Sunday, December 26, 2010

"Our people once were warriors..."

It's Temuera Morrison's birthday, and while you probably know Jango Fett, you probably don't know the actor who played Jango Fett (father of Bobba Fett, but more importantly the "original" being from which all Imperial Stormtroopers were cloned).

And yes, we DID watch episodes 2 and 3 on Christmas Eve, why do you ask?

But I know Morrison from Lee Tamahori's 1994 film Once Were Warriors, a powerful and depressing tale of a poor Maori family (it's one of those movies that's incredibly good, and that I never want to see again, like Schindler's List). Morrison is fantastic, and even better is Rena Owen, who gave one of the best performances that year. If you're in the mood for a fantastic, but unsettling movie, it's 94% fresh at Rotten Tomatoes. You've been warned.

I was going to lament that while Morrison gets to be Jango Fett for the rest of his life, Owen got no such legacy. But I was wrong. Because not only is Rena Owen the voice of Taun Wee in Episode II: Attack of the Clones (no idea and I just watched it), she's ALSO Nee Alavar in Episode III: Revenge of the Sith (no idea and I just watched it).

Happy birthday to Morrison. And kudos to whomever at Lucas that saw Once Were Warriors.

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