm.
David Prowse was blamed for leaks to the media. There's an interesting doc about him by a Spanish director who re-shoots the scene of Luke removing Vader's helmet with Prowse (he was banned from set). Good story.
That's a bit of an urban myth from an old British newspaper article. In the article, Prowse is spouting off about how Vader is really Luke's father among other things. The problem is the article is full 2 years before the movie comes out and Prowse wasn't even a part of the secret. As a matter of fact, his lines were "Obiwan was your father" The true lines were added later in post with the James Earl Jones overdub. And if the rift truly went back that far, Prowse wouldn't have been in the costume for Jedi. Apparently, the real rift involves apparent promises made and money owed between the two, including some legal stuff. I guess we'll never really know for sure what little tidbit actually pushed Lucas to the point where he actually took the time to get him banned from the 2 biggest annual Star Wars conventions on the planet. And that was only done in the last decade. I mean, why bother really? It's his only means of employment, leave the old guy alone. He wasn't even invited to the British release party. Sad really.... I know he really didn't do all that much but come on! That lumbering determined walk is legendary....
I liked the David Prowse bits - made me smile when he was recounting about insisting on signing autographs "David Prowse is Darth Vader" and disagreements about that. And it was nice to hear him chatting in his Bristol accent as I've recently moved there myself, so lots of folks here have the accent. This snippet about him originally not being up for being interviewed made me chuckle, too:
Rogue Five: Hi Bentley! Where y'all been?
Sept 22, 2017 14:14:13 GMT -5
Rogue Five: Sandpeople-Cool! I don't have any of the Noble Collection swords but I have a few of the United Cutlery ones and they are superb replicas as they're modeled directly from the original props. If you're interested in buying another one, I highly recommend
Sept 22, 2017 14:15:08 GMT -5
Rogue Five: Anduril. I have one and it is gorgeous and sturdily made. I believe it is a full tang sword so you could swing it around without it flying apart. Trust me, you'll feel like the King of Gondor holding this thing lol.
Sept 22, 2017 14:17:54 GMT -5
ARKM: "full tang United Cutlery" is an oxymoron.
Sept 22, 2017 15:02:54 GMT -5
ARKM: That does not mean that they aren't nice for hanging on the wall though. I have a UC Kurgan sword. I like it.
Sept 22, 2017 15:05:02 GMT -5
Rogue Five: Yeah I wouldn't go looking for a fight with any wall hanger swords lol. I think Anduril and Strider's Ranger sword are the only full tang swords in the LOTR line.
Sept 22, 2017 15:42:13 GMT -5
Rogue Five: I looked into getting a functional Anduril from a custom swordsmith but no one I found made a screen accurate one.
Sept 22, 2017 15:51:24 GMT -5
Rogue Five: That Kurgan one is nice. Sword afficianados like to dump on it because it has a two piece blade and they're right but who cares! It looks bad a**
Sept 22, 2017 16:09:42 GMT -5