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Warwick Davis joins the Han Solo spin-off movie
One of the most unheralded stars of Star Wars, Warwick Davis has appeared in three of the main saga movies (as Wicket in Return of the Jedi, Weazel in The Phantom Menace and Wollivan in The Force Awakens). Now, it’s been reported, he’ll be lending his not-at-all-tiny talents to the as-yet-untitled Han Solo spin-off movie.
How do we know? Well, he's been spotted on the Canary Island of Fuerteventura, where the movie is currently lensing. In fact, this shouldn’t come as a massive surprise, as he fronted the recent Force for Change video (see below) from the Han Solo set. Still, it’s good to see this Star Wars veteran back.
Mark Hamill reveals Last Jedi disagreements
It’s well known that Mark Hamill clashed with JJ Abrams on the writer-director's plans for Luke on The Force Awakens (Hamill initially thought it was a mistake to wait so long for Luke’s appearance), only to later admit he’d been proven wrong when he saw the final film. And it seems as if Hamill was similarly vocal towards new director Rian Johnson’s plans for Luke in The Last Jedi.
“I at one point had to say to Rian, ‘I pretty much fundamentally disagree with every choice you’ve made for this character. Now, having said that, I have gotten it off my chest, and my job now is to take what you’ve created and do my best to realise your vision.’” Hamill apparently told his director (via Vanity Fair).
Perhaps realising that made it sound like he was still narked about his role in the new movie, Hamill followed up the interview on Twitter, telling his followers: “I was, as I often am… Wrong. #WaitForVIII”
Clumsy Stormtrooper speaks up
Remember the scene from the original Star Wars where a gang of Stormtroopers walk through a door and one of them bangs his head? Well, The Hollywood Reporter tracked down the actor, who admits, 40 years later, that the accident happened because he wasn’t feeling too well on the day.
“I couldn’t concentrate, I was shuffling along and I hit my head,” actor Laurie Good told the website. “No one said ‘Cut’, so I’m thinking to myself I’m not in shot and when it came out, I thought, ‘That’s me!'”
“On the second day of filming, I developed an upset stomach,” he went on. “By mid-morning I had paid three to four visits to the loo. Having re-dressed myself and returned to the set, I felt the need to rush back to the gents’ toilets, but I was placed in [the] shot. On about the fourth take, as I shuffled along, I felt my stomach rumbling, and ‘bang’, I hit my head!”
The head-hitting was so famous that George Lucas even included a homage to it in 2002's Attack of the Clones when he had Jango Fett (whom all the Stormtroopers are cloned from) bang his bonce on his ship’s door.
Looking forward to The Last Jedi? It opens at Cineworld on 15 December.