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Now this is who should play Van Helsing! I'm not Moff-ing around I'm Tarkin the truth!

Hey folks, Harry here... Ok, you ready for the creepiest most jaw droppingly scary bit of casting ever in the history of mankind... I mean, this guy looks like a Czech Marionette version of the real Grand Moff Tarkin... Ya know? Like he was sculpted out of flesh based on the Absynthe charged memory of Tarkin. And if this fucker can sound like Peter Cushing... then I am just gonna run screaming out of the theater... "ZOMBIE CUSHING!!! ZOMBIE CUSHING!!!" I mean... it's like the "LIFEFORCE" version of Tarkin.... Just creepy... excuse me... it's time for me to NEVER SLEEP AGAIN...

Tarkin Lives!

I'm sure by now you've seen the leaked image of Episode 3's Grand Moff Tarkin.  It's at TFN, but probably not for long.  I included a comparison shot for you to take a look at.  Pretty cool looking indeed.... and a bit creepy.  


TFN just posted this new shot of Tarkin!

Meanwhile, this is what the actor playing Tarkin really looks like... he's Christopher Eccleston - you know... from JUDE and 28 DAYS LATER...

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  • Sept. 19, 2003, 3:21 a.m. CST


    by Jay Jay

    Great make-up!!! Who's the actor, though???

  • Sept. 19, 2003, 3:29 a.m. CST

    Talk? He'll be lucky to stick his tongue out...

    by DocPhantom

    Boy, the Henson Creature Shop sure went down the shithole after Jim died.

  • Sept. 19, 2003, 3:31 a.m. CST

    Awesome News!

    by Magnus_Steele

    Lucas would be an idiot not to include Tarkin in Ep3, it was a pity he died in Episode 4 so quickly, great bad guy. Cushing rocks!

  • Sept. 19, 2003, 3:47 a.m. CST

    Anyone remember the Star Wars docos?

    by MaxHush

    ... which depicted George Lucas "dining" for fucking ages, with no dialogue? I mean, seriosuly. The only way a scene that unneccessary and shitty could appear in a Star Wars doco is if george SPECFICALLY instructed for the camera crew to "film" him "dining". Geortge Lucas - fact or Fiction? I believe FRICTION, PS the reason nobody botehrs to spell correctly on this site is because 1) they are probably retards 2) this site sucks and nobody cares

  • Sept. 19, 2003, 3:50 a.m. CST

    My name is MHW and I'm an alcoholic

    by Vitaly Chernobyl

    I love how it takes less than 5 minutes for the annoying wannabe-nihilist children to come out and attack something. Not one damn person cares whether you, or any of the hordes of salivating idiots are interested in Star Wars or not. This is cool, because they have really made an effort. This guy definitely drinks laudunum by the keg!! I echo my colleague Jay Jay, who is this guy? And he must make a movie with Christopher Lee right now!! Could you imagine the double-take : "Ah, Van Helsing, my old adversary. Hey, wait, how are you young?"

  • Sept. 19, 2003, 4:03 a.m. CST


    by Crashlander

    It's latex, not a person. Sheesh...

  • Sept. 19, 2003, 4:04 a.m. CST

    shouldnt he be the YOUNG Tarkin?

    by crush181

    Looks like this guy has only aged like 5 years between Ep3 and 4. Shouldnt he be a LITTLE younger?

  • Sept. 19, 2003, 4:09 a.m. CST

    A better choice

    by Bcphil

    I am disappointed, Ashton Ketcher would have made a great Tarkin.

  • Sept. 19, 2003, 4:45 a.m. CST

    I agree with crashlander

    by Nyx_Spiral

    Yeah. It doesn't take a genius to see that prosteces have been used. Sure he look's just like cushing, but that's thaks to a lot of work and make up. Zombie Cushing. Harry you dumb bastard.

  • Sept. 19, 2003, 5:10 a.m. CST

    Uh...James Marsters????

    by BadCarrot

    I mean, He at least has natural cheekbones (And we know that's important) plus he could actually emote without all that crap glued to his face....

  • Sept. 19, 2003, 5:57 a.m. CST

    Probably wrong

    by gunstar

    Just wondering, I've heard that theres going to be a major non-jedi villian in ep3 who's identity is a 'secret' at the mo. Could it be the young Tarkin. Just a thought anyway.

