Jun 5, 2014

Cameos you may have missed in the Star Wars films

Richard Marquand Cameo return of the jedi
Could this be the director of Return of the Jedi taking part in the Battle of Endor? Why yes, yes it is!

Star Wars has plenty of cameos

You just need to know where to look!

The Star Wars films are full of cameo moments by people related to the films in some way.

Whether they were the son of a certain director, a certain director himself or an actor famous for wearing a golden suit or short fella known for his role as Wicket in Jedi, there's been plenty of fun had amongst the casting of many faces in the films.

Here's the list of cameo spots in Star Wars but bear in mind that it is not all inclusive, it features only the cameos of fairly well known persons - there are many cameos by production staff and friends of the Lucas realm that are not included.

Prequel films:

The Phantom Menace
Warwick Davis as Weazel in Phantom Menace
Davis on the right of Watto.
  • Warwick Davis who is famous for playing Wicket made a turn as Weazel. He's actually appeared in Star Wars many times.
  • Sound man Ben Burt turned up as a noble man. 
  • Francis Ford Coppola's daughter Sofia turned up as one of Padme's aides. Sofia went on to win an Academy Award for her script for Lost in Translation. 
Attack of the Clones
  • Think back to Attack of Clones where Obi Wan and Anakin chase Padme's would be assassin to the bar. After Obi Wan strikes with his light saber a white haired man is shown. This is none other than Anthony Daniels, that actor who plays C3PO. Oh my! Ahmed Best is in the scene too but best not to mention that too loudly in case the Jar Jar haters are listening
Revenge of the Sith 
  • George Lucas famously turned up dressed in blue.
  • Anthony Daniels did a cameo as a solider called Dannl Faytonni
  • Jeremy Bulloch who is a very popular element of Boba Fett did a fairly genuine cameo as Jeremoch Colton, the captain of the Sundered Heart.
  • Jett 'son of George' Lucas has a small but cool role as a young Padawan who attempts to get to Bail Organa but is killed by the Storm Troopers. 
Original Trilogy:

A New Hope 
  • This was the first film so there was not a real tendency to cast people in the know by way of self referential cameos. Except for one. Joe Johnston donned a Storm Trooper costume for a couple of scenes. Johnston of course was responsible for designing the Tie Fighter and other space ships for the film. He went on to become a fairly good director in his own right.
The Empire Strikes Back

  • Ralph McQuarrie, the famed designer of the look of the Star Wars universe has a brief cameo in Empire during the Hoff base opening events.
  • That chap to which Han Solo retorts, "Then I'll see you in Hell!" just before he heads out into the dark knight to find a certain missing Jedi? That's Cliff Clavin from Cheers AKA John Ratzenberger. Hey Norm!
  • That's Ralph with the folder. Good folder holding Ralph!
  • While Jeremy Bulloch is known for playing Boba Fett, he had a small role as an Imperial Officer in Empire Strikes Back - he's the one escorting Leia once she has been captured by Vader. Whether this counts as a cameo or he was just filling in, I'm not sure because he wasn't 'famous' still after the film came out.
Return of the Jedi 
  • The film's director Richard Marquand had a go piloting an AT-AS walker in Return of the Jedi.
  • Marquand also did the voice of the robot EV9D9 on Jabba's sail barge - he's the one who gives R2D2 and C3PO their jobs. 
The Force Awakens

The list is too long to go here, so check the cameo list here!

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