April 16, 2013

Hidden Clue

LeParmentier as Admiral Motti in ''Star Wars E...

LeParmentier as Admiral Motti in ''Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

One of the fun things about the Star Wars bi-trilogy has been the great casting of secondary characters. While I've never been to a fan convention, it sure sounds like many of these actors have enjoyed connecting with their fanbase - even when their SW notoriety is based on only one or two lines of dialog. From Shelagh Fraser (Aunt Beru - "He's got too much of his father in him"), to Caroline Blakiston (Mon Mothma - "Many Bothans died to bring us this information"), etc, etc.

One of the first character actors that captured our attention was Richard LaParmentier as Admiral Motti, who had another wonderfully bad line "Your sad devotion to that ancient religion has not helped you conjure up the stolen data tapes or given you clairvoyance enough to find the Rebels' hidden fort....". Sadly, LaParmentier passed away this week.

I mention this with respects, and to point out the little secret footnote George Lucas put in to his script: Motti's last words before Vader's force-choke were "hidden fortress", a clue to a major influence for the film, Akira Kurosawa's Hidden Fortress. Lucas even provided an interview on Kurosawa's and the film's influence on the The Hidden Fortress (The Criterion Collection) DVD.

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Posted by netrc at April 16, 2013 07:52 PM