Hey there, Toonsters,
Although the new year is upon us. And yet, like last year and the years that came before it, those who we looked up in movies, video games, music and so forth, ended up in the front door of the Grim Reaper himself. Like these two, for instance.
Recently, Jason Wingreen, although he appeared in some movies, most of them westerns, and in some TV shows like All in the Family, but to us Star Wars fans, he was best known as the original voice, THE one true voice, of bounty hunter Boba Fett, has died. He was 95. