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The Man Who Literally Built Star Wars

The Man Who Literally Built Star Wars Esquire


One of the most memorable elements of the original Star Wars in 1977 wasn't the story, or characters, or even the soundtrack. It was the set design. Back in the 1970s, you didn't just get the interior of the Millennium Falcon spaceship made. You had to use unconventional methods and items to achieve the desired look. In Roger Christian’s case, he used scrap airplane metal.

Back then, the hired set decorator was tasked with helping a young George Lucas on Star Wars: A New Hope, creating prop prototypes and decorating sets in a way that hadn’t ever been achieved before in science-fiction films. Presented with a low budget forced the Londoner to more or less create something from nothing. His work earned him an Academy Award for set decoration, and every film of the Star Wars franchise has been trying to achieve that inexplicable rustic and authentic appearance ever since.

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