ROTJ History: Gerald Home's Creature Info.

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Hey Gerald, welcome to the forums! Thanks for this info, it really helps. Here's some questions for you:

There are 3 GG's in this photo, do you know who they are? Simon Williamson told me he was one for sure. Also, how many GG's were in Jabba's Palace at one time, any idea?



Another GG to name if you can




I met Tim Rose about a month ago and he told me he believed the Mon Cal on the left was Robinson, so it's def Springer? I will ask him next weekend as well in London.

 
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Quote"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."

Great info. Richard Robinson is not a name I had on my list. Do you know if he still works on any shows? Would love to see him at a show one day.
 
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Thanks again Guys.

Kronet - I can't find your name anywhere, sorry - when you say you'll ask him next weekend, do you mean ask Tim Rose, in Eastleigh? If so, I'll see you there because I'm going too.

Sorry, but I know nothing about the Gamorrean Guard people. They would have all got changed in the same dressing room area, so talking to one of them is the best option. Once again, Simon Williamson would be the one to ask. But remember what I said before about the mixture of performers and extras - the performer GGs won't know the names of the extras GGs, and we know that at least one extra was a GG - Barry Robertson.

Corey, you'll find Richard Robinson credited as a puppeteer in the main cast. As I said before, I think he was a GG, and a Mon Calamari. I remember talking to Simon Williamson about Richard shortly after I started doing conventions. I'm pretty sure Simon said Richard had moved away from London. I also remember that Richard had a kind of home page or blog then, which I saw. If my memory serves me correctly, his blog said he would sign through the post for money, but not for free. As far as I know he has never done any shows and doesn't want to. But that's what I was told - I didn't hear it from Richard himself. Richard was a nice guy, so I hope he turns up eventually.

Tim Rose saying that he thought Richard was in that screen left chair during the Battle of Endor scenes has thrown a spanner in the works! Especially after Paul telling me it was him! Of course there's the possibility that each of them sat in that chair at one time or another.

As I said, I'll be seeing Tim Rose on Saturday, so I'll talk to him about all this then and let you know what he says.

Corey, I'll be back in the US later this year, at an event not too far from you, so maybe I'll see you there. (Time and place not yet officially announced.)

Now then, here's some more new info for you, which will help you understand why we're not sure who was what in some of the Mon Calamari scenes:

All the Jabba scenes were Main Unit scenes, and so we all had our own dressers in the Jabba scenes. The second they heard, "Cut!", they were there, helping us out of our masks and gloves/hands. We were very well taken care of. I'm sure you've seen this fantastic photo:



Some of the Mon Calamari scenes were also Main Unit, and we were well taken care of then too. But the Battle of Endor scenes were Second Unit and we didn't have dressers then. It was a case of putting the Mon Cal masks on and keeping them on for a long time. As you can imagine, once inside those masks we couldn't see where we were or who we were beside. Most of the time I had no idea who was beside me. And the longer the masks were kept on, the more sleepy and disoriented we felt inside them, and sound was very muffled which made things even worse. It took lots of concentration to stay alert and the last thing on our minds was who was in the costumes in those scenes. The others must have felt as I did, which is why we're all so vague about who was in those scenes. It's not that we don't remember, it's that we never knew.

Time for me to climb the stairs to my water tank for the night.

The Calamari Men.
 
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Gerald,
Can't wait to hear what show it is. I hope to see you there!
 
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As I've mentioned my call sheets, and some of you still haven't seen them, here they are. If you want higher resolution versions, you can get them on my website, and in one of the interviews I gave links to above.

Do you know that in Britain, call sheets are given out the day before filming, while in the US they're given out the morning of filming? Call sheets tell everything that will happen on the film that day.

And do you know the difference between white and lemon/yellow call sheets? In Britain, white call sheets meant main unit and lemon second unit. Look closely at the lemon one and you'll see the scenes filmed that day were Battle of Endor, blue screen scenes.

