Obi Wan KenobiObi Wan Kenobi doesn’t have to force it. Chicks dig a guy with a lightsaber and knows how to use it. Chicks dig Obi Wan Kenobi.
While I was at Star Wars Celebration VI, there were a lot of Slave Leia’s running around. More than a lot. A plethora in varying degrees of fitness to wear the costume. There was even one with a Batman logo tattoo just below her bellybutton. So while I had many options to be Slave Leia in this photo, there was only one Obi Wan Kenobi there as “Old Ben.” Scott Klar was wonderful in his role as Obi Wan Kenobi.
A friend shot with him first on the Death Star set and told me about Klar. After we moved down to this Tattooine set, Klar showed up and went through a variety of poses. I got some nice shots, but then our Slave Leia came along with her husband (Han Solo) and I got an idea. Both of these costumes fit on Tattooine, but the characters never got to meet during the Star Wars movies. I wanted to know what would happen if Obi Wan Kenobi and Princess Leia hooked up. After all, he’s gotta look pretty good after spending time with Jabba the Hutt. You know that’s gotta be a bad environment for a girl.
Not all of the photo backdrops were fabricated props. A number of them, like this one, were backdrop rolls with a prop or two in front. Unfortunately, they had neither a ceiling or floor component to go with them, so the characters are standing on typical convention center concrete floors and the ceilings have those ugly gas floodlights. Add in some typical trash thrown on the floor and you have a limited point of view to make a shot.
No matter, though. As you can see from the look on the face ob Obi Wan Kenobi, we had a fun time making this shot.