ROTJ History: Gerald Home's Creature Info.

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For those of you who don't know me, I'm Gerald Home, the actor who played Tessek-Squid Head and the Mon Calamari Officer in RETURN OF THE JEDI.

I'm starting this topic because I'm constantly being asked about various creatures in ROTJ and the people who were inside the creature costumes, and I want to answer as many of your questions as possible. Those of you I've met know that I care passionately about this kind of history. Those of you who know me also know that the one thing that makes my blood boil is people signing photographs they're not in. More about that later!

In writing this, I don't want to say anything bad about anyone who signs photos they're not in. That's not what I'm about here. I simply want to give you the facts I know. I don't mean to criticism anyone.

Firstly, though I'm an actor, that's not how I'm credited in ROTJ. It's important that you know where and how I'm credited: near the very end of the credits, after Ewoks, in the group of Mime Artists. There are 9 of us there. We were auditioned and hired to play creatures in Jabba's Palace, and some of us were also to play Mon Calamari. We all had the same Equity contracts as the other performers on ROTJ. Several of us were in this photo, which I call "Jabba's Creatures":



There are several things I want to tell you about this photo. I first saw it when I was quite new to fanland and I did a convention with Mike Quinn, who I know well. I know what he did on ROTJ and I know he worked on Ree Yees. So I was surprised when he signed this photo "Nien Nunb". I asked him why he did that, and he replied, "Because it's not me in the photo - it's Paul Springer. I was the puppet Ree Yees and Paul was the "human" Ree Yees in the costume. So it's not me in the photo - it's Paul, so I can't sign that photo. I tell fans that, and if they still want me to sign that photo, I do so - but I won't sign it "Ree Yees", I'll sign it as Nien Nunb."

Now that, my friends, is the sign of a true professional: he won't sign a photo he's not in. It shows he's honest and has integrity, and has respect for the Star Wars fans he signs that photo for - and it also shows he has respect for, and gives credit to, the person who is in that photo, Paul Springer.

I'm talking about Paul now because, as you know, he has started to do conventions. I won't speak for him here - he can answer your questions himself in the coming months and years. I've been in touch with Paul recently and I can confirm for you what I've always known: Paul Springer, a "Mime Artist" like myself, played Ree Yees in the Jabba's Palace scenes and in the still photos such as the one above. (I can also confirm for you later in this post which is Paul in at least 1 Mon Calamari photo.) If anyone else ever wore Paul's Ree Yees costume when Paul wasn't available, you'll have to ask Paul about that, because I don't know.

Yes, Paul played Ree Yees. Here's how you can prove that: look at the shape of his body in the photo above: the person inside the costume is animating the costume. You'll see that same body shape in the Ree Yees scenes in Jabba's Palace. Only a performer animates costumes in such a way. That's why we were hired, because we knew how to bring such characters to life. Extras aren't performers; they don't perform, they don't animate their costumes. That's not a criticism - it's just the way things are.

And now we get into dangerous territory for me - "dangerous" because some of you might think I'm denigrating extras and saying they're worth less than we performers. Those of you who know me know I'd never do such a thing. But I do need to point out to you the differences between extras and performers because those differences are relevant to what I'm talking about here.

I have a list of ALL the performers who were contracted on ROTJ, which I got (by accident) along with a residual cheque from California in 1986, 4 years after filming. We performers were classified into 5 groups: actors, puppeteers, dancers, mime artists and stunt performers - and there were less than 100 of us in total.

There are 2 main differences between performers and extras:
1. Extras don't perform. That's why they often stand with their arms by their sides in photos. Performers will do something with their hands and arms.
2. Extras don't audition - they're told where to go and they wear whatever costume fits them.

The first lot of extras I ever met, early in my career, were London taxi drivers, doing some extra work to earn some extra money. Great. Good luck to them. But my point is that they weren't professional performers, and so they didn't see things from a professional's point of view. No professional would ever sign a photo they weren't in, but the same can't be said for all extras. I've heard some say they'll sign anything that's put in front of them. They don't seem to understand that in doing so they're cheating the person who really is inside the costume - and they're also cheating the Star Wars fan who is paying good money for this "false" autograph.

