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Discussion in 'Star Wars: Episode VII and Beyond (Archive)' started by LWSwann, Nov 4, 2012.

  1. LWSwann Jedi Master

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    Nov 1, 2012
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    Jabba the Hutt insists that three Star Wars trilogies were always on the cards...
    No, the 600-year-old slug has not been resuscitated since Princess Leia strangled Jabba with a chain.
    But the mild-mannered man responsible for the alien’s left arm and head, puppeteer Toby Philpott, is alive and well living in Cardiff.
    And he was reacting to news that Disney, which bought Star Wars creator George Lucas’ Lucas film Ltd for a massive $4bn this week, will bring out “Episode VII” in 2015 with episodes 8 and 9 to follow.
    The star of 1983’s Return of the Jedi said an outline for three separate trilogies were discussed during the filming of Lucas’ third Star Wars film, which became Episode VI in the cult series featuring characters such as Luke Skywalker, Princess Leia, Han Solo, and Darth Vader. He said: “We knew we were working on the middle three films of a set of nine and there would be prequels and sequels framed around our trilogy.“It’s very possible George (who will be the new movies’ creative consultant) had already outlined the nine stories then.”But Return of the Jedi was cloaked in secrecy before its release. Actors never read a full script and had to hand back any script pages they were given.
    “It was a lot of fun being a big horrible baddie because you can enjoy being nasty,” said Toby.
    He worked to stay in character throughout filming. Toby would tap Carrie Fisher, who played Princess Leia, on the shoulder to say good morning and he insisted the director Richard Marquand spoke to Jabba as a real character.
    “We asked him to talk to Jabba as a famous actor, to pretend he was like Marlon Brando on set,” he said.
    “It was very important to treat Jabba as a live creature, not a series of special effects so he became a fully formed character.”
    The method acting paid off and Toby believes the puppet-controlled Jabba is far more realistic than later CGI editions.
    “If you’ve played computer games all your life and are used to TV images then maybe it doesn’t jar to see CGI. For me and my generation, we see the phoney effect.
    “I can’t look at CGI all day, it irritates me. I want to see something real.”
    The 66-year-old, who now lives in Splott, sat inside the Jabba model for eight hours each day.
    “He wasn’t really a costume, it was more of a sculpture. You had to do huge gestures to come through the blubber so I couldn’t be subtle.
    “Inside I was bouncing around and moving back and forth to get any movement out of him at all.”
    Toby spent so long inside the model that he was never seen on set and a security guard once asked him to leave during a tea break.
    The obstructive costume also made action scenes difficult, as Toby couldn’t see what was happening on set.
    In the scene where Jabba licks Princess Leia, Toby accidentally stuck the tongue in Carrie Fisher’s ear during an early take.
    He said: “The tongue was covered in K-Y jelly and gloop and gunge, it was horrible stuff.
    “Between shots I used to stick the tongue out and they would paint it with a big brush so it was always drooling and looking nasty.”
    After Toby finished filming Star Wars, he worked on several films during the ‘80s and then performed in a travelling circus before he settled down as a library assistant at Cardiff Central Library.
    “Star Wars was a very exciting time, but I fell into it by mistake – I was quite happy as a juggler and a street performer and a clown,” he said.
    And the puppeteer did not know about the trilogy’s many fans until his library work led him to the computer support department.
    Toby said: “The minute I went online I discovered the Star Wars fan base. In 20 years I hadn’t thought about it.”
    But there are no plans for a repeat performance.
    “Apart from anything else, Jabba is dead,” said Toby.
    Last edited by PrincessKenobi, Nov 4, 2012
  2. CoolyFett Force Ghost

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    Feb 3, 2003
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    So what....he doesn't know anything.
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  3. WIERD_GREEN_MAN Jedi Grand Master

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  4. CoolyFett Force Ghost

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  5. LWSwann Jedi Master

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    Nov 1, 2012
    Hasn't a clue! Though if we had any doubts - Jabba is dead... cough.