You'll find all kinds of details.....the named actors, what camera was needed, what Harrison Ford and Mark Hamill were doing that day - and a very important thing on British sets - how many people for tea! Everything stops for morning and afternoon tea on British sets, but not on American ones, I'm sorry to say!





And here are 2 pix a Star Wars fan made for me using my call sheets and photos of me as the Mon Calamari Officer. I love these:





Bye for now.

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Here goes with my detailed information about we 9 who are in the Return of the Jedi credits as Mime Artists:

Franki Anderson
Ailsa Berk
Sean Crawford
Andy Cunningham
Tim Dry
Graeme Hattrick
Phil Herbert
Gerald Home
Paul Springer

I have a lot of information that will be new to you, particularly about Paul Springer and Richard Robinson (credited in the film as a puppeteer).

It's best if I assume you know nothing, though I know many of you know a lot. I want this to be a kind of "historical record" of what I know and believe at this point in time.

Before I start , I want to say thank you to all the Scummers (?) - Rebelscum readers - who came to see me at the Sci-Fi South event yesterday, including Fon, MrT and Dave. It was a fantastic event and talking to you guys made it even better. I got a lot of new info from Fon (Jason), some of which had come from Graham Miles. I'll relay it to you in this post - as well as what Tim Rose had to say and the info I've received this week from Chris Wyman, who is a treasure trove of knowledge and has helped me a lot.

Please remember I'm not saying I know everything, because I don't. I know exactly what I did on ROTJ, and I know what many others did too, but I don't know all that they did and you should check everything I say about them with them. If I'm ever unclear about anything, I say so, but I have a very good memory and if I say something is fact, you can count on it.

So, go and get yourselves a nice cuppa tea (or whatever your tipple), put your feet up and I hope you enjoy reading this:

Here's a list of us creature performers from 1982 - puppeteers and mime artists - all part of Phil Tippett's team. (Notice his name is spelt wrongly.) I'll speak about some names on the list as I go along. You guys can have fun working out what it all means:



We were very much a team and worked and socialised closely together. There was no differentiation between one group and the other. Many people credited as puppeteers also played masked characters, and I believe some mime artists also did some puppeteering.

About the list:

What is/was "THE MOLE"? I have no idea. Does it have a new name nowadays? Does anyone know who played it?

"RED BALL JETT". I believe that's the piano/organ Max Rebo plays. The list says it's operated by "Mime Artist + Puppeteers", but I think it was totally operated by Simon Williamson. Check that with Simon, who was credited as a puppeter and also played a Gamorrean Guard and a Mon Calamari.

Head Hunter: "Mime Artist + Puppeteer". I don't know if there was a puppeteer off-set, behind Ailsa Berk, operating her pole/staff (whatever you call it). Again, check with Ailsa.

So, just because a list, or call sheet, has some info on it, it doesn't mean that that's exactly what happened during filming.

Now onto the individals:

Franki Anderson: played Bubo. She was about 6 months pregnant at the time. She operated Bubo from under the set, so we didn't see her much during filming. In a way, this was isolating for her, but it was also good because she escaped the incredibly hot and smoky atmosphere on set, which would have been a problem for a pregnant woman. I got to know Franki pretty well because we travelled to the studio together every morning in a car with Ailsa Berk. As stated elsewhere on the boards, Franki has done one signing, just outside London. I don't know what she thought of it, but you could ask Jabba's Left Arm, Toby Philpott, who still knows Franki. In fact, I don't think I'm giving away any personal information when I say Toby and Franki used to "step out together" (!). I was often beside Bubo on set, as you can see in these photos:







Ailsa Berk: played Amanaman (originally called Head Hunter?) Her name is pronounced like "ale" (beer) - ie ale-za. A lot of people call her Elsa. I knew her before filming. We met in 1978 at an audition for a BBC TV series. We were like best friends till just a few years ago when she moved out of London. Sadly, that often happens when people move away and you stop seeing them. She was a dancer originally - that was her profession. She has done a ton of work since ROTJ, choreographing and/or appearing in masked costumes in films, TV and commercials. In recent years, she has choreographed many episodes of Doctor Who. As I stated elsewhere, if you don't get a response via her agent, you could try writing to her c/o BBC TV, Cardiff, Wales, where the series is made. She has done signings, but I don't think she has signed for several years. Hopefully she will again, one day. Here's a photo of us taken at an event in Belgium a few years ago:



Sean Crawford: he played Yak Face and a Mon Calamari. He and Tim Dry (see below) knew each other before ROTJ. They were mime artists and had an act called Tik and Tok. You'll find them on YouTube. They both do conventions, though Tim is often on his own these days at events as Sean is tied up with family matters. Here's a photo of the 3 of us at an event in Germany last year:



Andy Cunningham: I have a ton of stuff to say about Andy! He played Ephant Mon, and I think he played a Mon Calamari also, though I'm not sure about that. And I also wonder if he played Shasa Tiel, the character on the right of this photo:



I didn't know this character's name till a few days ago when Chris Wyman gave me lots of info (thanks again Chris!) I asked him for the info because I have always been amazed that not one single Star Wars fan has ever asked me about this character, even though it is in several scenes.

I mention this character now because I wonder if it's Andy Cunningham inside the costume (even though the character is female). Look at the character in the Jabba's Palace scenes, and you'll see it's obviously a performer inside the costume. It's a very physical performance, and the shape of the body movements reminds me of Andy. If and when he's tracked down, you should ask him about this. Ephant Mon wasn't used in all the Jabba scenes, so Andy could have played both parts. Shasa Tiel is also in the Jabba's Aliens photo, and I can tell it's a performer, not an extra, in that photo. Of course I could be totally wrong about all this! But I for one would like to know who is inside the Shasa Tiel costume. Here's more info, courtesy of Chris:

http://starwars.wikia.com/wiki/Shasa_Tiel

Andy was a puppeteer and for many years, he had a programme called Bodger And Badger on BBC Children's TV. He created, wrote and starred in it. There are many articles and images about it online and loads of videos on YouTube. Here he is:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kwxQE0Jl20g

I worked with Andy's ex-partner some years ago in a stage play. They're still in touch as they have a child together, now grown-up. I gave Andy my best wishes through her, and he gave me his. Sadly, she said that Andy doesn't really remember much about filming ROTJ.

You could try writing to him at the BBC. Ask them to forward your letter to him, and you could try writing to him at Actors' Equity. Not all actors are members of Equity these days, but it's another route you could try. You could also see if he's registered at The Puppet Centre.

Tim Dry: played Tooth Face, now known as J'Quille, Whiphid. I've nothing more to say about Tim, other than what I've said in Sean Crawford's section.

Graeme Hattrick: Graeme was the only non-performer out of the 9 of us. My memory is that he was Australian and his background was on the production side of things and he wanted to be a director. He was a kind of back-up, to take on whatever had to be done. I think I'm right in saying that he wasn't given a specific creature to play. I don't know for sure. You could ask Tim Dry about him as he, Tim and Sean travelled to Elstree every day in the same car, so they got to know him better than I did.

Phil Herbert: played Hermi Odle. Phil is the only other person on the list, besides myself, who trained primarily as an actor. Like me, he has done all sorts of acting jobs and he's still acting. I'm sure you can find lots of stuff about him on the internet. He has done signings, so he'll probably turn up at more.

Gerald Home (me!): played Tessek-Squid Head and the Mon Calamari Officer. Often called Squid Face, Squiddy, or variations of that during filming. I didn't know he'd been re-named Tessek until 2003, and it was only then that I discovered there was a Mon Calamari Officer action figure too. I had studied mime at drama school and been in a mime show early in my career. Though employed as a mime artist on ROTJ, Stuart Ziff - a member of the creature and production team who knew I was an actor - recommended me for some experimental additional scenes. These involved me speaking dialogue with Ackbar. They were un-used because my mouth wasn't articulated for speaking, and also they were only experimental. As such, they weren't cut from the film - they were never intended to be used. But I'm amazed not more of you know about them. I posted them in a previous post and they're on my website. I've done tons of work in my 34 years as an actor, and hope to do tons more. Some of my work is on YouTube. Hopefully you won't find the stuff I've tried to bury!