Let me make it clear that I'm not saying extras shouldn't sign. I have no problem with extras signing - as long as they're definitely in the photos they're signing!!! There are some extras I love working with - Christine Hewett for one. She didn't pretend to be something she wasn't - and her stories were just as interesting as those told by any actor.

You guys can help with stopping fraudulent signings. You should be scrupulous about asking what photos people were in. If they can't tell you, then they shouldn't sign the photo, simple as that. Event organisers can also help by not letting photos be signed by people who there are doubts about, and by not calling all their guests "Actors" because sometimes not all the guests are actors. "Autograph guests" would be a better term.

By the way, if you want to see what Paul Springer looks like, get the DVD of "Who Framed Roger Rabbit?". He's credited as "Mime Coach" on that and he can be seen in the Losers' Bar scenes. In fact, he's the deaf mute who writes "Laid off" on the pad. Notice he's the same height as Bob Hoskins - much smaller than me (for those of you who've met me). This helps confirm his identity in the photo above.

A final word about the above photo: the small creature sitting on the lower right of the photo is now being signed by someone who didn't even work on ROTJ! Solution? Don't pay him to sign this photo! And remember, the person inside the costume might turn up one day too.

And now on to Mon Calamari stuff. First of all, here's a historical fact for you: there was only one Mon Calamari OFFICER during filming in 1982, and that was me. Look at the call sheets: they called for "Mon Calamari", but the word "officer" wasn't mentioned until I was named as the "officer, aid, controller" in call sheets, when I was given 2 pages of dialogue to learn for some additional, experimental scenes with Ackbar on the Bridge during the Battle of Endor (call sheets and dialogue pages available on my website and on various other sites.)

So I was the only Officer! Nowadays of course everyone who was a Mon Calamari is called "Mon Calamari Officer". That's fine by me. Things get changed with time, but now you know the history of this title!

And now for my Mon Calamari History. As I was constantly being asked which Mon Cal was me, a few years ago I put together all the Mon Cal photos I could find, and showed which one was me in each photo. In short, when Ackbar is standing, I'm sitting - and when Ackbar is sitting, I'm standing. Here we are together in a still photo. Only Tim Rose and I were called to this photo session on the Bridge, so there's no doubt about it (Tim can confirm that for you):



I sat in that (screen left) chair in some other still photos, and in one scene in the film, but in the Battle of Endor, I'm the confused looking Mon Cal standing at the back, fiddling with the overhead lights, trying not to fall off the back of the set! Here I am, in the photo below, pointing off to screen right just before Ackbar says, "It's a trap!"



By the way, I can confirm that Paul Springer is the Mon Cal sitting in the screen left chair during the Battle of Endor.

Many people don't know that I was also in the Briefing Room scenes, standing behind Caroline Blakiston/Mon Mothma. Here I am below, the tall Mon Cal, standing between 2 smaller Mon Cals who are both wearing "camouflage" Mon Cal costumes. Notice the different colour and shape from my costume. The Mon Cal on my (screen) left was a female extra (notice her arms by her sides!) and I do remember who the performer was on my (screen) right, but I can't tell you who he is because he says he doesn't remember!



And for the record, here are the 4 pages of Mon Cal photos and info which I put together some years ago. They were quickly put together and aren't terribly neat, but they are factual, and are my historical record of the photos I'm in as a Mon Calamari. Click onto the thumbnails to get big versions:





An interesting detail some of you might not know: though Richard Marquand directed ROTJ, George Lucas directed the blue screen Battle of Endor scenes. He functioned as a kind of second unit director because only he knew what would eventually be in those blue screens. You'll find confirmation of that on page 141 of the brilliant little paperback from 1983, The Making of Return of the Jedi.

Finally, if you want even more info (!) here are links to 3 excellent interviews which have photos and info not seen anywhere else. And then there's a YouTube interview which I did in Chicago last year with Chris "Darth" Spice. It also has info not seen anywhere else:

http://yildizsavaslari.com/inceleme/geraldhome/index-eng.html

http://www.starwarsy.pl/opowiadania/wywiad_home_eng.htm

http://maartenbouw.blogspot.com/2010/06/interview-with-gerald-home.html

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q99Xe-MAvjk&feature=related

I hope you find all this stuff interesting. It's my little attempt to verify and help make clear what I know of the autograph and photo side of my Star Wars/ROTJ experience in recent years. If you have any questions, just ask. I don't know everything and I don't know who everyone is in every photo. There are still things to learn, and I'll keep trying. And other ROTJ performers might turn up one day - for example, another one of us Mime Artists, Andy Cunningham. I'm pretty sure he was a Mon Cal too.

