Posts Tagged ‘wedge’



RIP Colin Higgins, the “Fake” Wedge

Mark Newbold | May 2, 2013

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We sometimes forget, with the saga remaining so fresh and vivid in our minds, remastered and updated in the latest formats and constantly playing around the world that while the characters of Star Wars may remain eternally young, the actors who portrayed them on-screen, like the rest of us mere mortals, age, get older, and pass away.

This year alone we have seen Stuart Freeborn and Richard LeParmentier pass on, and only last year we all mourned the loss of the great Ralph McQuarrie. A recent fascinating piece on the Official Blog by Pablo Hidalgo, Star Wars Mysteries: Hunting for the Fake Wedge,” asked the question, “where in the world is actor Colin Higgins,” the man who played the “fake” Wedge Antilles in the briefing room scenes of A New Hope. It’s a fascinating story, a relatively minor character who grew into a fan favorite but who took three actors — Denis Lawson, David Ankrum, and Colin Higgins — to bring to life in that first film.

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Star Wars Mysteries: Hunting for the Fake Wedge

Pablo Hidalgo | February 6, 2013

Longtime readers of StarWars.com will already know this story. Parts of it were recounted in the official Homing Beacon email newsletter back in September 2004, and then a few months later on the ol’ user blogs that used to be hosted on this site. But since neither of those archives are readily available, and since I’m overdue for a blog post, I figured I’d retell the story of how I found the enigmatic briefing room Wedge Antilles from Episode IV. Also, this is an excuse to launch a semi-regular series of blog posts that have to do with little mysteries I’ve helped solve in my time here at Lucasfilm.

Who are you... and what have you done with Wedge?

Who are you... and what have you done with Wedge?

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