Orlando Jones has been a mainstay in the world of geekdom from his time on Mad TV, through his turns in movies like Evolution and The Time Machine, and currently with his work on the hit show Sleepy Hollow as Captain Frank Irving.
We had him on the Full of Sith podcast to talk about his work and his Star Wars fandom and he treated us to the story of the first time he encountered Star Wars in 1977 as a nine-year-old boy.
Like many, he was skeptical of what a movie called Star Wars would hold for him. But here is Orlando Jones’ first experience with A New Hope, in his own words:
“My mom comes to me and says, ‘There’s this amazing film you need to see called Star Wars.’
To which I said, ‘That is such a lame name, I don’t want to see anything called Star Wars.’
And she says to me, ‘I think you’re going to love this movie.’”
But I’m just not interested at all. This is on a Thursday. So my mom tells me she’s going to take me out to dinner on Friday. She doesn’t take me out to dinner. Instead, she takes me to the movie theater and forces me to go see Star Wars. I come out of the theater, hug my mother, and say, ‘That is the best movie I have ever seen in my entire life.’
And I became a devoted groupie after that.
It makes laugh that I was the kid that was like, ‘This sounds lame. What is a star war? I don’t want to see this.’
But after seeing it, that sort of became my thing. I actually remember the theater I saw it in, in Greenville, South Carolina, off of Pleasantbury Drive. And that was my very first experience with Star Wars.”
Mike, my co-host, then reminded Orlando, “It’s a lesson that mother really does know best.”
Orlando isn’t the only person I’ve talked to who had their mother drag them unwillingly to see Star Wars, and we’ll talk about that next time.
If you want to listen to the full interview, it’s available on the Full of Sith website.