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Ridley Scott to direct FLASH GORDON!!'''

Harry here again... I've been contacted by one source that says this is UNTRUE... He was once attached to the project, and is claiming that FLASH GORDON is mired in 'Roger Rabbit 2'-style rights issues. However, he hasn't been involved in a while with the project so it is slightly possible that something might have changed. SO... Is Blessed on crack? Hmmmm.... Time will tell...

Hey folks, Harry here... and I just went to Cyber Cafe tonight to confirm this... and sure enough... Brian Blessed is claiming that Ridley Scott wants him in his FLASH GORDON. Now..... WTF? Ridley Scott? FLASH GORDON? I mean, Jesus Christ lives man, cause that's a friggin miracle of coolness! Now... there has not been too much being rumored about FLASH GORDON recently. Last I heard, it was at Columbia and Mandalay with Peter Guber as the only producer attached. Jesse Alexander was the last known screenwriter that I heard was writing this film... but that was like 3 years ago... Then I heard another screenwriter about a year ago was on board, but... I can't seem to find out who that was. Soooo.... What the hell? Is Brian Blessed on some mind altering substance? Boss Nass is in the next two Star Wars films? All I want from a Flash Gordon movie is perfection and Matthew McConaughey as Flash.

Hi this is Nigel from Southampton,England.I was watching the internet tv show'Cyber Cafe' tonight 19thOct the British actor Brian Blessed (Flash Gordon)1980,(Star Wars)1999 was being interviewed I quote "Ridley Scott wants me to be in the new Flash Gordon movie,he has already sent me the new script and it is going to be a lot fiercer than the last one,I am also in the next two Star Wars films" You may find some info at Is this news to you ? please let us know thanks and bye for now from England !!!!!


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  • Oct. 20, 2000, 12:47 a.m. CST


    by Sgt. Bilko


  • Oct. 20, 2000, 1 a.m. CST


    by Lorrimer

    blessed is awesome -- but what the hell is Boss Nass? His physiology is unlike all the other gungans. Some kind of queen bee?

  • Oct. 20, 2000, 1:06 a.m. CST


    by SimpsonsQuoteMan

    "How dare you destroy my valuable wall and spill my priceless acid?! Did you really think you were going to get away with it?" - Mr Burns------------- Really, who wants to see a tired, turn of the century not-so-superhero who has become a potent symbol of homosexuality save a screaming girl and fly off in his highly phallic spaceship? Huh? I ask you that, Mr. Smartyparts.

  • Oct. 20, 2000, 1:11 a.m. CST

    dun dun dun dun.....Flash!.......Ahhh Ahhhhhh

    by Choda

    This would be so cool! I would love to see it. I am a big fan of the 1980 movie. Though a bit campy now, it was kick ass when I was 8 years old. Hope they bring back Timothy Dalton as Prince Barin too. Also bring back the original costume director and remix/re-edit the Queen soundtrack then we have ourselves a movie seeing. Go Mr. Scott!

  • Oct. 20, 2000, 1:12 a.m. CST

    Matthew McConaughey???!!

    by inthetrenches

    I want some of what your smoking.

  • Well, the black and white ones are CLEARLY dated, and eventhough Dino Laurentiis

  • Oct. 20, 2000, 1:27 a.m. CST

    Hey! What about Jude Law as Flash Gordon?!

    by Kaylob

    Ah, come on. That would be so badass.

  • Oct. 20, 2000, 1:31 a.m. CST

    Finally!!! There is hope yet!!!!

    by Greensleeves18

    I am SO FUCKIN sick and tired of any and all characters that were created before 1938 getting the shaft, getting stuck in sub-par movies, and getting ignored by the general public. So many GREAT and truly imaginative characters get screwed in the cinema. The Shadow was boned by a bad movie with a dumb villian with no purpose. And WHUT THE FUCK was he doing with nickel plated long barrel .45s?!? COME ON!! The Phantom bent over with another dumb script and another stupid villian. And why in the name of god did he NOT kill his opponents??? Finally I hear the bell of a great character being handled by a great director and an intelligent creator. Now if only we can get a John Carter of Mars animated movie, with Bruce Campbell as John's voice and Salma Hayek as Dejah Thoris, or a live action one with the same actors. With both Flash and Doc Savage looking to be in good hands, i can finally breathe easy. Until the Dodgers go home to Brooklyn, I remain......Greensleeves18

  • Oct. 20, 2000, 1:33 a.m. CST


    by The Lizard King

    .....Jude Law does sound like a good idea.

