SWCA: Secrets of the Mos Eisley Cantina Panel Liveblog

Join Pablo Hidalgo and Tom Spina as they discuss mysteries of Tatooine's most famous watering hole!

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We’re here at the Behind-the-Scenes Stage, getting ready to begin!

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And our hosts are on stage!

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Pablo Hidalgo of the Lucasfilm Story Group takes a seat! He says that now that he’s not hosting the BTS Stage, he wanted to program a panel he’d really like to see. He and Tom Spina (of Spina Designs) have a lot of cantina knowledge they want to share.

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And here’s Tom Spina!

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Last year, they showed lots of rare imagery…including how you light a certain alien’s eyes…

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And…

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The cantina was shot in London (with human beings)…

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…and had pick-up shots in the US.

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Here’s John Berg working on Hammerhead.

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A lot of the cantina creatures were put together quickly.

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Here’s a sketch and finished alien…eating C-3POs!

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A lot of the names were “Devil Guy,” “Skull Guy,” etc. For this alien, Rick Baker did the sketch.

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This Bith were supposed to have mouths…on their necks!

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Most of the cantina masks survive today. This original mask was repainted for…the Holiday Special.

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Hidalgo explains that the EU often built off of character faces — but when you see the real prop, the rest of the body doesn’t always match.

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Stuart Freeborn sent a photo of masks to Lucasfilm in prep for Return of the Jedi.

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That’s Brain Guy — never before seen photo! He had no name for a long time — Hidalgo pitched Pons Limbic.

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Here are two masks restored by Tom Spina.

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The alternate Duros!

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Greedo in white pumps…

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Lots of mixing and matching of costumes. Jawa robes were often shared.

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Rick Baker working on creatures.

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Baker made many variations of masks, using one mold with intentional differences to make them unique.

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But it’s not all aliens in the cantina! There are more humans than aliens in the UK shoot.

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A lot of them came from “The Ugly Agency” – a casting agency for odd looking people.

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Members of Jabba’s posse are also in the cantina!

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One mystery they cannot solve: The Guy Who Hides Behind Stuff.

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And yes, there is a second smoker in the cantina.

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Bobby Ramsey promised to shave his moustache for the shoot…and didn’t.

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Anthony Lang was in both the cantina and was a friend of the Emperor in ROTJ!

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Here’s what may be the first Star Wars selfie.

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Taking a break for a raffle giveaway…

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“Little Aunt Beru” no more — a fan has officially named this guy!

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There are more mysteries to solve. What’s this thing?

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Why is there a crocodile on the wall?

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They WILL be answered another day!

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And that’s it! Thanks for joining us!

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P.S. “Little Aunt Beru”‘s official new name is…Damono Deomaley!

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