CHICAGOLAND ENTERTAINMENT EXPO
Ramada Plaza O'Hare Hotel, Rosemont, IL
September 9-12, 2004
Photos & Story by Chris Spice (Darth Spice)

 

Darth Spice: First off Felix, you have quite an impressive resume, how long have you been in entertainment?

Felix Silla: I have appeared in over 25 films as well as many TV appearances spanning over three generations.

Spice: You were in Motor City awhile back, how long have you been doing appearances like this?

Felix: Well about four or five years now, I really do enjoy the crowds.

Spice: How did you go about getting work in Return of the Jedi?

Felix: I knew the stunt coordinator and helped work on some stunts when the film was being shot in Northern California.

Spice: How much fun was it to film an action sequence and work on Return of the Jedi?

Felix: Oh it was great, and what was nice is I got to work with about 125-150 little people. As a matter a fact we took over an entire town just into Oregon there it was called Brookings. They actually had a hotel for little people. Complete with a basketball court for us, it was beautiful time. We stayed there about five weeks.

Spice: What was the worse thing? If there could be such a thing?

Felix: I don’t think I had any problems. We enjoyed it so much, we were chauffeured in on a huge bus to and from set. We’d get changed, grab a quick shower, there was a dinner. Maybe some dancing. Then you’d go get drunk or whatever until 2:30-3 in the morning, get up and go back to work the next day and it was the same thing over again! (laughs).

Spice: How does your work in Star Wars compare to your other works?

Felix: Well honest Star Wars I was among a bunch of other characters where as something like Buck Rogers I was a part of the main cast. Buck Rogers was a little more important.

Spice: Tell me a little about filming the glider scene which recently has been remade as an action figure.

Felix: The real shot was done in the middle of the Redwoods. What they did is put me on a glider 25 feet off the ground. I went for maybe 50-75 feet away and then the glider crashed. I landed in the middle somewhere in the dirt there somewhere. That’s around where the guys were throwing rocks at the Stormtroopers.

Spice: Felix what do you think about the fans at these types of things?

Felix: Without the fans we are nothing. The fans make the films, are the reason for the sequels. The reason I do these conventions is to travel, get away from home. Meet a lot of nice people. 99% of the people I meet are great you may get a bad one here or there. It makes me happy to see people when they see my photos and see the man who was in the suit.

Spice: Last question, do you own any of the action figures from your scene?

Felix: Yes, I do have some of the old ones. I have about six of them at home. I’m do have one of the new ones too. The nicest thing I had was a Twigi costume. For about twenty years at home, but it was starting to disintegrate. It was hard but I decided to sell it.

Spice: Time hurts some things like that, thank you for yours Felix, it was a pleasure to speak with you. A fan forever!