  • Oct. 20, 2000, 1:42 a.m. CST

    A Flash Gordon movie could be GREAT!!

    by Jonny Quest

    Ridley Scott- cool choice. Just use Matt McConaughey as Flash, 2 good actresses who are beautiful in an old-fashioned way as Dale & Aura, an Errol Flynn type as Prince Barin, and big name star who can just SEEEEEEETHE evil as Ming! Bring back Brian Blessed as Vultan! Use current makeup and computer technology to accurately convey the Hawkmen, Sharkmen, and Lionmen from the strip! Keep it fun WITHOUT going over the edge into campiness, like the 1980 movie! Keep Sam J. Jones, Queen, and the people who did the 90's cartoon away from this project at all costs! It CAN be done, people! C'Mon! Let's show all these Johnny-come-lately STAR WARS fans where Lucas swiped half of his ideas from! (The other half came from the comic book work of Jack Kirby, if you're wondering)

  • Oct. 20, 2000, 1:43 a.m. CST

    A Flash Gordon movie could be GREAT!!

    by Jonny Quest

    Ridley Scott- cool choice. Just use Matt McConaughey as Flash, 2 good actresses who are beautiful in an old-fashioned way as Dale & Aura, an Errol Flynn type as Prince Barin, and big name star who can just SEEEEEEETHE evil as Ming! Bring back Brian Blessed as Vultan! Use current makeup and computer technology to accurately convey the Hawkmen, Sharkmen, and Lionmen from the strip! Keep it fun WITHOUT going over the edge into campiness, like the 1980 movie! Keep Sam J. Jones, Queen, and the people who did the 90's cartoon away from this project at all costs! It CAN be done, people! C'Mon! Let's show all these Johnny-come-lately STAR WARS fans where Lucas swiped half of his ideas from! (The other half came from the comic book work of Jack Kirby, if you're wondering)

  • Oct. 20, 2000, 2:03 a.m. CST

    Wait a second, how can that be?

    by Mad Dog

    First Scott's got to finish off post production on hannibal then he's got to get those special editions of Bladerunner and Legend (if it hasn't been cancelled.) out. Then there was that stuff about Terminator 3. And if it was a choice between a remake or a sequel to Terminator I think Scott would be better off doing the sequel, ofcourse in an ideal world he'd be given something cool to make like a Preacher film. Then again Flash Gordon was pretty cool and that music, yea that is pretty retro cool remembering it now and I agree McCourney would be a good flash. Didn't the original have Richard O'Brian and some guy from Blue Peter in it?

  • Oct. 20, 2000, 2:04 a.m. CST

    I just wanna know...

    by Roj Blake

    exactly how many movies is Ridley Scott supposed to direct in the year or two? Seriously...

  • Oct. 20, 2000, 2:14 a.m. CST


    by X-Girls

    YEAH! This'll be GREAT!

  • But yeah, of COURSE I'm down for a more serious take on the original space hero! Hmm, or was that John Carter, Warlord of Mars? Anyway, Ridley dropped the ball big time in "Gladiator", but an enthusiasm possibly born of extreme drowsiness and cough syrup tells me he could make a comeback. Man, I love that old Alex Raymond stuff, and would love to see Flash return as an icon to rival Luke Skywalker, his spritual successor. But all you cats getting hyped for this, shut yer word-holes if you wanna trash talk the 1980's "Flash Gordon" in the process. Loved it as a kid and still love it dearly today. War Rocket Ajax still comes across as mighty cool ("Charge the lightning boosters!", Dalton is still a great Barin ("Lying bitch!", Aura will never be hotter ("I want him, father..."), and Sam Jones...that guy was like the Owen Wilson of his day. Cheesily affable. "Flash Gordon, quartback, New York Jets!" Priceless.

  • Oct. 20, 2000, 2:24 a.m. CST

    ....dumdumdumdumdumdumdumdumdumdumdumdumdumdumdumdumdumFLASH! AH


    I think I've said all that needs to be said here...

