Elstree 1976Star Wars fans are crazy obsessed with anything and everything about their favorite saga. Years, ago, prior the prequels, I went to “The Men Behind the Mask Tour”. This was a road show featuring the likes of Jeremy Bulloch (Boba Fett), David Prowse (Darth Vader), and Peter Mawhew (Chewbacca). We were regaled with stories about the films, as well as other projects they worked on. As you get older you start to wonder about the actors in Star Wars, especially those who did not wear masks. What happened to the members of Rogue Group, the Cantina patrons, and the Ewoks? Thankfully, the great minds behind Elstree 1976 have gathered those actors and created a documentary that showcases their time in Star Wars. Check out the press release, trailer, and listings of where the film will screen this weekend. If you can’t make it, the film arrives on June 28th.
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Press Release: ELSTREE 1976 explores the lives of the actors and extras behind one of the most celebrated Science Fiction films in cinematic history, Star Wars.
 

From the man behind film’s most iconic villain, to the actor whose character was completely cut from the final film, the documentary delves into the eccentric community these individuals have formed and how the Star Wars franchise – which spans five decades from A New Hope to The Force Awakens – continues to impact their lives decades later.

Many of the minor characters were merely part of the set design, but eventually gained recognition as the Star Warsuniverse expanded into books, comics, etc. Fans learned the history of masked characters like Boba Fett and Greedo, but the sci-fi blockbuster also had a lasting impact on the people inside the costumes.

Not all of the interviewees had minor roles in the series however. For example, David Prowse, whose six-foot-eight bulk filled out Darth Vader’s suit and provided the menacing movements of film’s most iconic villain, wouldn’t be recognized on the street by all but the most ardent Star Wars fans. In the final cut of the movie, his face and voice were replaced by Sebastian Shaw and James Earl Jones, respectively. Others got to work on what would become the biggest movie of all time, but saw their characters cut entirely from the finished film.

The movie will start a US theatrical run on May 6th in select cities including Los Angeles and New York City. For the full list of theaters and ticket information, check http://filmrise.com/elstree-1976
The DVD can be pre-ordered now at the MVD Shop or on Amazon.

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By Robert Trate

In my career as a writer, I have made Doctor Who giggle, asked Ahsoka Tano what underwear she was wearing, and spoke with a Raptor from Jurassic Park.

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