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

 

Spice: I’ve gathered from previous interviews you were part of the mime act with Tim Dry. What led you into Star Wars?

Sean Crawford: Basically we were already known as Tik and Tok. A well-known abstract mime duo. One of the problems that had happened during the first film was you had normal people in masks, and it could be taken further. I think George went to mimes to take over the parts of the characters. So that’s how we got the job.

Spice: So how would the work in Return of the Jedi compare to other films you have done?

Sean Crawford: It was 4-D. It was all around you. You were there. It completely surrounded you.

Spice: So was it difficult to prepare for the role?

Sean Crawford: The thing is you put on the mask and you look at yourself, feel it ect. And you see the face and take it over.

Spice: Do you think Star Wars are the greatest of all Sci-Fi films?

Sean Crawford: Yes.

Spice: What was the greatest thing you remember from filming?

Sean Crawford: Well it would have to be it was so real when you were filming it. You saw 70 Stormtroopers, all the equipment. Everything was so large and massive.

Spice: So what was the worse thing?

Sean Crawford: Absolutely nothing. There was nothing bad about it. You got up at six o’clock in the morning and worked until six in the evening and that would be bad at any other job, but this was a pleasure.

Spice: Was there anything you did in preparation for the role?

Sean Crawford: We didn’t realize how big it was. It was our main job at the time although Tim and I were on call for “Top of the Pops”, which is similar to MTV. We knew it was a good film to be involved with. Return of the Jedi was our day job but we were doing a lot of stuff at night. We had all of our instruments crammed into our tiny dressing room. We used to have so much fun with talcum powder. We were the bad boys. We had to have the talcum to get into the costumes easy. We used to use the rest to put in cups above doors. You know that old trick.

Spice: Who did you get with that old gag?

Sean Crawford: Everybody! Our room was the bad boy room. Everybody would come in to our room. We used to set up our instruments and get a concert going in our room; it was the place to be. It was small but it was a laugh. Star Wars was a job, underneath that were our real characters Tik and Tok. Which were perhaps the weirder of the two.

Spice: Are you buying the new DVD’s next week?

Sean Crawford: No doubt.

Spice: Do you plan on doing more shows and conventions?

Sean Crawford: Next month in Syracuse, and we look forward to the upcoming events in the future. I have a question for you. I want to know why Yakface is so popular among Star wars fans, isn’t there a yakface.com?

Spice: Yes there is.

Sean Crawford: I’m pissed off because I wanted that to be my domain. I emailed them once and they never replied.

Spice: Well you’re not the first guy they’ve ever snubbed. Don’t take it personal.

Sean Crawford: I just thought I would mail them once and say hey I played the part and I think this is a great thing you are doing here. I guess they didn’t take me serious or believe me perhaps.

Spice: At Sandtroopers we really try to involve our audience and be creative. Going the extra step is a part of our natural process. Unifying collectors and helping anyone find the piece they need. We try to do little things like interviews to bring you closer to the fans. It is all about the fans isn’t it?

Sean Crawford: Yes it is.

Spice: How do you feel about Yakface being one of the most sought after figures from the vintage collection? I write an ebay column for the site and have seen Yakface sell for over $2800.

Sean Crawford: I’m not surprised, but more like truly amazed. I think it’s a great thing. Someone paid a couple of dollars for something, now it’s worth a lot more. Good fortune I’d say. I am seriously considering only signing a limited amount of the Power of the Force figure, the one with the coin that is.

Spice: What will you base this on?

Sean Crawford: I wouldn’t want to put my name on all of them, there are those who believe an autograph may depreciate the value. I will probably base the amount I do on the amount that were produced. A percentage or something. I think it would add value but I am seriously thinking of doing a limited amount of signatures on the vintage card.

Spice: Sounds like a story to me, thanks again for your time Yakky, and don’t ever forget the Troops will never leave you behind. United We Find!

 

To check out Tik and Tok visit http://www.tikandtok.co.uk