  • Amazingly, Dan Jurgens, known best as A BAD COMIC BOOK WRITER, did a very fine job on it. The nine-parter took itself fairly seriously and leaned a little more towards an R-rating than PG. Flash was written as a slightly over-the-hill basketball player, a rich, egotistical asshole who's directionless and past his prime. Naturally, the site of Ming's atrocities awaken a leader spirit in him, and the process of getting their is pretty slick. Jurgens came up with this notion that Ming controls all the technology on Mongo with an iron fist, so that's why only his men carried ray guns while the lion men, for instance, still used swords. The races are all supposed to have been genetically engineered from normal Mongo stock to provide various services to the Mongo elite. Suprisingly good concepts and character interaction, but the comic kept the action fairly non-stop too. It'd actually serve as a fine template for a serious film treatment. I recommend it to any Flash fans out there, 'long as you're not the type to whine at the slightest alteration from Raymond's original material...

  • Oct. 20, 2000, 2:52 a.m. CST

    Relax a little, Malwyn...

    by Dave_F

    Good adventure stories can stand to be reinterpreted or built upon for new generations every once in a while. Sure, sometimes you get bombs like Disney's "Three Musketeers" or Costner's "Robin Hood", but sometimes you get some sly new takes, like "Mask of Zorro", or even "Robin & Marian". Besides, much as I love the 80's "Flash Gordon", and some folks are nostalgic for the 30's serials, there's never been a truly great big screen version of the story. Well, maybe "Star Wars", but "Star Wars" doesn't have Hawkmen. Or Princess Aura.

  • Oct. 20, 2000, 2:56 a.m. CST

    What was that cartoon with...

    by Mr_Sinister

    Flash Gordon, Mandrake the Magician, the Phantom, and some black guy? They were like a superhero team and each one had a kid who was in training. Does anyone actually REMEMBER that animated show or not?

  • Oct. 20, 2000, 3:07 a.m. CST

    What do you mean, Flah Gorden

    by b52

    Open fire! Alllll weapons!

  • Oct. 20, 2000, 3:09 a.m. CST

    McConaughey = Perfect Casting for this, hope it happens!

    by Regis Travolta

    Of course maybe Ridley is going to do Flesh not Flash, it would star a Gladiator who goes into outer space to battle androids that dream of electric sleep er sheep time for me to sleep...

  • Oct. 20, 2000, 3:12 a.m. CST

    The answer to your questions

    by Motoko_UK

    The name of the show Mr_Sinister was Defenders of the Earth and the black dude was Lothar (sp?). And yes Mad Dog, Richard O' Brien and Peter Duncan from Blue Peter were both Tree People.

  • Oct. 20, 2000, 3:18 a.m. CST

    Did someone say Owen Wilson?

    by TheRevMonkeyJoe

    This may be far out in left field, but try to look at it from Monkey Joe's eyes. if this flick is a go, cast Owen Wilson! Yeah, why not? It adds more dimension to the script if you have a natural loser who is ultra cool like Owen, but really turn it around. He has this old time braggadocio, which is used to cover up his ignorance. Hey, Flash Gordon was never meant to be a rocket scientist, that was what Zarkov was for. So, what do you have? Owen Wilson as Flash, a Rachel Leigh-Cook or even a Brittany Murphy, for Dale Arden; Jurgen Prochnow as Zarkov (who can top Topol?) Now get this: Dougray Scott as Prince Barin (You cannot dispute that) Brian Blessed as Vultan (One word:"DIVE!") And the coup de grace, the piece de resistance...Patrick Stewart as Ming the everlovin' Merciless! Stewart would probably be the hardest to get, I'd suppose he'd be weary of sci-fi fare, but he's the only possible successor to Max von Sydow. You know what the best thing about this dream cast would be? THE SAVINGS!!! None of these actors are certified A-list people, and therefore, more money can be saved for production. I challenge any of you to pick this theory apart. But before you do, look at it and then really think about it and how the actors would fit the characters. Then Decide.

  • Oct. 20, 2000, 3:28 a.m. CST

    Some casting ideas

    by Motoko_UK

    Matthew McConaughey and Jude Law are both pretty funky choices for Flash. Catherine Zeta Jones as Dale. Geoffery Rush as Zarfoff (should be Oliver Reed but he's kind of dead unfortunately). Ideally Gary Oldman or Alan Rickman as Ming (purely because no-one does bad guys like us theatrical Brits) but neither would do so hows about Arnold Vosloo. Mena Suvari as Aura. Ben Chaplin as Barin. Brian Blessed IS Vultan.

