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Monday, June 21, 2010

Star Wars' Greek Connection

My favorite British/Greek, met during my recent vacation, is Sofka Zinovieff - the granddaughter of Robert Herber Percy, who was the lover of Lord Berners who built the famous Faringdon Folly in England in 1935.  Sofka is a writer/artist married to Vassillis Papadimitriou, media consultant to Greek Prime Minister George Papandreou, now living outside of Athens. 

So, what's the Star Wars connection?

Bob Canning, one of the contributing authors on the book George Lucas's Blockbusting: A Decade-by-Decade Survey of Timeless Movies Including Untold Secrets of Their Financial and Cultural Success, is also a notable playwright.  His play Faringdon Follies is about Sofka's grandfather and Lord Berners and is being performed July 11, 2010 in Faringdon, UK during its arts festival.  Jeremy Bulloch, the man behind the mask of Boba Fett in The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi will read the parts of three characters in the play.

During my life at Lucasfilm, I was always fond of the character of Boba Fett starting years ago when Joe Johnston modeled the original costume at our San Anselmo office.  It seemed like Boba was doomed when he fell into the Sarlacc pit in ROJ but we brought him back to life in the spin off fiction where, I believe, he continues to live a long, healthy life.

It's nice to know that one of my favorite Star Wars characters is now related through Bob Canning's play to one of my favorite new real life characters!

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