Mark Hamill has two roles in The Last Jedi (Picture: Disney/LucasFilm)Star Wars: The Last Jedi had an all-star cast with celebrity fans clamouring to get into the movie and land a cameo.
Royal princes William and Harry are alleged to have got a spot, Joseph Gordon-Levitt plays a role and now it’s been confirmed that Mark Hamill has a secret second role.
As well as playing Luke Skywalker, Hamill also managed to bag himself the role of a CG character called Dobbu Scay.
After a recent Last Jedi screening, Hamill joined writer-director Rian Johnson as well as several members of the crew for a Q&A.
During the credits, Hamill is credited with more than one character and he was asked about it, as he said coyly.
‘I don’t know what you’re talking about. I’m not telling. I like playing the mystery of it all,’ Hamill said.
As an accomplished voice actor, Hamill has hundreds of credits to his name on animated shows including as The Joker in DC’s Batman series and he asked Johnson for a CG character and ended up in the Canto Bright casino scene.
‘I said I’d love to do a CGI thing, and he said sure,’ he said.
‘And I got to go to the set of the casino and see in detail 150 extras in jaw-dropping costumes.’
While costume designer Mark Kaplan interjected: ‘200.’
It was then suggested, according to Entertainment Weekly, that Hamill’s Dobbu Scay character was an anagram for editor Bob Duscay.
To which Duscay said: ‘Could be.’
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While Johnson said: ‘That was Pablo Hidalgo having some fun.’
But it came as news to Hamill himself, as he said: ‘I thought he just shook up some Scrabble tiles and threw them on a table.’
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‘Antebellum’ has a ‘Get Out’ vibe, but doesn’t live up to its twist
“Antebellum” is built around a provocative twist, and it’s a good one — as well as one that definite..
“Antebellum” is built around a provocative twist, and it’s a good one — as well as one that definitely shouldn’t be spoiled even a little. Once that revelation is absorbed, however, the movie becomes less distinctive and inspired, reflecting an attempt to tap into the zeitgeist that made “Get Out” a breakthrough, without the same ability to pay off the premise.
Originally destined for a theatrical run, the movie hits digital platforms trumpeting a “Get Out” pedigree in its marketing campaign, since there’s an overlap among the producing teams.
More directly, the film marks the directing debut of Gerard Bush + Christopher Renz, who have championed social-justice issues through their advertising work. The opening script features a quote from author William Faulkner, whose intent will eventually become clearer: “The past is never dead. It’s not even past.”
If that sounds like a timely means of drawing a line from the horrors of slavery to the racism of today, you’ve come to the right place.
The story begins on a plantation, where the brutal overseers carry out grisly punishments against those tilling the fields. A few have just tried to escape, led by Veronica (Janelle Monae), and they pay a heavy price for their resistance, which does nothing to curb her defiance.
Also written by Bush + Renz, the script take too long before revealing what makes “Antebellum” different, but the middle portion — a “The Twilight Zone”-like phase when it’s hard to be sure exactly what’s going on — is actually the film’s strongest. (Even the trailer arguably gives away too much, so the less one knows, the better.)
The final stretch, by contrast, veers into more familiar thriller territory, and feels especially rushed toward the end, leaving behind a host of nagging, unanswered questions. That provides food for thought, but it’s also what separates the movie from something like “Get Out,” which deftly fleshed out its horror underpinnings.
Although the filmmakers (in a taped message) expressed disappointment that the movie wasn’t making its debut in theaters, in a strange way, the on-demand format somewhat works in its favor. In the press notes, Bush says the goal was “to force the audience to look at the real-life horror of racism through the lens of film horror. We’re landing in the middle of the very conversations that we hoped ‘Antebellum’ would spur.”
“Antebellum” should add to that discussion, so mission accomplished on that level. Monae is also quite good in her first leading film role (she did previously star in the series “Homecoming’s” second season), but otherwise, most of the characters remain underdeveloped.