  • Oct. 20, 2000, 3:45 a.m. CST

    Stuff various

    by Sepulchrave

    Ridiculous to watch Boys Own style adventure fantasies penned for twelve-year olds between or just after the wars getting the

  • Oct. 20, 2000, 4:12 a.m. CST

    How did Scott drop the ball with Gladiator?

    by Caitrin

    I just want to know the answer to this question. Where in hell did Scott fuck up with this film? Was it the battle scenes, the dream scenes, the slow scenes what? If you are going to make a statement, back it up. I thought Gladiator was the best film of year 2000.

  • Oct. 20, 2000, 4:18 a.m. CST

    This really could rock.

    by Demon Cleaner

    This sounds slightly unlikely but if it did happen it would seriously kick ass. I mean it. The concept and world behind Flash is great and could rival Star Wars in many ways. Scott has immense visual skills and he would blow us away if given a script of intelligence. I for one would love to see this with the state of current special effects technology. DISPATCH WAR ROCKET AJAX TO BRING BACK HIS BOOHDY!!!

  • Oct. 20, 2000, 5:04 a.m. CST

    Hey I met Flash Gordon once

    by Cereal Killer

    First off, a new take on Flash Gordon would be too cool. Loved the 1980 version and Max Von Sydow was perfection itself as Ming. In 1984 or 85 I met Sam J. Jones at a celebrity golf tournament where I also got autographs from Todd Bridges, Charles Lane and (my biggest thrill) Spanky MacFarland. Anyway I went up to Sam J. Jones and overheard him saying to another player that he didn't know why he was there and couldn't understand why anyone would want his autograph. He saw himself as a has-been. So I made sure to tell him how much my family loved Flash Gordon. Sam was very nice and signed my program.

  • Oct. 20, 2000, 5:11 a.m. CST

    Holy Crap! Now you're talkin' !

    by Big X

    This is wondrous news - let's hope our beloved Brian wasn't off his face at the time. And Matthew McConaughey? Abso-bloody-loutley! Ridley - you out there? You listening? Make us proud...

  • Oct. 20, 2000, 5:56 a.m. CST

    Sean Connery for Dr Hans Zarkov

    by Razorfist

    That would be a cool piece of casting..

  • Oct. 20, 2000, 6:20 a.m. CST

    Motoko_UK, thanks!

    by Mr_Sinister

    I can almost remember the theme song, at least the part where is went DEFENDERS OF THE EARTH! I'm not too sure about the kids though. I think Flash had a blonde son (duh), and there was a chick who may have been the Phantom's daughter. I can also vaguely recall a son for the black guy, and then there could have been a younger Indian kid who Mandrake was looking after. There was also a training room not dissimilar to the X-Men's Danger Room...Ah well, I'm sure nobody probably cares, but the little I know about Flash Gordon was from that show, oh, and the 80s flick.

  • Oct. 20, 2000, 6:39 a.m. CST

    Why have you come to the planet Porno?

    by Yes, Have Some

    They should remake Flesh Gordon. That movie's good as hell. Or DVD. Whatever.

  • Oct. 20, 2000, 7:50 a.m. CST

    Scoops go something like this:

    by ZombiWoof

    My best friend's sister's brother's girlfriend talked to this guy who's friend said he saw Ridley Scott pass out at 31 flavors last night. And Yadda, Yadda, Yadda, James Cameron is set to direct now.

  • Oct. 20, 2000, 9:49 a.m. CST

    Would prefer BUCK ROGERS, but it'll do...

    by Sorcerer

    (You guys do realize that Buck came before Flash, right?) Anyhoo, I'm not sure how plausible any of this is, but I'd like to see a FLASH GORDON flick. Ridley Scott doesn't sound quite right (his last attempt at heroic adventure, LEGEND, was too pretentious for its own good), I'd prefer Sam Raimi. And, though he's been suggested for everything- Bruce Campbell as Flash. Bleach the hair and we've got no problem. Maybe with Lucy Lawless as Dale Arden and Valeria Golino as Princess Aura.... there are plenty of possibilities.

