Friday, February 5, 2010

Questions for Nein Nunb?

So I'm pretty sure by now most people know how much I love Star Wars. Last night an interesting thing happened while I was on Twitter. A friend that I have met though The Kevin Pollak Chat Show, who lives all the way over in Scotland, informed me that he was acquainted with Mike Quinn. As a geek I am familiar with him because he was not only the puppeteer of Nien Nunb from Return of the Jedi, but he also helped Frank Oz with Yoda! Fucking Yoda! He's also done countless work with Jim Henson such as Fraggle Rock, The Great Muppet Caper, The Dark Crystal, and even animated for A Bug's Life and the 50's style Woody's Round Up segment in Toy Story 2 for Pixar!
Down at Fraggle Rock!

Nein Nunb! Coolest Sullustan ever? I think so...

So my friend on Twitter said that not only would he try to get me an autograph (boss!) but that if I wanted I should compile a bunch of questions for him that he is totally willing to answer and that I can post on my blog as an interview! I thought that was pretty bad ass. I did ask a question already though if he had done the voice as well and here was his response...

"All the Jedi creatures were dubbed in post for continuity etc. In fact we knew Jabba and others would be dubbed because they were supposed to be speaking alien languages. So I actually wrote all my lines as proper English sentences so that they would make sense to Billy Dee. Ben Burt used a Kenyan intern who was around for the Nunb at Skywalker during looping for the movie long after we were done"

I loved that he referred to him as "the Nunb"

So I obviously have to get down some questions. I'd be happy to take suggestions from all you guys as well! If you are a die hard Star Wars and Muppets fan throw some questions my way. To me this is a really cool opportunity to talk to someone who has worked side by side with George Lucas, Frank Oz, and Jim Henson!

And to finish it off a great Nien Nunb video...

1 comment:

Bluedrakon said...

That's so cool you get the chance to do this. I was able to meet Peter Mayhew at a small convention once and to actually talk with him as well.

Here are some questions that I have:

How are you able to hold the puppets up in the air for such a long time during the filming?

What prep work is needed to be able to coordinate your character to interact with the live characters? Is there someone near you that directs you?

I guess the most common one would be:

How do you feel knowing that the films you worked on were so influential that they became an iconic classic that will be remembered for generations?