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

 

Spice: How did you get the job to portray J’Quille in ROTJ?

Tim Dry: Sean Crawford and I were Mime artists, and our tutor phoned us up and said they were auditioning people for parts in the new Star Wars film. So we all went along to a group audition or workshop, twenty of us maybe. We did some movements and things, see what they wanted was people to inhabit the costume, to make it real, not just a guy in a suit but to move like an alien, to feel like an alien.

Spice: How does your work in Star Wars compare to other acting assignments you’ve done?

Tim Dry: It’s completely different, this is real. You walk on set, and it’s this huge room. Four walls, ceiling and floor, it’s not like a big piece of cardboard with a strap behind it, this was real. It was a proper event, which is what was so exciting.

Spice: So nothing short of a spectacle then?

Tim Dry: Oh it was brilliant, yes spectacle is a good word.

Spice: How do you feel about the great amount of interest in the Original Trilogy twenty plus years later? Not just in the films but your character as well.

Tim Dry: At the time it was a great job to have. There was no talk about toys or books, poster or anything. So I’m not surprised because it’s the best story put into film. I find it very exciting that 22 years later it’s still a very real part of my life. It’s like a religion; the force is a viable religion.

Spice: You said something to the nature of Star Wars being the greatest of all Sci-Fi films; elaborate on that a little more please.

Tim Dry: Yes, I think the combined weight of the first three or the last three, however you may look at it. It’s a complete saga. It’s good vs. evil. It’s high noon in outer space. It has every great ingredient of every great movie you’ve ever seen.

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

Tim Dry: Waking up with Carrie Fisher. (laughs) And those two pretzels were still there in the morning.

Spice: Okay give me the worst moment if there could be such a thing.

Tim Dry: Probably the enormous heat generated by the costume. In between every take they had to take the hat off and you’d have two people with hair dryers blowing cold air in the suit because you could hyperventilate.

Spice: So how long could you be exposed to these conditions?

Tim Dry: However long it would take to set the scene up and however many takes you need to complete the scene. A half an hour on the average.

Spice: Was there anything in particular you had to do in preparation for the role?

Tim Dry: Oh just look in the mirror darling and think about how beautiful I am in, and everyday and everyway I will get better and better.

Spice: How would you compare the Original Trilogy with the first two Prequel installments?

Tim Dry: Well speaking personally, I prefer the Original Trilogy. CGI makes everything a little slick, a bit easy. With Return of the Jedi and Empire everything was real. It was people being aliens, not being CGI’d into it, bluescreen or whatever. So I do think they were more dynamic.

Spice: Most of the actors I have spoken with say George relies a bit too much on the CGI instead of good acting and storytelling. Would you agree?

Tim Dry: Yes, it’s true obviously when technology improves naturally you are going to want to grab some of it. I do think it’s quite obvious what is CGI and what isn’t. Back then you weren’t quite sure were we in the desert or England? I don’t know though, I love CGI I am a visual artist myself so I can see the joy of not having to build that set. But you can’t act the same way against a blue screen as you can as if a Gamorrean Guard is really coming down the steps, you really have to whack that guy. Versus if you were just slashing about in mid-air.

Spice: Okay but with the release of the DVD next week will you be obtaining a copy for yourself?

Tim Dry: Damn right! I was hoping to get one this weekend, I am just as anxious as anyone.

Spice: How often do you plan to do shows in the United States for the fans that couldn’t make the Expo this weekend?

Tim Dry: The States are a joy, and if the demand is there, we’d certainly like to be there. It’s a pleasure and a joy to do things like this.

Spice: How do you feel about J’Quille being the hottest action figure of late 2003?

Tim Dry: Very pleased, it’s what he would have wanted. See I have become J’Quille actually. I’ve stopped shaving and you see my tusks should be coming in soon.

Spice: Do you own the figure yourself? Do you look to own the figure yourself?

Tim Dry: No and Yes. I’d love to have one. It’s only taken 22 years to get it!

Spice: I just happen to have a J’Quille figure for you courtesy of DG promotions!

Tim Dry: I’m very pleased, fantastic actually. This is what I meant earlier when I said it’s a proper saga. It is not ‘this is old-fashioned’, ‘this is 22 years ago’. It just keeps going. More and more people spanning over nearly three generations now. Quite amazing really.

Spice: Thank you very much for your time and I hope you have a great weekend here in Chicago.