TV STORE ONLINE: How did you come to work on STAR WARS (1977)?
This was my first experience on a film set so I was very lucky to be there. The Massassi Temple Set was on H Stage at Shepperton Studios. It was a massive set. There were about two hundred supporting artists or background extras as you may call them dressed in all of those costumes as Rebel Guards and X-Wing Pilots and such.
TV STORE ONLINE: Being in that scene...It must have been an incredible vision to be up on that stage and look out at all of those people dressed in those costumes that we see in the final scene...Or was that an insert shot ?
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TV STORE ONLINE: Were there a lot of rehearsals for that scene?
|Actor Derek Lyons [Far Right]|
TV STORE ONLINE: Did you get to spend any time with Mark Hamill?
LYONS: Yes I did. I got on with him very well because we found out that we shared the same birthday. Because of all of the supporting artists in the scene the studio's canteen couldn't support everyone at once, so they put up some massive tents outside the soundstage. Behind the STAR WARS set there were the sets for one of THE PINK PANTHER movies and also the set from the movie, OLIVER! (1968) One day were were having lunch and I told him that I was going to bring in my camera and take some photographs. So Mark and I and Peter Mayhew went and walked around those sets and I took some wonderful photographs...
|Mark Hamill and Derek Lyons on the set of STAR WARS (1977)|
TV STORE ONLINE: You got to spend time with Peter Mayhew as well then?
LYON: Sure. I had lunch with Peter Mayhew most days at the Shepperton pub. We had pub lunches outside as it was a very hot summer. He told me about his past and what he did and how he got the part of Chewbacca. He had told me about the size of shoes and how he used to be a porter in a hospital...
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on the backlot at Shepperton Studios in England
TV STORE ONLINE: Did you get to spend anytime with Carrie Fisher?
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Massassi Temple Set Shepperton Studios England
TV STORE ONLINE: What's your favorite memory now of having had the opportunity to work on the first STAR WARS movie?
LYONS: Just that I was lucky enough to have been a part of it! My favorite memory would be just when I would arrive at Shepperton Studios and then walk onto the Massassi Temple set in my costume and makeup. It seemed so realistic and I became totally immersed in the STAR WARS universe.
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