Feb 10, 2014

Who is Mon Mothma? What was that famous quote about Bothans? Was she really in Revenge of the Sith or did I miss something?

Tell me really quickly, who is Mon Mothma?
Caroline Blakiston as Mon Mothma in Return of the Jedi
Caroline Blakiston as Mon

She was the  leader of the Galactic Senate's Loyalist faction and vehemently opposed Supreme Chancellor Palpatine's policies during the final days of the Republic. Working in secrecy, she helped found the Rebel Alliance, and then served as its civilian leader during the long war against the Evil Empire.

What's the deal in terms of the films?

Mon Mothma's character was created specicially for Return of the Jedi. She was played by English Actress Caroline Blakiston who had previously built up a large body of television credits. Mon Mothma is regular cited by people as being the only female character with lines in Star Wars movies - this is not actually true - everyone always forgets dear Aunt Beru! (Lucas did try to get some female X Wing pilots into Jedi but left them on the cutting room floor). 

In a manner similar to how Admiral Ackbar gained a certain element of popularity, Mon Mothma also had quite the fan base and the character has been featured heavily in the expanded Star Wars canon. Her popularity was further cemented by having the character have a presence in Revenge of the Sith - though the scenes where she spoke were actually cut!

On that occasion, Genevieve O'Reilly took the part. Here's a deleted scene of Mon discussing the politics of the Chancellor and the actions they may take to counter his influence in the Senate with other politicians, notably Bail Organa and Padme. 

You can see another scene with Mothma here.

Rogue One

This 4th Star Wars prequel features the return of Mon Mothma, again played by O'Reilly. The beauty of the casting is that as its been over 10 years since she played Mon in Revenge of the Sith, she has aged just as the character would have so she looks the part.

Genevieve O'Reilly as Mothma
Quotes from Jedi 

Given Mon Mothma had only one short scene, here's her two lines. Let's start with Mon Mothma's most famous quote that came from Return of the Jedi:

"Many Bothans died to bring us this information."

People use this line all the time to preface the delivery of some kind of information. Usually it's Star Wars related!

"The Emperor's made a critical error, and the time for our attack has come"

Well, in the end she was right but the Emperor had a whole plan in motion to lure out Luke and to destroy the Rebels so when she said it, she was kinda wrong....

What does Blakiston think about her Star Wars legacy?

Here's a choice quote from the actress about the role:

"Certainly people are always very envious of me. When I join a new theater company, the other actors look down the program, see my Return of the Jedi credit and say, 'Oh, you were part of Star Wars.' I smile and say, 'Yes, but only for twenty-six and a half seconds.'"

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