Posted on Friday, May 9th, 2014 by Russ Fischer
Star Wars made, well, stars out of actors like Harrison Ford and Carrie Fisher. But they’re only a few of the actors who populated the film. A couple others, such as Alec Guinness, had been stars for decades. Others, many of whom were part of the film’s masked cast, saw their characters rocket to incredible popularity as the actors themselves remained relatively anonymous. Most everyone could identify Darth Vader and Boba Fett in a second. But how many people could pick David Prowse or Jeremy Bulloch out of a lineup?
Elstree 1976 is a film dedicated to conversations with people such as Prowse and Bulloch. It gets in touch with some of the actors who made Star Wars what it was, but who are mostly invisible to the public at large. Some of the actors are just a step up from being extras, while others are featured players whose faces were hidden behind the masks that captured the imaginations of generations of viewers. Check out a trailer below.
The film is being put together by rs. Jon Spira, director of Anyone Can Play Guitar. Spira, who teaches a screenwriting class, met John Chapman, who played a Rebel pilot in the Battle of Yavin, at one class. Their conversations led to this film. Spira is seeking funding via Kickstarter, but he’s done a lot of work on the film already. Below you can see a trailer, which features people such as Prowse, Bullock, Paul Blake (Greedo), Garrick Hagon (Biggs Darklighter), and Pam Rose (Cantina denizen Leesub Sirln).