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derek
01-25-2002, 12:46 AM
the actor who played captain panaka said in an interview recently(archived at theforce.net) that the reason he wasn't in episode 2 was becasue lucas refused to pay him a "fair" wage after the success of episode 1. i liked his character and would of liked to see him in E2. i also wishthe girl who portrayed sabe would of been included also.:D

GNT
01-25-2002, 01:25 AM
I heard he choose not to do it cause he didn't want to ?

Co Jo-Da
01-25-2002, 02:02 AM
Originally posted by GNT
I heard he choose not to do it cause he didn't want to ?

I heard the same...

Lord Tenebrous
01-25-2002, 09:20 AM
My idea of a "fair sum" for Hugh Quarshie would be $20 and a book of McDonald's vouchers. He'd be paid less than in TPM because of less screen time, so I figure if he was offered 1/4 of what he earned for the last film, he should be gracious.


But I never liked the guy, and I don't care what his excuse is, he's not in AOTC, and I'm glad. Panaka and Ric Olie fall into the "should have been silent background characters" category.

PloKoon2385
01-25-2002, 06:19 PM
Why didn't you like Panaka and Olie? I didn't mind them. Sure Panaka was sort of a jerk to Qui-Gon, but hey, he was doing his job. I am just curious to see what CaptainTypho will be like... looks iffy.

Jargo
01-25-2002, 07:27 PM
Some actors work well with bluescreen elements and little direction, others are labor intensive and require a lot of guidance as they don't have the neccesary imaginations to run with an idea improvisationally. Some actors are brilliant if they get to rehearse for endless hours like a lot of tv stuff but put them on a movie set where the lines are delivered an hour before they start work and they fall apart. Some actors can't just start in cold like a stop/start film deal goes.
Obviously Quarshie falls into the category of "seemed a good idea at the time" in Lucas' books. he's on record as saying that some actors just don't work out. Look at Adrian Dunbar as Bail Organa. His scenes just didn't work because either he didn't look right on camera or couldn't get to grips with the star wars way of doing things. he's a fine actor on tv and in films that dwell on character but that's not the star wars way.
Quarshie as Panaka looked cold and soulless and like he wasn't enjoying himself. he looked bored and like he couldn't wait to get out of costume and go home. perhaps his lines should have been overdubbed to make him sound more human instead of robot like and monotone.
Ric Olie is boring and pointless as anything other than a flat background extra. What's his name - Ralph brown? he looked like an automaton or one of those robotic dummies in the hall of presidents. Jerky head movements and barked out monotone delivery of lines. That isn't acting it's just being there to speak a few words on cue.
A lot of people confuse being in a movie with being a movie actor. It's a nice idea to think anyone can do it but looking right for the part isn't being right for the part. Movie acting is a specialised skill the same as theater acting is a specialised skill and the two aren't immediately inclusive of each other. Some actors who attempt a crossover should really stick to their natural fields of work. Quarshie should have stuck to tv and Brown should have stayed home in bed.

Co Jo-Da
01-25-2002, 08:44 PM
I like the fact that Panaka/Olie was replace by someone else, it helps show the time change between TPM and AotC.

GNT
01-25-2002, 09:10 PM
Originally posted by PloKoon2385
Why didn't you like Panaka and Olie? I didn't mind them. Sure Panaka was sort of a jerk to Qui-Gon, but hey, he was doing his job. I am just curious to see what CaptainTypho will be like... looks iffy.

I too don't like them either, I hate Ric because he has annoying voice,worst lines and he just really bugs me,Hugh is a bad actor or at least as Panaka in EP1.Maybe it was Just the script that was bad?But I cant stand them and I'm glad they aren't in AOTC!

Rollo Tomassi
01-26-2002, 01:21 PM
Every time I see Ralph Brown in TPM, I can't help but think of him as the Roadie in Wayne's World 2 when he says '..and then I had to beat him to death wif my shoe..."

I still don't understand why any of that entourage had to come with them. Just Amidala, the two jedi, Jar Jar , and maybe one other guy would be enough. but they had to bring like 30 people with them. One guy was an Eopie handler for pete's sake! Just in case they land on Tatooine, I guess...