Who can ever forget Laine Liska’s stunning performance as Muftak, the male Talz pickpocket who was sitting at a table bewildered in in the cantina scene at Mos Eisley spaceport on Tatooine in Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope (Original 1977/Special Edition 1997/DVD Version 2004) directed by George Lucas the acclaimed director of American Graffiti and THX 1138.
I’ve heard claims here and there about Laine Liska’s attitude toward the Star Wars franchise, with some claiming that he hates it or used to hate it, etc.
Did he like Star Wars and then grew to dislike it? Or vice versa? If he ever did dislike Star Wars, then why? etc.
Basically, what has been Laine Liska’s attitude(s) towards Star Wars?
Seriously, I understand the desire for Star Wars questions on this site since I myself have been asking and answering them as well since everyone’s “Force” was awoken a week or so back. But I think a line must be drawn between endless “behind the scenes gossip” versus “behind the scenes rationale for in-universe behavior.” All of these “What did they think about Star Wars questions don’t add anything to the concept of science fiction and just lay on the assumption that… Blah! I can’t deal.
I think the existing ones on Harrison Ford and the one on Alec Guinness are fine since these are both actors who desired their characters to die in the plot of the films since they both have issues with the whole Star Wars universe. Meaning, the reason Obi-Wan died in the first Star Wars film and Han Solo was frozen in carbonite in The Empire Strikes Back were plot contrivances partially concocted to deal with their, “You know what? No more Star Wars for me!” attitudes. So it sheds light on character development in the fiction story presented. No disrespect to Kenny Baker but does anyone actually care about Kenny Baker’s ups/downs in the films? If—somehow—he revealed he was never actually playing R2-D2 in one scene, does that impact anything? Is it possible R2-D2 was in “low power mode” in The Force Awakens because Kenny Baker was being difficult on set so they cut his role?
If there is a desire for this type of gossipy info, perhaps one huge community wiki compiling all we know/find on the politics of the cast and crew might be worth something. But one thread per character is a trend I don’t think benefits the site or the readers or even the contributors to such threads.