Paul Springer: played Ree Yees, a Gamorrean Guard and a Mon Calamari. Paul was the human Ree Yees in Jabba's Palace - Mike Quinn was the puppet Ree Yees. Paul is American, but has lived in the UK for a very long time. I won't write any more biographical info about him, because he can now talk for himself: as you all know, he "disappeared" for a long time, but has now resurfaced and is about to do his first public signing. I hope you'll take the opportunity to ask him many questions and ask him exactly where he is in all the photos, and which character he played in each scene. That'll clear up any confusion that now exists about such things.

I told you that he recently confirmed to me that he is the screen left Mon Calamari in photos of the Battle of Endor scenes. One of you then said that Tim Rose recently told you it was Richard Robinson, the puppeteer.

Well, I spoke to Tim about this yesterday, and he was adamant that it's Richard in that chair.

BUT!!! There is even more confusion! I heard yesterday that Richard said it ISN'T him!!!

So, Paul says it's him; Tim says it's Richard; Richard says it's not him!

I guess it's possible both Paul and Richard could have sat in that chair on different days of filming. That's why it's important you ask Paul about this. Those of you who see Paul, please give him my best wishes.

And now for more info about Richard Robinson, which Tim Rose gave me yesterday:

- he and Richard worked on many productions together, and he has tried to get in touch with Richard many times, and has spoken to people who don't forward his messages.
- he saw Richard being interviewed on TV recently. I don't know what about. It seems he's now some kind of professor at a university in Sussex.
- here's Richard's info/site, which is easily found online. I have to warn you that I suspect Richard doesn't want anything to do with his Star Wars history. If I'm wrong about that, I apologise to him:

http://www.smagic.demon.co.uk/contact.html

That's it from me. I hope you find this helpful. Ask as many more questions as you like: I'm here to help.

My very best wishes.

Gerald
 
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Lots of good stuff here, thanks for taking the time to ask about this and sharing it with us. I was the one who said Rose said it was Robinson sat next to him, the name's Jeff btw. I'm more likely to believe Springer, but then again who has the better memory?
 
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This is so great. Definitely feel more comfortable now starting a ROTJ multi-piece, for both the Mon Cal and the Jabba's Palace denizens. Thank you, sir!
 
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Best.Thread.Ever!
 
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Thank you all so much for the feedback. Sometimes I wonder if I'm giving you the info you want, but from what you say, it looks like I am. Thanks.

Jeff, I told Tim Rose about you on Saturday. He remembered your conversation.

Who has the better memory of the two? I know, but I can't tell! That's one thing you'll have to decide for yourselves!

Speaking of Tim Rose, he and I did a fantastic signing tour of Japan a few years ago, during which a clever Star Wars fan asked us to re-create our classic photo from 1982, so we did. It was great fun. For those of you who haven't seen it on my website, here it is, re-creating our 1982 pose nearly 25 years later:



And here's my webmaster's doctored version of the same photo:



By the way, some of you will know Matt Glasgow, my webmaster in New Zealand, from the International Collector/Collecting Panel he was on at C3 (maybe C4 too).

Back to your point, Jeff: speaking generally, and not implying anyone in particular (!) I have to tell you that I've been at an event with a certain SW person where they've given one version of what happened on set, only to give a different version a couple of months later at a different event! They're not dishonest, and they don't tell lies...I think they just forget what they've said before, and say whatever comes into their head next time they're put on the spot and asked the same question. That's not a criticism, merely an observation, though, in practical terms, I will say it makes it difficult for me - and the other listeners - to work out the true facts.

But I'm truly convinced that the more these things are discussed, the more answers will be found.

By the way, do any of you know who or what "The Mole" is/was?

Cheers.

