Monday, June 13, 2005

"I can see nothing but seams..."

Some quotes stick in your mind. I don't know why. I've remembered that line from George Lucas for almost 30 years.

In 1977, when I was still reading Rolling Stone, the magazine interviewed George Lucas, who talked about the nature of Wookies, his desire to take the money and open up a games store, the first movie, and his ideas for "one of the sequels... "

It's about Ben and Luke's father and Vader when they are young Jedi knights. But Vader kills Luke's father, then Ben and Vader have a confrontation, just like they have in Star Wars, and Ben almost kills Vader. As a matter of fact, he falls into a volcanic pit and gets fried and is one destroyed being. That's why he has to wear the suit with a mask, because it's a breathing mask. It's like a walking iron lung. His face is all horrible inside. I was going to shoot a close-up of Vader where you could see the inside of his face, but then we said, no, no, it would destroy the mystique of the whole thing.

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