Did you know…


The Emperor in Empire Strikes Back was originally played by a lady/chimpanzee hybrid!

Make-up designer Rick Baker’s wife Elaine’s face was used as the original Emperor with Chimpanzee eyes superimposed over her own!

The Chimp eyes were use to give that extra bit of disturbed monkey faced faced freakiness that the character needed… Until Ian McDiarmid turned up!


Posted on September 22, 2011, in Did You Know? and tagged , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

  1. Amazing. Just shows what George had to do before CGI! Again, I had no idea!

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