Watch: ‘Star Wars’ Documentary ‘Elstree 1976’ Honors the Unsung Extras

     May 4, 2016


Everyone knows about Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, and Harrison Ford, but dedicated Star Wars fans even know the names Jeremy Bulloch, who played bounty hunter Boba Fett in The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi, and David Prowse, who played Darth Vader. But what about folks like Angus MacInnes and Paul Blake? The unsung heroes of Star Wars (i.e. the extras) get their time in the spotlight in the documentary Elstree 1976, and some new details and a clip have debuted online.

The L.A. Times’ Hero Complex released a clip showing a conversation with MacInnes, who played Gold Leader “Dutch” in A New Hope and discusses the hierarchy of fandom. As he says, few people want to buy his photos even though his actual face appeared on screen. Instead, he says they all want to chase down Bulloch, who in turn explains it’s just the nature of the character of Boba Fett.

Here’s a small version of the clip, with apologies (embed issues) — click the expand button to view in full screen:

Director Jon Spira told Hero Complex:

For most of these people, this was a moment in their lives, a job they did for a couple of days. That this thing that was seemingly insignificant to them in their younger days is the thing that everyone lauds them for and gives them endless kudos for — I think that sits uncomfortably with some of them. That internal conflict is really what interested me and why I wanted to make this film.

Bulloch added that he was hesitant to participate in the documentary because he feels what he’s done since Boba Fett is more noteworthy. Spira, meanwhile, reiterated that this film isn’t about Star Wars: “It’s a film about these people — and Lucasfilm doesn’t own these people.”

Elstree 1976, named after the Star Wars production studio outside of London, will hit 25 theaters across the country starting this Friday.


Image via FilmRise


Image via FilmRise


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