It has been a monumental week for Star Wars and its fans. With the official world premiere trailer dropping Monday night, the Fandango site crashing, and everyone’s positive reactions, we cannot stand it anymore. We need this movie. And we need it now. There are obvious reasons this Star Wars entry is so big: New crew helming it, what seems to be an interesting story, old faces and new faces. But this film also kicks off an entire new series of films that will create their own space in the franchise.
With all of these new and old characters, we had to poll some of our staff on who they like best…
Because I’m a one-of-a-kind snowflake, I’ve always gravitated to the really obscure characters in movies. Michael Corleone was my favorite character in The Godfather, with Vito a close second. I would have answered Luke Skywalker or Darth Vader, but they’re so esoteric, Uproxx readers probably wouldn’t know who I’m talking about. So yeah, Han Solo. Because people probably don’t know who I mean, Han was that sarcastic pilot guy flanked by that furry friend who was always trying to dislodge something caught in his throat.
I have never seen Star Wars.
Mace “Mutha F*cking” Windu, and there are several reasons. First, he’s a black Jedi with a purple lightsaber — that’s a unique twofer, and because I can’t seem to get any Latino Jedis out of Star Wars, I default to African-American Jedis. Also, this racist backlash against Finn is outlandish and unimaginable considering the lack of people of color in George Lucas’ universe, so, I’m doubling down on the original man who broke the Jedi color barrier. And, finally, Windu was played by none other than Mr. Capital One, Samuel L. Jackson. Enough said.
My favorite character was Deez Nuts. I believe he was in The Phantom Menace. (Deez Nuts, Jar Jar. Same thing.)
Han is a slam dunk, right? So brash, so confident, so damn cool. But as a boy, it was always Luke and Lando for me. I dressed as Luke for Halloween when I was 6 with my buddy Matt playing Han. On the 31st, someone came into my dad’s work with a full, ultra-accurate Vader costume. At the end of the day, my dad borrowed it then swung by Baskin Robbins for dry ice. When Matt and I got back to my house, at the end of our trick-or-treat route, the lights were off and my dad was waiting at the top of the stairs, shrouded in dry-ice fog, breathing heavily through the suit. “Luke, I am your father.” It was a moment of truth. The moment that a true Jedi proves himself. I turned and bolted. My parents found me an hour later, three doors down, hiding out at a neighbor’s house.
Tribbles. Loved ’em.
My favorite Star Wars character is Ree-Yees. You may not remember him well because he was only a background character in Jabba’s crime lair for a few minutes of Return of the Jedi. But for me, he played a pretty big role in my childhood. For some reason, George Lucas had a ridiculous number of Ree-Yees toys made, and his action figure was the equivalent of that baseball card everyone has three of. I personally had six, because ‘friends’ would come over with theirs and quietly trade their Ree-Yees out for one of my stormtroopers or whatever they could sneak away. At first, I was upset, but then I decided to make Banthfizz out of Bantha droppings and turned my crew of Ree-Yees into the baddest gang ever to rule Castle Grayskull (suck it, Skeletor!).
Now it’s your turn. Who’s the best?