  • Sept. 19, 2003, 5:57 a.m. CST

    Looks like an anorexic Charlton Heston...

    by Warwick Davis Jr

    ... and while we're talking about Grand Moff Tarkin, there's something I've always wanted to know. Did he outrank Darth Vader or something. Why did Vader take orders from him? One of you has to know.

  • Sept. 19, 2003, 6:28 a.m. CST

    Nice work

    by Heleno

    whatever it is, I like it. And I think Tarkin musta outranked Vader, although possibly only in the sense that the Death star was his ship and the captain outranks the visiting VIP. But I can't claim to have read all the novels so one of y'all fanboys can set me straight on that I'm sure.

  • Sept. 19, 2003, 6:34 a.m. CST

    by Sithlord_999

    Check out a morphed version of the first Tarkin/Prosthetic pic.

  • Sept. 19, 2003, 6:39 a.m. CST

    The Actor

    by Barney Hood

    Actually it is Christopher Eccleston - tough to see from this angle but the second picture oon is a dead giveaway....for those that don't know he is one of the UKs best known actors and was the bad guy with a woodwork fetish in Gone in 60 Seconds.

  • Sept. 19, 2003, 6:46 a.m. CST


    by CuervoJones

  • Sept. 19, 2003, 7 a.m. CST


    by Warwick Davis Jr

    Good point Heleno. I guess it's like in Captain Ron where Martin Short hired Captain Ron but still had to take orders from him. Why? Because he's the El Capitano! Then Captain Ron tried to muscle in on Martin Short's family! But when the Pirates of the Caribbean showed up, we all saw who the real hero was. Martin Short. My god, I'm getting a lump in my throat just thinking about it. Do yourselves a favor. Head to the $5 DVD bin at your local Wal-Mart and pick up a copy of this remarkable film.

  • Sept. 19, 2003, 7:24 a.m. CST

    That just looks like Christian Bale in old-age makeup.

    by Uga

  • Sept. 19, 2003, 7:39 a.m. CST


    by ELGordo

    This does indeed look like a younger version him, especially the second photo. If he can master the way Cushing talked then he's got my vote.

  • Sept. 19, 2003, 7:55 a.m. CST

    Nice job

    by Donlad

    Okay so its obviously a prosthetic appliance, but it,s a heck of an a effect.Beleive me Christopher Ecceleston is the man for this part, if you check out 28 days later you can see he has that stiff upper lip English thing down to a tee.

  • Sept. 19, 2003, 8:25 a.m. CST

    just a small question

    by Rcamacho2278

    Whos tarkin?

  • Sept. 19, 2003, 8:35 a.m. CST

    major villains of episode 3

    by ICMR

    Rick McCallum recently said that there would be a villain with jedi-like powers and "he" would have two lightsabers. I think he's talking about Asajj Ventress who is actually a female, and who will be depicted in the 'Clone Wars' cartoons. The other villains that I can think of would be the ancient bounty hunter Durge and possibly Boba Fett.

  • Sept. 19, 2003, 8:48 a.m. CST


    by Psychonaut

    He's dead good, that Christopher Eccleston, but for some reason, a load of critics in this country really don't like him, and their attacks on his performances are all a bit personal. Never have known what they've got against him. And he's never gotten movie roles that let him really show his potential - he was good in The Others, but was only in it for a few scenes. Anyone who wants to check out a fine performance from him should hunt down one of the early episodes of Cracker: the one with Robert Carlyle as the traumatised survivor of the Hillsborough disaster. Gob-smackingly brilliant acting from Carlyle, Eccleston and, of course, Robbie Coltrane. Possibly one of British TVs finest moments.

  • Sept. 19, 2003, 9 a.m. CST

    Why is this talkback backwards?

    by Psychonaut

  • Sept. 19, 2003, 9:01 a.m. CST

    Well, we won't know for sure until we see him acting opposite a

    by rev_skarekroe

    Can't wait! sk

  • Sept. 19, 2003, 9:04 a.m. CST

    Speaking of Van Helsing...

    by MoratGurgeh

    seems like it's been a very long time since I read anything on AICN about the up-coming movie with Hugh(would make a better Batman than Bale)Jackman... how about it Harry

  • Sept. 19, 2003, 9:57 a.m. CST

    They've used make-up...

    by Lujho

    ... to make Christopher Eccleston look like Peter Cushing. Good for them, but still, he looks a little weird, his nose is obviously way bigger than Peter's, and he's got that weird bulge under his lip (you can tell it's Eccleston from this). I would rather they had Just used Ralph Fiennes with or without make-up, but Eccleston should be pretty good.