All the best from Mon Calamari, my little place in Star Wars history.

Gerald
 
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Very informative, thanks for the info and glad to have you here!
 
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Thank you for the information Gerald. Everything you stated here was verbatim with what you and I talked about while you were in Chicago last year (it was a pleasure to meet you, by the way).
In this day and age where people are out to make a quick buck signing graphs through lies and deception, it's nice to have people from the production that care enough to try to set the record straight. I'm sure there may be a thing or two here or there that are hazy, but you are definitely out to help us piece together who was who in a given shot, and we appreciate it. Unfortunately, I do not have access to old call sheets as you might, or as a few fortunate others on the boards may have access to, but I have no reason to doubt you at, and your intent is good.

Thank you....
 
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Thanks for the info Mr. Home!
 
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This was a fantastic read and thank you for taking the time out to do this! Really appreciated.
 
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Good to see you here, Gerald! Haven't talked to you in a while, hope all is well. Thanks for the update, I'm sure many really appreciate it.

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Brilliant! That was cool...hopefully I'll meet you some day at a con here in Ireland..;-)
 
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Thanks very much for all the positive comments and welcomes. I'm glad to hear you like my post.

Shane: good to see someone from Ireland here, as I'm an Irishman myself, Belfast born and bred. Actually, I did the first Invasion Belfast in 2008, along with Dave Prowse, and hope to get to another event one day.

Steven, good to see you here too! The tentacles of Rebelscum stretch far and wide (just like Tessek's!) I hope all's well with you and JediCon in WV.

Squid-like greetings to all and, by the way, as I've written on another thread: Mr Home was my father. I'm Gerald, ok?

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Great info....Awesome to see someone directly involved with these films here. I met you Gerald back a few years in Framingham, MA., at Supermegafest in the Sheraton Tara. We discussed the Jabba Aliens pic, and you made mention then of the Richard Bonehill/ReeYees confusion also. If you recall, I had just ordered signed pics from your site, (Mr.Home?!) and you were still nice enough to talk at length with me and take photos, and I then sent you the pics via email the following week, great times, man-thanx!!! John
 
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Thanks for all the great information and welcome to the boards!
 
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Gerald, great to see you on the boards! I sat as your assistant (through two shifts actually as my replacement was a no-show) at C4. It was great sitting with you and hearing all the stories. One of the highlights of that celebration for sure!

VERY informative post above and great to see that there is still integrity on behalf of some of those that sign for the fans.

Best!
 

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Welcome to the boards Gerald, I look forward to meeting you again on saturday


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Gearald I sent you info on the next Invasion, sorry hadn't read your post....hope you make it to the Con in October..;-)
 
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This thread is awesome!! Thanks Gerald.

I am always happy to hear more about my favorite movie!
 
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Great stuff Gerald! Thank you!
 
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And here's your ROTJ-related trivia for today!

Another one of us 9 "Mime Artists" was called Ailsa Berk. Who knows what creature she played in Jabba's Palace? She played Amanaman.

Ailsa was a dancer, a highly-trained and experienced dancer, so it was kind of ironic that she played a static character like Amanaman.

In the years after ROTJ, she worked on many movies, TV programmes and videos, either as a performer or talent co-ordinator or choreographer. She's still working today. Do you know what she has been doing in recent years? She has been the choreographer on a lot of episodes of Doctor Who. You'll often see her name in the credits. Here's a tip for you: if you've had no luck contacting her via her agent, you could try writing to her c/o BBC TV in Cardiff, Wales. That's where Doctor Who is filmed.

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And now to reply to your messages. Once again, thank you so much for all the kind words. I've been a bit overwhelmed, to tell you the truth - but in a nice way! Very nice indeed.

Mike, thank you. I think I remember you, but - did we get a photo taken together at C4? If so, please email it to me and I'll know for sure. I never forget a face.

John, thank you too. I still have the photo you sent me, so I know exactly who you are, and I remember our chat at Megafest very well. I'll be back in your area later this year. I can't tell you where yet, as it hasn't been officially announced, but it's not to Megafest or to Boston. So hopefully we'll meet up again before the end of the year.

