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    Who Played Willrow Hood?

    I don't know why I feel like I need to know, but I googled the Ice Cream Maker guy, and in all the results I could not find a mention of who actually played him. Anyone know?
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    I'm really no help here, I have no clue. But I think it's likely a case of background extra work. I did some myself on The Dark Knight Rises and Jack Reacher and you're never actually credited. So I'm going to guess, essentially, we'll never know until the actual actor makes it public. Which makes me wonder if he has, considering he's kind of become one of the funniest cult gags in SW history. I wonder if he even knows he has an action figure.
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    I thought with all the attention that has been given the character someone might has tracked down who the actor was. Of all the minute, trivial details we know about Star wars, leave it to me to want to know something unknown.
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    I didn't realize it wasn't known although I only became aware of the Willrow Hood phenomenon fairly recently. But if that's the case, fear not because other background characters whose lore has been built up by fandom like BoShek have had their actors identified only in the last few years.

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    Weren't all of the interior Bespin scenes filmed in the UK? If so, then Willrow was likely played by a British guy.
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    I actually recall when ICMG became a thing. There was a huge controversy about his action figure. Fans were really split, but I was completely pro-Willrow. I think it just requires having a sense of humor. In many ways, I always felt that the desire for a figure of a background extra was simply a satirical commentary on how Hasbro/Kenner would make essentially anything into a toy. It was sort of like a dare, a challenge to them. Will they make even this guy? And over the years, it just started to garner some attention. But originally many fans seemed to think it was a waste of plastic, but for my money...it's hysterical. The character/figure became basically a fan-created spoof representation of the commercialism of SW. I get the joke. Some don't appreciate it.
    Last edited by MysterioMaximus; 04-14-2019 at 05:29 PM.
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    Quote Originally Posted by MysterioMaximus View Post
    I actually recall when ICMG became a thing. There was a huge controversy about his action figure. Fans were really split, but I was completely pro-Willrow. I think it just requires having a sense of humor. In many ways, I always felt that the desire for a figure of a background extra was simply a satirical commentary on how Hasbro/Kenner would make essentially anything into a toy. It was sort of like a dare, a challenge to them. Will they make even this guy? And over the years, it just started to garner some attention. But originally many fans seemed to think it was a waste of plastic, but for my money...it's hysterical. The character/figure became basically a fan-created spoof representation of the commercialism of SW. I get the joke. Some don't appreciate it.
    I thought it was funny Hasbro made the figure. Did I buy an extra to keep carded? No. Were there other figures I wanted more? Yeah, probably. But still, why not? At least you can see him in the movie. I have seen clearer pictures of Bigfoot than the screen grabs Hasbro has had to use on the cardbacks for some of the cantina Aliens
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    Quote Originally Posted by MysterioMaximus View Post
    I actually recall when ICMG became a thing. There was a huge controversy about his action figure. Fans were really split, but I was completely pro-Willrow. I think it just requires having a sense of humor. In many ways, I always felt that the desire for a figure of a background extra was simply a satirical commentary on how Hasbro/Kenner would make essentially anything into a toy. It was sort of like a dare, a challenge to them. Will they make even this guy? And over the years, it just started to garner some attention. But originally many fans seemed to think it was a waste of plastic, but for my money...it's hysterical. The character/figure became basically a fan-created spoof representation of the commercialism of SW. I get the joke. Some don't appreciate it.
    I remembered the whole thing and was pretty indifferent to it. I never wanted a Willrow Hood figure, because I've always preferred the alien and droid characters in Star Wars over boring humans. So, I was not on board with the campaign at all; but I did get frustrated by some fans accusing me of betraying the fandom by not supporting this figure. Which I thought was completely out of line. I did end up buying one Willrow Hood figure when it came out, but mostly to get the droid part and I traded him away only a week or two after I bought him. So he never stayed in my collection long because he was just a boring looking human.
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    Quote Originally Posted by bigbarada View Post
    I remembered the whole thing and was pretty indifferent to it. I never wanted a Willrow Hood figure, because I've always preferred the alien and droid characters in Star Wars over boring humans. So, I was not on board with the campaign at all; but I did get frustrated by some fans accusing me of betraying the fandom by not supporting this figure. Which I thought was completely out of line. I did end up buying one Willrow Hood figure when it came out, but mostly to get the droid part and I traded him away only a week or two after I bought him. So he never stayed in my collection long because he was just a boring looking human.
    That is silly, how can you betray the fandom because you don't want a figure of literally...literally...just a guy? Hah! People tend to get so dramatic when it comes to SW. Though I did appreciate the gag of a ICMG figure, I absolutely understood it's a very small niche audience that would actually purchase him or that he'd appeal to. I mean, of course a character like that isn't going to get many people excited. The entire existence of the figure is basically a deep cut inside joke for die-hard fans only. I doubt he was ever even expected to be anything more that a peg-warmer really. The odd thing is though, I can't actually remember if he was. Perhaps they were smart enough to make him in very limited quantity. But there is one thing that I think Willrow Hood did for the collector community, his existence basically paved the way for other background generics like the Imperial Scanning Crew and Rebel Honor Guard/Rebel Flight Crew.
    Last edited by MysterioMaximus; 04-15-2019 at 04:50 PM.
    'But I don’t want to go among mad people,’ Alice remarked. ‘Oh, you can’t help that,’ said the Cat: ‘We’re all mad here. I’m mad, you’re mad.’ ‘How do you know I’m mad?’ said Alice. ‘You must be,’ said the Cat, ‘or you wouldn’t have come here.’ - Lewis Carroll 'Alice's Adventures in Wonderland'

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    Quote Originally Posted by MysterioMaximus View Post
    That is silly, how can you betray the fandom because you don't want a figure of literally...literally...just a guy? Hah! People tend to get so dramatic when it comes to SW. Though I did appreciate the gag of a ICMG figure, I absolutely understood it's a very small niche audience that would actually purchase him or that he'd appeal to. I mean, of course a character like that isn't going to get many people excited. The entire existence of the figure is basically a deep cut inside joke for die-hard fans only. I doubt he was ever even expected to be anything more that a peg-warmer really. The odd thing is though, I can't actually remember if he was. Perhaps they were smart enough to make him in very limited quantity. But there is one thing that I think Willrow Hood did for the collector community, his existence basically paved the way for other background generics like the Imperial Scanning Crew and Rebel Honor Guard/Rebel Flight Crew.
    I do remember an article coming out around that time lamenting how Yarna dal-Gargan, Willrow Hood, and the Rancor Keeper were pegwarming. But I don't really recall seeing Willrow in the wild more than once or twice. Yarna was a legendary pegwarmer though and Hasbro had to send reps to stores to collect up her unsold figures so they could be destroyed.

    I don't think the article was on RS or SirStevesGuide. It might have been on TheForce.net or JediTempleArchives. I can't really remember, but I'm sure someone out there is interested enough to do the research. It would have been late in 2009 or early in 2010.
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