  • Sept. 19, 2003, 11 a.m. CST

    Damn, I was hoping for yet another all CGI character!

    by Nice Marmot

    An all CGI Tarkin would have saved the new trilogy. Ha Ha Ha. I was just thinking, this horrible new trilogy has given new meaning to Ep.IV, A NEW HOPE.

  • Sept. 19, 2003, 11 a.m. CST


    by GOODIE

    I fear this information is incorrect that is not ecleston

  • Sept. 19, 2003, 11:34 a.m. CST

    It must be said...

    by IFartOnYourGrave

    Fuck first posters, fuck them up their stupid asses... That is a cool pic. Principle photography(videotaping) is done.

  • Sept. 19, 2003, 2:36 p.m. CST

    if that really is eccleston, that's fucking great. a shallow gra

    by BEARison Ford

  • Sept. 19, 2003, 3:01 p.m. CST

    I Need To Deliver 50 Kaahs in 2 Days and I Haven't Got Any Kaahs

    by SouthSide_2010

    Gone in 60 Seconds...sorry I couldn't resist.

  • Sept. 19, 2003, 4:28 p.m. CST


    by Theta


  • Sept. 19, 2003, 7:08 p.m. CST

    Yes-Men can go to hell!

    by hollycrumpets

    Lucus is slowly slicing up and destroying the integrity of the first film, he's been doing it for decades. At first with Empire it was going okay but since then , including Jedi it's gone bad. All because he's surrounded by yesmen. Yesmen have destroyed too many successful carees and franchises. He needs people of good, non geeky fanboy, taste to tell him that Jar-Jar is a bad idea and that Ewoks look like midgets dressed as Teddy bears. There's no balance. Certainly little taste. And what there is bad. Much like Michael Jackson and his crowd of yesmen George will carve and chistle the Star Wars name until it's a skeletal mashed up pulp, just like Wacko Jacko's face. In both cases layers of make up aren't covering up the flaws.

  • Sept. 19, 2003, 7:27 p.m. CST

    God, Star Wars is so OVER!

    by baphomet_patel

    Is *anyone* really looking forward to this flick any more? I guess I am just, just because then it will all be OVER! mwahhaha

  • Sept. 19, 2003, 9:01 p.m. CST

    James Marsters

    by ruyen

    James Marsters can act, probably pull off the accent perfectly, but most importantly: naturally looks like him. Too bad Lucas can't cast supporting characters for sh!t and it'll never happen.

  • Sept. 19, 2003, 10:23 p.m. CST

    Damn, Harry, what's with you and absynthe?

    by Ribbons

  • Sept. 19, 2003, 10:41 p.m. CST

    I thought Dean Stockwell was dead!

    by ChrisPC24

    It sure looks like him. Maybe this is an early version, the other Tarkin picture TFN had really did look like Cushing.

  • Sept. 20, 2003, 12:54 a.m. CST

    then I am just gonna run screaming out of the theater... "ZOMBIE

    by Tall_Boy

    HAHHAHAHAHAHHAHAHA!! That was fucking gold, seriously! or maybe I'm just tired. Anyway had a genuine LOL there and that doesn't happen much on the internet.

  • Sept. 20, 2003, 1:07 p.m. CST

    2 quick points

    by KennyB

    1) The make up is hella cool and it's great--alll you fan boys should have a big helping of Shut the fuck up.......It's George's world you just get to visit every few years. 2) Expext the e-mail or phone call from Lucasfilm in 5......4.......3.......2......(TFN already got theirs) That's when you KNOW you got a REAL spoiler :-)

  • Sept. 20, 2003, 5 p.m. CST

    My dear sweet brother Numpsie....

    by Boris the Blade

    They should have him carry a little bald asian kid....

  • Sept. 21, 2003, 12:30 a.m. CST


    by DarthMr.Rogers

    do people ever get tired of bashing the new star wars films? Why not complain about how Toy Story 2 wasn't as good as the original? It's the same thing; they're both movies made for CHILDREN. That's all they are, that's all they've ever been. Everyone says how inferior they are because they look at the original trilogy through the eyes of the CHILDREN they were when they first saw those films. The only thing wrong with the new movies is that NOTHING will ever be good enough for fans who have made these films into more than they are.

