STAR WARS: 40 Years of Star Wars Panel – Star Wars Celebration Orlando April 2017 Volume IX


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All USA TV footage concerning the entire STAR WARS LEGACY from various TV appearances from the actors and directors of the films to in-depth interviews, award presentations, audition takes, outtakes to documentaries, raw footage. All of which are perfectly edited to contain only subject matter pertaining to the various films. In other words “no fluff” just content

40 Years Of Star Wars April 13, 2017, 11:00 AM12:30 PM

Watch the complete 40 Years of Star Wars panel at Star Wars Celebration Orlando, Florida 2017, featuring Kathleen Kennedy, Mark Hamill, Hayden Christensen, and more!

The cast of “Star Wars” got together for the movie’s 40th Anniversary — and said goodbye to a rebel princess. Thousands of fans attended the 40th Anniversary panel at Star Wars Celebration Orlando, which opened Thursday with an emotional video tribute to fans of the space opera saga.

In the first surprise of the panel, Lucasfilm President Kathleen Kennedy welcomed George Lucas to the stage. The “Star Wars” creator and presenter Warwick Davis paid tribute to late actors Carrie Fisher and Kenny Baker. Lucas reminisced about the challenges of getting “Star Wars” green lit in the ’70s, after the release of his cult classic “American Graffiti,” and the fact that his sci-fi classic was originally designed for 12 year olds.

Even though critics and “certain fans” have been hard on Lucas at times, the reaction he has gotten from kids through the years has made it all worth it. “When you see all these kids, when you see the look on their face, everything is forgiven,” he said. “Rebels” executive producer Dave Filoni came to the stage to talk about being Lucas’ apprentice in filmmaking, thanking his “master” before giving way to the Sith Lords of the prequels, Hayden Christensen — in his first convention appearance since 2002 — and Ian McDiarmid.

“I owe a lot of what I was able to accomplish in Episode III to Ian,” said Christensen, after they chatted about the movie’s beloved opera scene. The actor also talked fondly about filming the epic lightsaber battles of the latter two prequels, with McDiarmid recalling how impressive Christensen and Ewan McGregor were in training. Once the former Sith actors departed the stage, Anthony Daniels, Peter Mayhew and Billy Dee Williams took over.

Daniels — the only actor to appear in all eight movies in the saga — fondly recalled a moment from the filming of the scene where C-3PO and R2-D2 walk towards Jabba’s Palace in “Return of the Jedi,” where Lucas crouched behind him and beeped. “It was the cutest thing,” he told Lucas.

Finally, they were soon joined by Mark Hamill, who expressed his gratitude to the fans before he and Lucas talked about the process of casting Luke Skywalker more than four decades ago. The reunion took another surprising turn when Harrison Ford arrived on the stage. “I said to George ‘You can type this … stuff, but you can’t say it,’” said Ford, referring if some of the challenging lines in the “Star Wars” script.

Lucas and Ford recalled how they first worked together on “American Graffiti,” while Ford was working as a carpenter. “It was full of humor, emotion and conflict — it was brilliant,” said Ford of the saga. After the actors left the stage, Lucas and Kennedy paid a full tribute to Carrie Fisher. “She was very strong, very smart very funny, very tough,” he said. “There are not many people like her.”

Fisher’s daughter Billy Lourd, in a white dress, joined the pair and recited Leia’s iconic message to Obi-Wan Kenobi from “A New Hope” before talking about the lessons her mother imparted.

“She taught me that if life isn’t funny, then it’s just true — and that is unacceptable,” she said.

The panel concluded with one last surprise; legendary composer John Williams conducting the Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra as they played “Princess Leia’s Theme,” “Main Titles” and the sinister “Imperial March,” which Lucas referred to as “the secret sauce of ‘Star Wars.'”

Fans were also treated to video messages from actors Liam Neeson and Samuel Jackson, whose Jedi characters Qui-Gon Jinn and Mace Windu were slain in the prequel trilogy.

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