Gerald
 
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Hi Gerald,
Interesting thread! The Mole was Elom later named Tanus Spijek played by Graeme Hattrick. You can tell it's him because in the documentary about the creatures of Return of the Jedi, they show you a scene being filmed and when "cut" is called lots of assistants run up to the creatures and stick hair dryers any which way they can to get you all cool. They go up to Elom (mole backwards! That Lucas was a canny guy)and pull the mask off revealing Graeme underneath. Hope life is good for you.
Lee (who had the pleasure of turning up on your doorstep with my pal Ben years and years ago to tell you all about Tessek, I sent you the new figure too!). I look forward to catching up again - it's been too long!
 
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Lee,

Fantastic information! Thank you. You've tied up a lot of bits and pieces of info that have been floating around in my head. I don't ever remember hearing the words "The Mole" said on set, so maybe that creature had a second name then too, much as I was often called Squid FACE.

Other readers might be interested to know that you were the first Star Wars fan I ever met face-to-face, you and Ben, and I think it must have been before I did my first-ever event in 2003 because I didn't know anything till you told me!

I didn't know Squid Head had been given the name Tessek, that there was a Tessek action figure and a Mon Calamari Officer action figure! And yes, Lee did send me a Tessek action figure, which I've still got.

Hope to meet up again before too much longer. All the best and thanks again for the valuable info!

Gerald
 
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Gerald,
thank you very much for very interesting stories. I had pleasure to listen you twice during events in Poland, but I see that you still have so many interesting information for Star Wars fans. I am glad that you are here with us. Thank you very much.
 
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Gerald,
Can you tell us any info about scenes inside of Jabba's palace versus scenes inside the Sail skiff (Jabba's Barge). Were these inside shots done at the same time and were you a part of both shoots?

 

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I had a feeling Graeme Hattrick would turn out to be ELOM and I remember the clip you mentioned from the Classic Creatures Making of doc.

I was kind of hoping he would actually turn out to be Klaatu.

Do we even know who played Klaatu in the palace scenes?
 
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MrT said:
Do we even know who played Klaatu in the palace scenes?
John Simpkin, he's signing at LFCC this weekend!
 
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How do you feel about Lightning Bear?
 
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I think it's fun that the Calamari Cruiser is called "Home One". An homage, or a coincidence?
 
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Wow, your questions are good - too good! They bring lots of memories and information to mind - all of which I'd like to tell you, but it could take ages, so I'll try to be brief. The trouble is I could write pages about all your questions, and I hate being brief!

Ok, in this post I'm going to talk about:
- filming on the Sail Barge set - yes Corey, I'm in those scenes too.
- Poland, because we have Polish readers here - hello Kasia! - and I want to tell you about a very exciting thing I did in Poland last year, which I'd love to do everywhere I meet Star Wars fans.
- photographs! Yes, I think we should talk about the actual subject of this forum, so first of all, I'm going to tell you about 2 still photos sessions that I did that I've not mentioned to you before:

I remember doing a session in Jabba's Palace. The studio and set were quite empty at the time. I was standing behind Jabba. On my left was Bib Fortuna/Mike Carter, on my right was a Jawa. That's all there was. I've never seen a photo of this, so maybe it doesn't exist.

The other still session was on the Sail Barge. Carrie Fisher was pulling Jabba's chain and she was standing slightly behind him. I was standing slightly behind her, near the camera. I haven't seen a photo like that either, so maybe it doesn't exist.

Hopefully those, and other photos will turn up in time. In fact, I was talking to someone at Celebration 3 who told me there were rolls of film that hadn't been developed yet. The trouble is that these old films/photos can be in a bad state or disintegrating, and it takes a lot of time, patience and skill to restore them. I won't give the person's name here, but he's someone who knows about such things.

While on the subject of photos: the original Lucasfilm images vary in size - they're not the 8"x10"s you get from actors at conventions. Decisions have to be made about how to crop the images in order to make them 8"x10". As an example, here's my Sail Barge Gang photo (signed with a favourite inscription!) alongside the original Lucasfilm image. Notice how much more there is in the original - an extra creature, in fact. In order to get all the original onto an 8"x10" photo, there would have to be a border around the image, and that wouldn't look good, in my opinion - but I suspect you autograph hunters would like to have the complete image, with the character on the right of the photo!



