Note: Okay, I'm a little late with this one, but still,
we've got an inside look at George Lucas' trip to Tokyo
last month to ensure his Japanese fans remain faithful.
graced Japan with his presence on July 6th, alongside Rick
McCallum (Producer), Hayden Christensen (Anakin Skywalker),
Ian McDiarmid (Supreme Chancellor Palpatine) and of course
the 501st Japanese garrison.
people and journalists flooded the main hall, it became
clear very quickly that the room was probably not going
to fit everyone, for of course George does know how to fill
a room -- and not just with CG. The mass media quickly ran
to get the best seats in the house, awed at the storm troopers,
royal guards and a towering Darth Vader in front of several
Episode 3 posters.
the crowd quickly found something even more pleasing, and
entertaining. A life-size remote controlled R2 unit that
whistled his way bee bopping around the corner of the room,
alongside a shiny C-3PO. The crowd couldn't get enough of
the droids at this point and then the announcement came
introducing the four guests.
guests of honor entered the hall, Vader walked down to pose
for photographers, and it was surely an impressive show
of bulb fiction. One could either go blind from all the
flashes, or dream they were like New Year's Eve fireworks.
When finishing their poses for the press, they made their
way up the stairs on stage and made a few polite comments
on the movie and being in Japan.
probably stopped counting how many times McCallum has been
here, as he didn't comment on it. He did get to be the first
to play to the crowd with "May the force be with you."
George mentioned how Japan has a special place in his heart
and how it has influenced the movies a great deal. (kaff
kaff like by actually providing
the plot for A New Hope kaff kaff) and how the
delay in the release date for Japan was "so that everyone
got a good chance to see the movie". Apparently by
good chance he meant on pirated copies. But hey, if it's
good enough for George then it's good enough for me.
Christensen's third time in Japan and he was eager to talk
about the movie. On the other hand, McDarmid had only just
arrived for his first trip to the land of the rising sun
one hour prior to the press conference.
of my favorite actors in the movies, he kept the room smiling
with his wit and charm, noting "It's my first time
in Japan, so I've got a lot to be overwhelmed by. It's great
to be here, with my colleague representing the dark side
on our favorite movie to date. It's a lot of other people's
as well, and I hope it's going to be yours."
a series of questions to each of the guests, what stood
out most was Christensen's observation that five years of
his life has been dedicated to the films. Now that it has
ended, it is a bittersweet feeling, actually a little bit
more bitter than sweet.
I agree. I enjoyed his performance a lot better in Episode
3, and really will hate to see the movies end. George then
rubbed it in that it will be the LAST Star Wars
as a feature film, restating what he has said before about
the story of Anakin from nine years of age to his death,
with nothing more to tell as a movie.
when asked about making a TV series, he started talking
about making a series called the Clone Wars, which
they are writing the script on now. That left me wondering
is that a season three? Or a new project by Lucasfilm? (A
new project, to be done in 3D in Asia, Lucas formally announced
quite follow that, but then he talked about doing a live-action
TV series that will feature minor characters in the saga.
He bounced around thinking when asked which of his creations
was his favorite. At first he said that Yoda was his all-time
favorite, but went on to say Anakin was also, because the
story is about him. The emperor then ended with the KO punch,
smiling slyly,"...and of course JAR JAR BINKS!"
spoil a perfectly amazing day?