If anyone is interested, here's a nice little video interview recorded at Megafest a couple of years ago. It's a good companion oiece to the Sandtroopers video interview I gave the link to above. I'm at the beginning and then again later on. For the purists amongst you, it sounds like I say "THE Return of the Jedi", which is obviously wrong (no "the" in the title, as you know) but I don't actually say that: there's a little glitch in the sound just before I say the title, which makes it sound like I say "The".

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=difpTdQHYaY

Jason, glad to hear you're going to the event on Saturday. See you then. It'll be the first signing I've done with Tim Rose since C4 and the first with Caroline Blakiston since C3, so I think we'll be co-signing a lot of the Mon Calamari photos I posted above. There'll be quite a few of us Star Wars and other guests there:

http://www.scifisouthcollectors.co.uk/

That's it for now. All the best.

Gerald
 
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I met Ailsa Berk YEARS AGO....She was working on a TV show called "The StoryTeller" Im glad to hear that she is still active and doing well.I would to see her at more Cons.Thx for the info.
 
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Great info mate... wish more actors would put info like this across to auto collectors. you a legend and more so to UK Fans,... you are the REAL Mr Muscle not that CGI abomination

I think I met you at your first signing at memorabilia here in the UK and your last at Newport. did try an come over an chat but Fon was getting a couple of bits signed and I was one of the stall holders... Glad to know you are well.
 
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karnorjax said:
Great info mate... wish more actors would put info like this across to auto collectors. you a legend and more so to UK Fans,... you are the REAL Mr Muscle not that CGI abomination
I had no idea Gerald was Mr Muscle, guess we do learn something new everyday.

Great post by the way Gerald, always great to have people involved with the films giving us new incite
 

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Hi Gerald

So, ROTJ credited mime artists, can you help fill the blanks here:

Franki Anderson - ?
Ailsa Berk - Amanaman
Sean Crawford - Yak Face
Andy Cunningham - Ephant Mon
Tim Dry - Whipid
Graeme Hattrick - ?
Phil Herbert - Hermi Odle
Gerald Home - Squid Head
Paul Springer - Ree Yees

cheers
 
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I always read that Franki A. was Bubociullar (misspelled?), the barking "dog" creature in the palace, but not sure of any other possible roles.
 
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A very quick reply:

Franki Anderson played Bubo. As far as I know she didn't do anything else on ROTJ.

I can tell you quite a lot about her. In fact, I'll tell you everything I know that's relevant about all us Mime Artists in a day or two when I have some photos ready to illustrate what I know. So please be patient my young Padawans.....(oops sorry, did I just write that??? I've embarrassed myself! Oh well...)

This is a great question, which I get asked a lot, so I'll be more that happy to tell you all I know.

Before that though, there are a few other things I'll post about.

Cheerio for now.

Gerald
 
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Franki just did Bubo. She signed a few years ago at a show in London and siad that that was all she did.

Gerald, last time I saw you I was working on my Jabba Picture.
It has come a long way since you last saw it at C4.

I hope you get a chance to come to Fan Days or C6 this year.

 
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Agreed! Gerald sent one of the nicest replies to a letter I've received. Would love to meet him at Fan Days. I will say it's disappointing to know I need to take a sig or two off my Jabba aliens shot though. Hopefully Springer does more shows so I can "correct" my piece.
 
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Gerald you have to contact Ben Stevensfrom C2 and bring all of the people you know to Fan Days or CVI, especially the ones who don't do shows frequently, like Franki Anderson for example.

Can't wait for more info.
 
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Such interesting posts from all of you. Thank you (and thank you again for the kind words). I wish I knew all your names so I could thank you personally.

I'm working on what info to tell you about we Mime Artists. It's going to take me a while to do that, and I want to tell you all that I know, so I don't want to rush it.

In the meantime, here are some replies to your latest posts:

Firstly, I don't like to think that what I've told you makes you feel your incorrectly-signed photos are now somehow tainted. Please don't look at it that way. Think of those photos now as a bit of history that will hopefully never be repeated - they were signed by people who weren't in them - and now enjoy having them signed by the person who really is in them.