  • Sept. 22, 2003, 12:06 a.m. CST

    Woo! Nice Tarkin!

    by pax256

    Hope the actor gets Peters voice and style right. I can see fleets of star destroyers qiuping out the trade feds and then taking over the republic violently and spectacularly in my silly little mind already. BTW Underworld rocked. 3 of 5 stars. Good script, acting, visuals. Bit weak on action. I wanna see more of this world of vamps and lycans in the sequel.

  • Sept. 22, 2003, 1:28 a.m. CST

    tarkin's beautiful facial

    by echobasealpha

    Not liking the prosthetics here at all. It's completely unneccessary. the reason moff tarkin had pronounced cheekbones (which they've tried copying for the new guy)is that HE WAS OLD,and because he was naturally thin to begin with, the skin stretched over his face as he aged, giving him that boney cheek look. So what do they do here? the character's what, 30-40 years younger in episode 3,and they go and build up fake cheek bones on the actor to try and make him look like tarkin in episode 4? ridiculous. It just makes the guys face look swollen! ugh. thanks George.

  • its funny theres this idiotic internet vocal minority that keeps saying Star Wars is over. What a bunch of morons. The last Star Wars film which they claim was the "nail in the coffin" beat the much hyped Matrix: Reloaded domestically and is almost close to it worldwide. This is the 6th freakin movie in the franchise and its on par w/ what people say was this generations Star Wars. In fact Clones made more money than any film this summer. SO if Star Wars is sooo over, then Pirates, reloaded, nemo are all failures???

  • Sept. 22, 2003, 2:58 p.m. CST

    Darth Mr. Rogers has brought up a point I think i should raise.

    by Salem Hanna

    I saw Empire and Jedi so many times as a teen, I feel i know them inside out. A New Hope, however, I hadn't seen since very early childhood, until some 5 weeks ago when I watched the special edition. Truth be told, I didn't like it. Lame dialogue, appalling acting in most fact, it has all the flaws we associate with modern popcorn blockbusters, yet gets placed on a pedestal with the likes of Lawrence of Arabia and Jaws as an all-time great. And yet, I still love Empire and Jedi. Darth Mr. Rogers says we're looking at the trilogy with nostalgic eyes, and he's right. Episode 4 belongs to the same generation of flicks as its two sequels, and is probably no worse a film in the eyes of most people. Yet to me...I only enjoy the two that I grew up with. Says it all.

  • Sept. 22, 2003, 9:34 p.m. CST

    please remember the spoiler warnings

    by treadwell

    ..and no more wink-wink hints in the article header, either, Harry! (Ya didn't spoiler warn in the coaxial story, either.)

  • Sept. 22, 2003, 9:56 p.m. CST

    Special Editions are Better

    by TheJon

    It just occurred to me that if the few of you out there who think the Special Editions suck are under the impression that you could do better... by all means do so. There are some interesting fan films on that have already been made. Dispite my own (very few) gripes with the Special Editions, they are none-the-less much better than any fan film I have seen thus far. So please show George up by making your own Star Wars film even better than what he's done already. I'm not just talking about a short film though, let's see some of you out there make an entire full length movie that's better than any of the Star Wars films (of course there will be the smart asses out there who'll say their little brother can make a better film. Dorks).

  • Sept. 23, 2003, 9:05 a.m. CST

    "It just occurred to me that if the few of you out there who thi

    by minderbinder

    You can do it yourself at home. Step 1, start with the original versions of the OT. Step 2, do nothing. Voila! Movies better than the special editions, wasn't that easy!

  • Sept. 23, 2003, 3:08 p.m. CST

    Harry's favourite drink?

    by small boy

    You'd think after bumming on about it for so long, he'd know how to spell it. It's ABSINTHE, damn you!

  • Sept. 24, 2003, 11:05 a.m. CST

    James Marsters is in his 40's now. There's about an 18-20 year g

    by matrix_sux

    No use crying over spilled milk

  • March 21, 2004, 3:50 p.m. CST

    Wayne Pygram


    I really was hoping for Wayne Pygram the brilliant actor who plays Scorpius on Farscape: