There was a time when Star Wars didn’t inspire the kind of excitement that it does today. Nowadays, whether you’re a fan or an actor desperate to get a role in the latest movie, you can’t help but get extremely excited for the prospect of what’s to come. But back in 1976, there weren’t any Star Wars fans, and a job on this original sci-fi movie from young filmmaker George Lucas was just another job.
The documentary Elstree 1976 takes a look back at what it was like to be on the set of the original Star Wars, through the eyes of some of the actors whose names you probably don’t know unless you’re a hardcore fan. In addition, we get to see how some of the actors have their own little fanbase, and how Star Wars has touched their lives. But they didn’t all have an equally satisfying experience. Watch the Star Wars documentary trailer to find out more. Read More »
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Star Wars is a worldwide phenomenon. After the first film was released in 1977, movies were never the same, and for the bright young stars of the sci-fi adventure life was never the same either. Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford and Carrie Fisher were certified stars, and now they can’t go anywhere without being mobbed by legions of fans who just want to shake hands and say hello to cinematic royalty.
But people forget there’s a whole other set of actors who worked on Star Wars in the summer of 1976, and that’s mostly because you never see their faces on the screen. And for them, everything has been a little different. A new Star Wars documentary called Elstree 1976 highlights the performers who were hidden by alien creature faces, Stormtrooper helmets and even Darth Vader’s mask, taking a look at the making of the movie and the legacy of the franchise from their point of view. Read More »
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. Read More »