Here's a nice picture of us creatures on the Sail Barge:



The main difference between filming the scenes in Jabba's Palace and on the Sail Barge was the atmosphere. It was much cooler on the Sail Barge. There were often over 100 people on the Jabba set, the lights were hot and there were machines pumping out smoke, so the atmosphere was often stifling. As Lee pointed out above, we had lots of helpers who rushed to take off our masks the moment they heard, "Cut!" There were fewer people on the Sail Barge set, so it wasn't quite as hot and oppressive there.

I'm often asked to talk about the R2-D2 drinks trolley bit. We rehearsed that scene before shooting and the drinks flew everywhere, causing a big mess. After that, the scene was simplified to what you see on screen now, with no liquid flying and no mess.

My memory is that we filmed the Sail Barge scenes after the Jabba's Palace scenes, which was after some of the Mime Artists' contracts had come to an end and they were no longer there. Some of us Mime Artists worked on the film for longer than others, and those of us who played Mon Calamari worked for even longer. I have documents that I received in 1986 which give all that info.

Here's a fantastic Sail Barge photo. It was on the DVD, I think. I love it because it shows something I did during filming which you don't see on screen. In case you can't tell, I'm doing drunk acting!



As I've said many times before, we Mime Artists were supposed to be heavily featured in the Jabba's scenes. We weren't supposed to be in the background. We had 2 days rehearsal on set before filming started, during which time we worked out how to move in our costumes, and the puppeteers worked out how to operate their characters. My main memory of the rehearsal period is the difficulty the Jabba operators had with his eyes. One eye would go in one direction and the other in the other direction! It took a lot of rehearsal to get it right. And his movements made very loud mechanical noises, which you don't hear in the film. Even during filming, he made a lot of noise.

There weren't many other people around during rehearsals, just a few painters, carpenters, electricians etc. Unfortunately, once the actors, extras, production people, crew, make up, costume people, and so on turned up, we kind of disappeared and got lost in the background. That's why you don't see more of us.

So it's always nice for a performer when a photo turns up that shows some of the work he did that's never been seen before.

Now on to Poland and the presentation I made there last year, which I'd like to do for all of you:

I've been to Poland 4 times in 4 years, the first time in 2007. That was the first time they'd had Star Wars actors to an event. The SW scene there has developed quickly since then and several other SW actor guests have also been to events there, including Steve Sansweet just a few weeks ago.

The big difference between fandom in Poland and other places is that we saw Star Wars in 1977. We could get SW books, action figures, you name it, but countries under Soviet rule, such as Poland, didn't get any of that till 2 years later.

I've heard many touching stories about how people started seeing these incredible black and white photos of aliens and spacecraft in photocopied German magazines that they bought in flea markets. They became fascinated with these photos and that's how they found Star Wars - while the rest of us were able to watch the film in cinemas. I guess all of that history is partly why a little bit of my heart now belongs to Polish fandom.

Nowadays, they're just as clever and knowledgable as SW fans everywhere, and they have the bootleg history too, which is fascinating. Kasia, who posted above, is a vintage expert.

As my visit last year was my 4th visit, I thought I should do a different kind of presentation, panel, Q & A, whatever you want to call it, as a lot of the fans have heard me speak before. So I did my usual presentation/Q & A one day, and the next day the DVD of Return of the Jedi was projected onto a big screen while I did a stop-and-start commentary! It was fantastic. By stopping and starting the film, I was able to talk about everything that was on screen, and tell exactly what happened during the filming of those scenes. It brought back many memories and was a good alternative to the usual presentation. I don't think any other SW actor has done that before and I hope I'll be able to do it again.

Here are 2 photos from a similar presentation:





That's it for now. I hope I've answered the Palace/Sail Barge question for you.

EDIT: I just saw the "Home One" post. Haha...it's not an homage, but as for coincidence...who knows?!

