The latest Star Wars movie “The Last Jedi” has been released and there already have been a lot of talks about it. In a scene, a faraway galaxy has been shown where a big spaceship is getting ready for landing. There were clouds of smoke which was seen coming out from the exhaust ports as the spaceship was getting close to the land. But, people were quite surprised over handle on the hull. The whole thing looked like the clothes-ironing kind.
1The spaceship in “The Last Jedi” looked like a household iron
As per reports, the audiences lost interest in the scene transition in the latest Star Wars movie “The Last Jedi.” The spaceship looked less intimidating, rather it looked like a household iron. People laughed and ridiculed the laundry analogy. But, there was also a cult movie “Hardware Wars” which was released in 1970. In that movie, iron cameo had much more steam.
2Iron scene in the movie was a homage to “Hardware Wars”
It was confirmed by the director of “The Last Jedi” that iron scene in the movie will be a homage to “Hardware Wars” last year. “Hardware Wars” was created by San Francisco-based filmmaker Ernie Fosselius in 1978. The movie was a tailor-made spoof.
3“Hardware Wars” carried appliances such as irons, vacuums and steamers
Although the current Star Wars series is more sound with many technically advanced spaceships, droids and stormtroopers, the movie “Hardware Wars” carried appliances such as irons, vacuums and steamers.
4“Hardware Wars” was one of the most successful short films of all time
“Hardware Wars” was one of the most successful short films of all time. It grossed around $500,000 in the very first year of its release. The supports still eulogize the movie. Many of the fans absolutely loved the reference of “Hardware Wars” in the movie “The Last Jedi.”
5“The Last Jedi” received mixed reactions
“The Last Jedi” received mixed reaction from the people worldwide. Few people liked it whereas there were also some who hated it. However, Fosselius has also not been impressed by the movie and he has a reason for it.
6Fosselius was flooded with congratulatory messages when “The Last Jedi” released
Fosselius said that after the release of “The Last Jedi,” he was flooded with congratulatory messages on the “Hardware Wars” allusion. People were so enthused that they even called that they went to see the “The Last Jedi” only for the reason that it had the “Hardware Wars” reference.
7Fosselius was not happy about “Hardware Wars” reference in “The Last Jedi”
When asked about whether he is happy about the “Hardware Wars” reference in the “The Last Jedi,” Fosselius said that he was not happy about it. He said, “I did the parody. Why would I want to get into an actual ‘Star Wars’ film?”
8Fosselius said that the movie was a full-fledged spoof
Fosselius is also irked about the fact that fans misconstrue his parody as a tribute to George Lucas’ movie. He said that the movie was a full-fledged spoof. As per him, he also thought that he’s been miscast as “the number-one fan of ‘Star Wars.’”
9Fosselius said, “Look, you got to understand. ‘Hardware Wars’ was a parody”
“That’s how things work,” Fosselius said. “You get absorbed into the thing you’re spoofing because it’s revised. Your intentions are revised. “I thought, oh, great. I’m doing business for [‘Last Jedi’]. I’m bringing in customers for their movie,” Fosselius said. “Look, you got to understand. ‘Hardware Wars’ was a parody. It wasn’t a fan film. Oh, god. I’m never going to live it down. It was turned into a fan film.”
10Fosselius said, “It really sort of pissed me off”
“It really sort of pissed me off,” he added, “because I spend my entire life trying to make a name for myself in a very obscure profession, because it’s what came naturally to me, and I consider [my parodies] art. I thought everyone was going to have fun with it.”
11Fosselius said, “I was surrounded by a lot of people who were Trekkies”
“I was surrounded by a lot of people who were Trekkies, and [‘Star Wars’ mania] was the next huge leap over ‘Star Trek’ worship, you know?” said Fosselius. “And there were already rumors out about how amazing [‘A New Hope’] was and people had that glazed look in their eyes saying this is the best thing that has ever happened in movies. That’s a call to me. Yeah, let’s put things into perspective.”
12Fosselius recalled how he roped in legendary voice actor Paul Frees
Fosselius was clearly not happy with the reference of the “Hardware Wars” in “The Last Jedi.” He recalled how he roped in legendary voice actor Paul Frees who was friend of Imagination Inc. co-founder Walt Kramer.
13Paul Frees was friend of Imagination Inc. co-founder Walt Kramer
“This guy makes more money than anybody ever made in the voice-over business. He’s the main guy. So for the balls to go over there and say, ‘Oh, we need a couple of voices,’” said Fosselius, recalling how Kramer convinced Frees.