Carrie Fisher Dishes on Return to ‘Star Wars’

4 Dec 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Daisy Ridley and Jimmy Fallon Play a ‘Star Wars’-Themed Game of Flip Cup.

These days the costumed villains of the 501st Legion’s Capital City Garrison are getting more event requests than they can shake a Stormtrooper blaster at. “These stories stay with you since childhood, and the outfits are so iconic,” says Derek McDonald, commanding officer of the local Garrison – whose members make public appearances in Ottawa and Eastern Ontario. “People love to see these characters brought to life.

The cast of “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” have been on a media blitz lately – which might have something to do with a little film that’s opening on Dec. 18. Requests increased dramatically this year.” The reboot’s mysterious, masked villain, Kylo Ren, could become the next seminal Star Wars costume, McDonald explains. Take Thursday’s “Tonight Show,” for example: Actress Daisy Ridley played a round of Flip Cup with Jimmy Fallon, which was “Star Wars“-ified for your viewing pleasure. Fans may cheer for the good guys, but they love dressing bad to the bone. “I love being a Stormtrooper because it’s just awesome standing behind Darth Vader,” says the Garrison’s executive officer Kevin Presseault. “He’s cool… but with 10 Stormtroopers standing behind him, he’s epic. Really, all that meant was Ridley (who plays Rey in the upcoming movie) and Fallon wore some funky R2-D2 and C-3PO caps, and the plastic red Solo cups used for the game were renamed “Han Solo” cups. (Plus they had images of Harrison Ford as Han emblazoned on them.) Oh, and as an added bonus, any time a player flipped a cup, they would hear a sound bite of Chewbacca moaning (or maybe he’s just saying “Hey” – Wookiee all sounds the same to me).

But Ridley was a great sport about the whole thing, even taking her brutal loss in stride after Fallon celebrated his win by sweeping all of the cups off the table and proudly declaring, “The force awakens!” When we dress up as the bad guys, everyone loves to hate us.” A pastor at Gloucester’s Greenbelt Church, Presseault seems like an odd fit for the 501st – also known as “Vader’s Fist.” But he’s using the Dark Side for good. Everyone gives you a hug.” Making the costume cost Lavictoire nearly $1,000, and involved manually attaching fake hair to a mesh suit, and a hand-sculpted silicon mask.

The priciest outfits, such as Vader or bounty hunter Boba Fett, can cost more than $3,000 and take anywhere from weeks to months to build – and yet most local members have more than one. They are just completely enamoured that there is a new Star Wars out there, and a lot of them are speculating on what’s going to happen.” On a recent Thursday night, Cantina was largely populated by 30- and 40-something fantasy board game players in T-shirts.

Framed, rare photos of characters line the walls – all candid pics from the original trilogy shoot: an Ewok actor without his furry mask; puppeteer Frank Oz holding Yoda; actress Carrie Fisher laughing it up on a beach in Leia’s famous golden bikini. The helmet is reminiscent of Darth Vader.” Lavictoire is just excited “a galaxy far, far away” is ready for another close up. “We’ll learn what has happened in the 30 years since (Return of the Jedi)!” Presseault will attend the film with the mindset of the boy he once was. “To go back and see the further adventures of Luke, Han Solo and Princess Leia… for me they can do no wrong.

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