Thanks for the suggestions. I do already know Ben (Stevens) and Philip (Wise). Don't forget, they organise the autograph guests for the Celebrations, so I've already worked with them on Celebrations 3 and 4. (I wish they had organised the guests for Celebration Europe too, but that's another story!) So they know me and I'm sure will have me back when the time is right. Not everyone can go to every event, after all.

I've already told Ben and Philip some of what I've told you all here, though I'll also be telling stuff I've never told before. Regarding potential guests, Ben has his nose firmly to the ground (if that's the right expression) and I'm sure he knows all about potential signers, and it wouldn't surprise me if he hadn't already been in touch with all the people you guys want to see at events.

One thing you might not know is that not everyone wants to do signings, even if they're offered a lot of money. This can be for a variety of reasons: they might be shy or they might not remember any of the filming. (As with all film sets, let's just say that a few people were constantly "high", so it's understandable that they can't remember anything! No names mentioned!) I have some actor friends who can't bear meeting the public. This can be because they don't like breaking the barrier between artist and audience, or, to be frank, they just don't like meeting fans. Sorry if that disappoints you, but it's the truth.

I've been in touch with Ben recently actually, asking him if he has this photo, which I'd love to use:



Ben replied that he thinks he has seen it somewhere and is keeping his eyes open for it. Hope he finds it. (I've seen a blurred, bad version of it.) I like it for several reasons:

- people often ask me if I have a photo of me with Boba Fett;
- I remember the photo being taken;
- I remember chats I had with Jeremy Bulloch and Ailsa Berk on set;
- this photo reminds me of a scene I'm in in the film that you might not be aware of! Let me explain...

After Jabba talks about his favourite decoration, the camera pans to Han in carbonite. On the way, you'll see the camera pass Boba Fett and then Amanaman who turn to look at Han. What you might not see is me. Yep, Tessek is there, beside Boba, but the camera is speeded up as it passes meso you're not aware I'm there. But if you freeze when the camera starts to pan, then proceed frame by frame, you'll see me there, like in the photo. I've often wondered why the camera speeds past me. It could be for effect - or it could be because I really couldn't and shouldn't have been there as moments before this I was sitting opposite Jabba, in an alcove with Claire Davenport, as you see here:



Finally, for those who don't know, let me explain about my other alter ego - Mr Muscle. (This isn't totally off-topic as it's kind of autograph related.) I was the original Mr Muscle in a series of TV commercials which were shown not just here in the UK, but also in much of Europe, and in Ireland, Australia, New Zealand and South Africa. The amazing thing is that when I go to events now, I often sign as many Mr Muscle photos as ROTJ ones, especially in Holland for some reason.

The commercials ran for nearly 10 years, 10 years during which Star Wars fans didn't know that the face inside Tessek was Mr Muscle! Nowadays, Mr Muscle is indeed an abomination - a muscle-bound CGI cartoon figure.

Anyway, have a laugh at my expense and look at the Mr Muscle photos in Gallery 1 - my career gallery - on my website, link below. There are 2 pages of photos, so click onto thumbnails 12 and 13 to see them. Not a pretty sight - Squid Head in his boxer shorts, but hey, an actor's got to make a living!

And if you're really keen, you'll find 6 of my Mr Muscle commercials/adverts on YouTube.

By the way, click onto the thumbnails in the Star Wars gallery (2) also. Some of you might even be in some of the photos there.

That's more than enough for now. More soon.

Gerald
 
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Sarasotarockstar said:
Agreed! Gerald sent one of the nicest replies to a letter I've received. Would love to meet him at Fan Days. I will say it's disappointing to know I need to take a sig or two off my Jabba aliens shot though. Hopefully Springer does more shows so I can "correct" my piece.
Springer is going to be at LFCC in July!
 
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Love those two pictures Gerald! Hope you get ahold of them, I'd take them both!
 
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By the way, in the very first creature picture in your first post, can you name who is in costume?

Sean Crawford
Tim Dry
Michael Carter
Paul Springer
Gerald Home

Do you know who the mystery costumers are?
 
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Yes, I can fill in some of the gaps concerning the Jabba's Aliens photo, but before that:

yes, Paul Springer will be at LFCC, so I hope you ask him lots of questions about which photos he's in as Ree Yees, a Gamorrean Guard and a Mon Calamari. I've tried to prepare him for the questions he's going to be asked, but I don't think he'll really realise what's in store until he's actually sitting there, talking to you. I'm sure he will be as eager for historical accuracy as performers like Mike Quinn and I are.

