Fantastic Vintage Star Wars Photos Show How A Chimp Inspired The Emperor

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Now that new Star Wars news finally made its way to the Internet, the floodgates on vintage, archival Star Wars artifacts are starting to bubble up Ė some that we have seen (and shared) over the years, and some thatís even still unique to our eyes.

Like these. The Imgur user JoinYouInTheSun posted these very cool behind-the-scenes shots from Star Wars Archives that showed how make-up genius Rick Baker created the composite character of The Emperor. One part monkey, and one part his wife, The Emperor was a significant player in Star Wars: Episode VI Ė The Return of the Jedi, but Iím not sure I ever knew what went into the creation of the villain. For starters, as you can see in the album below, Bakerís wife at the time, Elaine, sat in for The Emperor as her husband Rick worked. We get to see the prosthetics she wore for the process, and we see the face of the chimp whose eyes Baker pulled to give The Emperorís face more "unsettling." Guess what? It worked. Scan the album below for some classic Star Wars making of images!


Why stop there, though? Letís keep digging through the archive. As we deal with the digital onslaught that was the simple reveal of ONE cast photo from a Star Wars: Episode VII table read, Business Insider dug up newspaper clippings of the casting announcements from 1977ís Star Wars, which has gone on to be known as Episode IV: A New Hope. Whereís the fanfare?! Whereís the rush to click bait?! OK, I long for these simpler times.

Star Wars Press clippings

And this one, for the addition of Harrison Ford and Carrie Fisher. Itís basically the equivalent of a Tweet!

Star Wars Press clippings

Wash it down with this old-school poster, focusing on the aspect ratios of the visuals! Man, how times have changed.

Star Wars Old poster

Wouldnít it be great if J.J. Abrams, in his dedication ot the Mystery Box, resumed such brief messages to the press? Could it ever reduce the amount of Star Wars hysteria? Ah, thatís all part of the fun. Lets keep the machine rolling. We have a long way to go until December 2015.
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