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Star Wars child actor reveals what it’s like being turned into a meme

Published: 20/Nov/2020 17:16

by Emma Soteriou

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Ross Beadman – who made his name as a child actor in Star Wars Revenge of the Sith – has revealed what it’s like becoming a meme, working on set, and his hopes of returning to the franchise.

It’s been 15 years since the Revenge of the Sith was released, the final part of the Star Wars prequel trilogy finally coming to a close.

At the time, none of the prequels were particularly well-received – at least in comparison to the originals, anyway – but in recent years, they have seen a sudden resurgence among fans, competing with the sequel trilogy.

One star from Revenge of the Sith had only two lines, but has now become one of the franchise’s most popular memes.

Hayden Christensen Anakin Skywalker Revenge of the Sith
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Jedi youngling Sors Bandeam turned to Anakin for help

What’s it like becoming a meme?

Best known for being killed off by Anakin Skywalker, Ross Beadman isn’t exactly the most famous actor, especially considering his scenes as Sors Bandeam happened over a decade ago.

The child star chose to redirect his career and become a video producer and graphic designer instead, but he still has plenty of love for Star Wars.

In a recent Ask Me Anything (AMA) on Reddit, one fan asked Beadman what it was like becoming a meme in recent years.

“It’s actually great,” he said. “At first it was a little annoying seeing myself tagged everywhere but it’s the only reason why I’ve got some semblance of relevance now… God bless the memes!”

I’m Ross Beadman. The actor who played the Jedi youngling in Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith who spoke to and was killed by Anakin Skywalker! Ask me anything… from r/IAmA

Beadman revealed he had only been paid £90 for his role in Revenge of the Sith, also giving more of an insight into what it was like on set. At one point, he explained Hayden Christensen made him jump to make his scene look more realistic.

The take apparently took four attempts for Beadman, due to him making “weird facial expressions” which had to be cut out.

The former actor also said he would be open to returning to the Star Wars universe if he was ever asked, saying: “Having this role in Star Wars has positively impacted my life in multiple areas so I can imagine it would just add to that!”

Sors Bandeam may be dead, but with Disney constantly creating more Star Wars content over on Disney Plus, anything is possible.

Gaming

Spider-Verse producer wants Spider-Man: Miles Morales glitches in sequel

Published: 28/Nov/2020 19:29

by Theo Salaun

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The transformational glitches in Spider-Man: Miles Morales are pretty hilarious. So hilarious, in fact, that Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse’s producer, screenplay and story writer, Phil Lord, wants to use them in the hit movie’s sequel.

Lord and his filmmaking duo, Christopher Miller, are no strangers to animation or comedy. With titles like Spider-Verse, Lego Movie, and 21 Jump Street under their shared filmmaking belt, it’s no wonder that the two are unafraid of getting a little weird with the animated Spider-Man flick’s sequel.

And if you want inspiration for red and blue weirdness, look no further than the Miles Morales game. Playable on PS4 and PS5, the title has apparently been a massive success, with 97 percent of Google users enjoying it. While people are typically annoyed with launch day bugs, the issues with this one are just too funny to chastise. 

With weird, viral videos of players transforming into various inanimate objects, it was actually a transformation of a patio heater that caught Lord’s eye. Now, it appears that “Heater Parker” could become a reality in Spider-Verse 2.

Since the original Spider-Verse movie was chock-full of absurdities and goofy odes to different genres or pop-culture references, invoking a video game’s glitch should be no problem. And, as far as content goes, few things evoke comedic surrealism as much as a patio heater using a web to swing from building to building in New York City.

For Lord, at least, the randomized development mistake appears too funny to ignore as film inspiration: “We’re putting this in Spider-Verse 2 if we have any self-respect at all.”

Hopefully, he and Miller have as much self-respect as the title’s developers, Insomniac Games, have humility. In response to Lord’s tweet, which has since gone viral, the game’s makers couldn’t help but acknowledge their imperfections with a pun.

While we were under the impression that patio heaters were meant to heat patios, not hearts, the Insomniac reflection remains accurate: this silly, inanimate object glitch is “equally as embarrassing as it is heartwarming.”

But, above all else, they’re just funny. It could legitimately be one of gaming and cinema’s greatest, most randomly inspired crossovers if Spider-Verse 2 involves an alternate dimensional Heater Parker.