  • Oct. 20, 2000, 10:43 a.m. CST

    Why the hell is this AICN posting pushed down to the bottom of t

    by IAmLegolas

    a lot of venomous Talk-backs!!! :P

  • Oct. 20, 2000, 1:36 p.m. CST

    Gary Oldman as Ming!

    by Drath

    Okay, I'd LOOOOOOOVVVVEEE a Flash Gordon film w/ today's effects and all. But I suspect the project really is mirred for a good long time to come. Damn the Hollywood fucks who keep the good stuff trapped only to make a really crappy sell-out toy commercial that taints the name a la Inspecter Gadget. Until then, I love the McConneghy suggestion!(dang it, why is the spelling of his name so hard to remember?)

  • Oct. 20, 2000, 1:48 p.m. CST

    Keep Semple AWAY !

    by RobinP

    If Lorenzo Semple goes ANYWHERE near this script.....shoot the fucker !

  • Oct. 20, 2000, 1:59 p.m. CST

    Oh my Fucking God!

    by MercilessMing

    Please don't be a lie. this movie needs to be a sequal and not a remake. we need the whole original cast from Sam J. Jones all the way to Max Von Sydow. Please oh please! Oh, and we need the same original soundrack by Queen.

  • Oct. 20, 2000, 2:15 p.m. CST

    by da_guvna

    but how will they do a soundtrack without Queen!!!

  • Oct. 20, 2000, 2:22 p.m. CST

    there are better comic book characters....

    by da_guvna

    why does no one do more 2000AD based films, i know the judge dredd film was screwed up but they got the character all wrong, there are SOOO many other cool 2000AD characters such as:rogue trooper,johnny alpha,preacher cain,slaine,sinister and dexter,the button man to name but a few.....

  • Oct. 20, 2000, 5:40 p.m. CST

    There already WAS a great Flash Goron movie!

    by ThanosX

    OK, Ridley Scott is a great director and Flash Gordon can be a great franchise, but why re-do it! Without the Queen soundtrack and the "whip & spikey platform" duel to the death, and all that fun, how good could it really be. Let's forge a brave new world, with new heroes and new epics! Maybe a "Scud: the dispossable assassin" movie or something that can be just as fun and kinetic! Let's forge ahead and let the past be the past!

  • Oct. 20, 2000, 7:09 p.m. CST

    Response to Caitrin about "Gladiator's" suckitude...

    by Dave_F

    I posted extensively about my disappointment with "Gladiator" in the Talkbacks when it came out. Here's the link to that very loooong Talkback if you want specifics: ******* In short, I thought it was a flat revenge flick with pretensions of great drama. Crowe's a great actor but Maximus wasn't very appealing to me. The shaky-cam style of the battle sequences was too chaotic. I also found the setting shots unconvincing, especially in comparison to "Spartacus". And Commodus was a boring villain, no matter how long Scott wasted showing his "ooh, nasty" antics. I really wanted to like "Gladiator", to find myself emotionally involved enough to ignore its problems (as I did with "Braveheart"), but it left me totally cold. Not the worst film of the year, but not one I'd have any interest in watching again. In general, Ridley Scott has had a pretty weak track record over the last ten years: "White Squall", "1492", "G.I. Jane", and yes, "Gladiator". His last great film was "Thelma & Louise".

  • Oct. 21, 2000, 12:27 a.m. CST

    matthew mcconaughey'll save every one of us!

    by tommy5tone

    ridley or tony scott to direct. scott rosenberg to script. bill pope as DOP. music by the dust bros. mcconaughey as flash (alternate choice: thomas jane). sandra bullock or claire forlani as dale. klaus maria brandauer, ian holm or rade sherbedgia as zarkov. dougray scott or russell wong as barin. michael clarke duncan or tony todd as vultan. milla jovovich or monica bellucci as aura. and terence stamp as ming the merciless. i'd gladly surrender a nut to see this. and while we're on the topic...vince vaughn IS buck rogers!

  • Oct. 21, 2000, 3:08 a.m. CST

    I think Brian Blessed would probably be harder to kill than Rasp

    by Andy Travis

    He's just not human. Isn't he climbing the alps or exporing the Congo right now?

