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Being a Jedi master is not monkey business apparently

November 20th, 2013 by Edwin Torres Jr Comments


Here’s a new bit of cool and kind of weird  Star Wars news. It seems, Jedi master Yoda was originally going to be played by a monkey, and there are a couple of rare behind the scenes photos from Will McCrabb that seem to be proof. According to him, the “Empire team initially hired a trainer and a monkey to hold a cane & play Yoda.” 

The puppet was designed and built for Empire Strikes Back by Stuart Freeborn, with Jim Henson consulting. The monkey would have worn a Yoda mask. The plan was scrapped because the monkey kept pulling the mask off.



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