Don't ever be afraid to ask specific questions of signers. Those of you who meet Paul should take this opportunity to find out exactly what photos he's in. You'll be ambassadors for all the fans who are interested in such things!

There are several versions of that shot of Claire Davenport and myself asleep in the alcove. Here's another one. I love this photo, and how cool it would be to see it signed by Mark Hamill, Claire, myself and whoever is in the Gamorrean Guard costume! Too late to get Claire's autograph now, of course:



And now to the Aliens photo: I made it my business to find out as much as I could about this photo, because so many people have asked me about it. Various fans have told me the names of 3 of the extras in the photo: Hazel Allen is in the Yoxgit costume, her husband Peter Allen is Geezum, and the Gamorrean Guard (or Pig Guard as he was called in 1982) was Barry Robertson. I know many of you know all that already.

I had never heard of those names until quite recently, and I want to tell you why that is. Knowing why will help you understand various things. But before that, let me tell you about how I came to know the name Barry Robertson and talk to him:

a few years ago, I got an email from a fan I know saying he had sent Barry his Jabba's Aliens photo to sign, and that Barry had refused to return it to him. The photo had already been signed by others, so the fan was understandably eager to get it back. He asked me if I would ask Barry to return it. I told him I didn't know Barry, so he gave me Barry's contact details.

I contacted Barry, introduced myself and politely asked if he had the fan's photo, and, if so, asked him to return it to him - or send it to me and I'd send it to the fan.

Well, I was amazed at what Barry had to say. It was like the floodgates had opened, and it was a reminder that there are 2 sides to every story, and that things are not al;ways what they seem...

He was very upset, sounded very fragile, and he was terrified - yes, terrified - by the attention he was getting from some fans. He said he wanted nothing more to do with Star Wars and wished the whole thing would go away. He also said that he was fed up with signing several of the same photo for the same fan, and then seeing the photos on eBay a few weeks later. He went on to say that many fans had his address and he was terrified that they might turn up on his doorstep one day.

He was obviously distressed, so I told him that I was going to be at an event in his area soon (Birmingham Memorabilia) and invited him t come along and meet me, and I would put his mind at rest. He said he might come, but unfortunately he didn't and, as you know, he has since passed away.

I felt very sorry for him. He was clearly in a situation he didn't like and he didn't know how to get out of it. (Other people in his situation would simply never have signed anything.) I could understand some of his anxiety, but not all: the fan whose photo he had not returned was polite and not at all pushy, not a dealer, but he was made to suffer becuse of the actions of (a few) others.

Anyway, there you have some info from a point-of-view (Barry's) that you might never have heard before. Oh, and by the way, Barry did sign and return the Jabba's Aliens photo to the fan.

Finally, let me tell you 2 things which will explain to you why we performers often don't know who's in masked costumes, and in the process, I'lll talk more about the extras/performers situation:

1. On set, you always have to stay in position between shots. You can never move away, unless it's for a tea or lunch break. The reason for this is that the lighting and camera people will be lining up and arranging the next shot, so they need everyone to hold the positions they were in previously.

This often means that you don't get to speak to people elsewhere on the set. For example, I rarely spoke to Tim Dry and Sean Crawford during filming because we were on opposite sides of the set. (I've met them a lot in recent years though.) That's why I sometimes don't know who was inside a certain costume - the person inside the costume must have been far away from me, out of my eye-line.

The person I was next to most was Claire Davenport, so we talked a lot and got to know each other well. Here are a couple more pix of us:





2. Here's more info regarding extras and performers for you: in telling you this, please remember I'm not saying performers are superior or better - I'm merely saying how things are:

on TV, film and commercial sets, actors and extras don't mix. There are separate dressing room areas and separate dining areas, and we don't speak to each other on set. This can be awkward at times, and a large part of me hates it, but I can understand the reasons for it...

imagine yourself on a film set, in front of a camera, waiting to act and/or say lines of dialogue; you need to keep your concentration, which would be impossible if everyone around you spoke to you and tried to have conversations with you. So that's why it's an unwritten rule that extras and actors don't talk to each other on set. And that's why we Star Wars performers had no contact with the extras who were often in the same scenes as us - and that's why we don't know the names of the extras in many of the costumes. I hope that helps you understand what it's like on a set. That's just the way it is.