  • Oct. 21, 2000, 3:12 a.m. CST

    my cast for flash gordon

    by jacob

    I am a huge fan of flash gordon and I have written my own script for the movie. I have updated the movie for the 90s. I think that my choice of actors would be a great choice for the movie. Paul Satterfield as Flash Gordon Patrick Stewart as Ming Terri Ferrell as Dale Arden David Duchovny as Prince Barin John Getz as Dr. Han Zarkov Jeff Goldblum as Prince Thun Tea Leoni as Princess Aura follow this link to see pictures of the cast: not that I am in hollywood. I know I could do justice to this character, and not crap like B&R and other failed comic book heros. JACOB RUBINSTEIN

  • Oct. 21, 2000, 10:26 a.m. CST

    Defending My Casting Choices...

    by Sorcerer

    No insult to Bruce intended- a FLASH GORDON film could be good. If I were suggesting him for a GILLIGAN'S ISLAND movie you'd have a point, but a pulp sci-fi movie isn't too insulting. Lucy Lawless- first off, Dale doesn't necessarily have to be helpless or whiny. Secondly, Lucy doesn't always have to be as tough as Xena. There's a median between the two that could work. My second choice was Angela Dotchin, but I'm not sure if she can do an American accent. I'm just throwing out ideas here, no need to get angry.

  • Oct. 21, 2000, 4:59 p.m. CST

    Tell me more about this man, Houdini

    by not_a_jedi_yet

    FLASH is ripe for a remake, but I agree that anyone responsible for the 80's version should be issued a restraining order, requiring them to keep at least 100 miles from this production at all times. I loved that FLASH, but hey, it's time to move on.

  • Oct. 21, 2000, 8:05 p.m. CST


    by Buck Rogers

    I so much hope this is true.. my favourite ever Film Serial when I was a kid..redone by all time favourite Director! Most under-rated movie of all time? The Duellists!

  • Oct. 21, 2000, 8:50 p.m. CST

    Is that animation still up above from the Filmation "Flash" Seri


  • Oct. 21, 2000, 8:54 p.m. CST

    Stupid me I forgot to the comment with the post above...


    Anyway, what I meant to say was, is anybody else out there nostalgic for that old "Flash" Filmation animated series? Where can i get my hands on some tapes of that show? And why, oh why, are not those old filmation series in re-run circulation anywhere on t.v.? They seemed cool when I was younger, they may seem cheesy now, but i still don't think they deserve to be forgotten.

  • Oct. 21, 2000, 8:56 p.m. CST

    Stupid me I forgot to "put" the comment with the above posting..


    There, that's better.

  • Oct. 21, 2000, 9:03 p.m. CST

    "Flash Gordon, Quarterback, New York Jets!"


    I just read a poster above slam the old '80's "Flash" film. Come on, show a little compassion! Yeah, it ain't "Star Wars", but today it's so chessy it's great. Especially with all Ming's costumed warriors that look like a bunch of refugees from the Philadelphia Mummers parade. And how could you hate a movie that used the above quote from my subject line? I mean, it's funny as hell to hear Jonesy (Flash)utter that quote today! It's even funnier to hear it when the Jets are having a bad year, which was a lot until recently. Not that I hate the Jets.

  • Oct. 22, 2000, 1:14 a.m. CST

    Ridley Scott/Flash Gordon

    by Ivan_Mtl

    First of all, let me just say that I absolutely loved the 1980 version. I thought it was a great tribute to both the comic strip and the serials. It also had a terrific cast and a fantastic soundtrack by Queen (the only rock band that should be allowed to score films). If Dino Delaurentis is also producing this new remake, it would make perfect sense that Ridley Scott's name is attached, considering the fact that he is involved with another Delaurentis production, HANNIBAL. I would like to suggest that if Mr. Scott is not available, I think Joe Johnston (The Rocketeer) would be a perfect choice. Hey, you might as well throw in Jennifer Connelly and Bill Campbell as my choices for Flash and Dale too (with Jeremy Irons as Ming). As for the rest of the cast, you simply can't beat Timothy Dalton, Topol, and Brian Blessed (unless you include Catherine Zeta Jones as princess Aura). ;)

  • Oct. 22, 2000, 1:49 p.m. CST

    Remake's soundtrack/score

    by Scorebird

    How about Joe Satriani does the score and some of the songs. That's would work,I think.

  • Aug. 6, 2004, 1:55 p.m. CST

    by jayce76

    Briab blessed was in the last 2 Star wars movies?????was I drunk and miss it ?? did he play a nerffherder?? what the beep!!!