Gerald
 
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Great post Gerald. Do you remember the photo below? We were such young kids back then.
 
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Great photo Kevin! Incredible to think it was taken nearly 2 years ago.

If anyone's wondering why we're posing like we are, it's to emulate how you always see me stand as Tessek! (Squid Head Deportment Lessons gladly given, but as I'm an accountant - Jabba's accountant - a small fee would have to change hands, tax-deductible of course.)
 
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Not to get off topic, but I love this quote, it's going up in my classroom


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If one is to understand the great mystery, one must study all its aspects. Not just the dogmatic, narrow view of art school.
 
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What a great thread Gerald - thoroughly enjoyed reading it!
 
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Mr_Vader said:
Not to get off topic, but I love this quote, it's going up in my classroom


KLiell39 said:
If one is to understand the great mystery, one must study all its aspects. Not just the dogmatic, narrow view of art school.
Glad you liked it. I'm a Star Wars artist and huge Palpatine fan, so I bridged the two.
 
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Hey Kevin, great to see you here!! We'll be seeing you again at ComiConn!!!
 
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Rob and Kevin, you intellectuals you - you've totally scrambled my poor watery Mon Cal brain. I've no idea what you're talking about! Are you talking about Kevin's drawings on the wall behind us? (It might be kinder to leave me in ignorance than to explain.)
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Jase, welcome! Great to have a Rebel Legion UK member here.

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Here's a link to the Puppeteers UK site, which you may find useful if you're trying to track down any puppeteers. It has many puppeteers listed on it:

http://www.puppeteersuk.com/

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And as this is the Photograph section (!) here's a photo of The Big Man himself, Dave Prowse, taken at his birthday celebration on Saturday. His 76th birthday was actually on Friday. As you see he's looking well. In a wheelchair, but getting stronger all the time:



Gerald
 
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Gerald, he is talking about my signature at the bottom of my posts. Its an edited Palpatine quote. See it below: "If one is to understand the great mystery..."
 
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Hey Kevin, great to see you here!! We'll be seeing you again at ComiConn!!!
I will definitely be at ComiCONN on August 27. We have several Star Wars panels occurring, which I will be hosting.

We have a three round Star Wars Trivia Contest (a smaller version of the contest I hosted at CV).
An interview with SW documentary director Chris Match,
And a Q&A with Star Wars actor Anthony forrest.

More info for the convention can be found here: http://comiconn.com/
See you there...
 
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Yes this is awesome...after all these years since the movies came out, who would believe something like this would be available.
 
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Help me Rebelscummers, you're my only hope!

Does anyone have any info about these 2 very rare Tessek-Squid Head photos, which I'd love to get?



I found the one above on a Polish website ages ago. The only other place I've ever seen it (in a more complete version) is on the cover of this book:



The only place I've ever seen the full length profile photo of Tessek was in the Star Wars Fact File. Here's a scan of the page it's on (I don't know the legality of posting such a pic. Someone please PM me if I should remove it):



Here's the cover of the mag that photo is in:



I'd appreciate any info anyone has about these photos.

Cheers.

Gerald

(PS Thanks Kevin, mystery solved.)
 

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Spoke with Paul Springer today at LFCC. He confirmed that he did nearly all of Ree Yees, all the Palace scenes and most of the Sail Barge stuff, however there was a little background sail barge stuff he didnt do as Ree Yees, so this supports Richard Bonehills claim of being Ree Yees on the Sail Barge. Also confirmed he is Ree Yees in the group alien photo that Gerald posted at the very beginning of this thread.

He confirmed he did a lot of stuff as a Gamorrean Guard but the only specific bits he remembers are as follows: The scene just after Han is defrosted and the curtain is drawn back to reveal Jabba and Co watching, he is a Gamorrean in that and the scene when Luke and Han are dragged before Jabba before being sent to the Sarlac, Paul is the Gamorrean who man handles Han Solo in that scene.

I very nice guy, although he admitted his memory of things from the movie is not great.
 