I'll give you another example: I did a TV drama a while ago, in which I played a judge. I was the only actor in the scene, along with about 10 extras. I felt quite awkward about the situation and always greeted them, but they'd never reply (I don't know if they're told not to) and every now and then I'd make a little comment, which they'd never reply to. Then one of them was given something to do: he had to hand me a plate of food. That broke the ice and from then on, he and I could chat between scenes.

I hope all this gives you a picture of what it's like on set and you understand why we often don't know the names of the still-unidentified characters in the Star Wars films.

(By the way, something I forgot to say in my original post: on set, extras are just as professional as performers. It's the OFF set behaviour of some of them that is objectionable. I hope you all realise that's what I mean.)

Yikes, I need to go and rest my typing finger!

Gerald
 
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Great stuff Gerald, and I love the photos. I hope Paul Springer will do a show in the States soon, would love to add him to a few things.
 
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Gerald,
Besides Barry Robertson, Simon Williamson and Paul Springer do you know of any other names of people that were in Gammorean Guard costumes? Recently we have been trying to put together a good list of people that played the Gammorean Guards.
 
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Yes, Hugh Spirit was also a Gamorrean Guard. In fact, i've seen him in a photo or documentary, on set, with the GG mask off, between shots. (Strange, I thought his name was Hugh Spite, but saw "Spirit" when I searched just now.)

I think Richard Robinson might also have been a GG. Simon Williamson is the guy to speak to about this. Like Simon, Hugh is credited as a puppeteer in ROTJ's credits.

I was going to give the following info later, but I might as well give it now:

Puppeteers and Mime Artists were all part of Phil Tippett's Creature shop, and we were very much part of a team, mixing together and hanging out together. Many of us had met on previous productions.

A little personal info: we MAs were very disappointed when we first saw a preview of ROTJ because the puppeteers are listed in the main cast, whereas we Mime Artists are listed in a separate section - at the end of the credits. We didn't know why, after all we had the same contracts and were in the same scenes as them! Oh well, better there than nowhere.

Something you should know about the Gamorrean Guard and camouflage Mon Calamari costumes (pic of the greeny colour Mon Cal camouflage costume in my original post above):

- those costumes were quite small, so only shorter people could fit into them. I'm 6' tall and wouldn't have fitted into those costumes. Simon, Hugh and Paul are shorter than me. Look at the pic above of me in between the 2 shorter Mon Cals (in the Mon Mothma photo) and you'll see how short the camouflage costumes were. Also look at pix of me beside/near the Gamorrean Guards and you'll see they're not towering above me, even though they have huge heads.

I distinctly remember a rushing around one day when a second GG was needed for a scene, but no one was available to wear the costume. In the end, a puppeteer was used.

Why is this height info important to you? Because it will get you thinking about the height of the people inside the costumes, and that in turn might help you identify who is inside the costume. To state the obvious, a taller person can't possibly be in a small costume, and vice versa. So maybe making a list of puppeteer and mime artist heights would help you with matching performers to creatures.

Cheers.

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who is in this pic on the left ?

if you look to the right of ackbars head you can see a
hand if there is someone behind ackbar would this be Gearld
making the guy on the right Paul???????????

 
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No! - you've got your lefts and your rights mixed up!

Your photo is a screen grab or is taken from the film, so:

as per what I wrote in my original post, in these Bridge shots when Ackbar is sitting, I'm standing, behind him at the back, working the switches/lights on the back wall. So the hand pointing towards the switches is mine!

And this is the one Mon Cal scene I specifically asked Paul about when we spoke recently, and he confirmed what Tim Dry and I have always believed - that it's him - Paul Springer - sitting in the screen left chair during the Battle of Endor. So that's Paul on the LEFT of the photo.

(But remember what I wrote originally: I am in that chair in still photos of that scene - ie in photos taken with an ordinary still camera.)

Gerald
 
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Thanks gerald thats good news its paul ill get him to sign it
 
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Awesome topic and the best read in ages!
Many Thanks for taking time to share your knowledge!
 
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