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I really hope Paul does Fan Days or C6. Would love to meet him, Ree Yees is one of my favorite characters. I also just bought a nice 11x14 to start a Gam Guard piece.
 
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I'm glad to hear you had a good time with Paul Springer on Sunday. He told me today that it went very well for him too.

As I wrote in my original post, and Paul has now confirmed, he was Ree Yees in all the Jabba's Palace scenes, and in the still photos of Jabba's creatures - and that includes the one in Jabba's Palace where most of us are behind Jabba. (I'm at the very back of the group - tall people and creatures always get put in the back.)

I didn't mention Ree Yees on the Sail Barge in my original post, because I knew there was some "controversy" over this issue: I distinctly remember Paul as Ree Yees on the Sail Barge, but in recent years many fans, and Tim Dry, have told me that Richard Bonehill was at one time on the Sail Barge as Ree Yees, so I didn't want to mention this subject until after Paul gave you the exact facts, which only he really knows. Now that he's told you, I can confirm what he said: I saw him as Ree Yees on the Sail Barge, and Tim Dry saw Richard B there too. As several of you have said, that means Richard can legitimately sign Ree Yees photos on the Sail Barge, as can Paul, but only Paul is entitled to sign Ree Yees in any photo connected with Jabba's Palace - not that I'm trying to be a policeman here! I'm merely trying to achieve historical accuracy.

As far as I'm concerned (and Paul S and Tim D agree with me) we now have confirmation of what Tim D, Sean C and I have been saying for years - the performers in this photo are (from left to right):

Paul Springer, Gerald Home, Tim Rose, Sean Crawford, Tim Dry. I'm so glad Paul is now on the scene and I look forward to the day when we 5 are all together and we can sign this photo (or a similar Battle of Endor pic).



PS I know someone else says it's Richard Robinson in these scenes, but Richard categorically denies that and none of us remembers ever seeing him on the Sail Barge.

PPS I know I keep banging on about it, but please remember: in the still photos on the Bridge set, I'm the Mon Cal sitting in the screen left seat Paul's in in this photo.

Gerald
 
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That picture would make a great 11x14 or 16x20 group signed shot. It was cool when the 4 of you were at C4, but all 5 would be even better!
 
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I have some more ROTJ info for you, concerning this fantastic photo which clearly shows the velcro straps that kept our Mon Cal masks in place during filming :



A Star Wars fan recently sent me the photo and asked me if I knew who the guy is. I didn't know, so I did some detective work (just call me Sherlock) and found out all about him.

His name is Kirk Thatcher, and he's in the ROTJ credits as a "creature technician". He worked in the creature shop at ILM prior to filming, but didn't come to the UK with Phil Tippett's team (which is why I didn't know who he was) and worked on the film again when production moved back to the US.

You can read about him in this interesting 2-part interview. Trekkies amongst you will enjoy reading what he did in ST!

http://uk.movies.ign.com/articles/035/035854p1.html

http://uk.movies.ign.com/articles/035/035855p1.html

Finally, for those of you who read Sci-Fi Now magazine, they have published Part 1 of a new series called The Greatest Sci-Fi Films of all Time. Of course Star Wars is heavily featured in it and I hear the interview I did with the magazine a couple of years ago is re-printed in it:



Happy Reading!

Gerald
 
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Kirk Thatcher also worked on all the Classic Trek movies for ILM. In fact, he is the punk on the bus in Trek IV that Spock gives the neck pinch too. He signed a card for the Trek movies autograph set.
 
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Hi Gerald!

The character nicknamed 'The Mole' is called Tanus Spijek and belongs to the Elom species, hailing from the planet Elom. http://nl.starwars.wikia.com/wiki/Tanus_Spijek

I just want to ring in to say that I've known Gerald for several years mostly through e-mail communication. Last year I was finally able to meet him during a fine event in Germany where TeeKay-421 was able to visit.

I've met many actors and people that were or are involved with SW and Gerald is absolutely the nicest person I have met. He is always eager to talk about his experiences in RotJ and has a vivid memory of everything that happened. He has lots of great anecdotes.
 
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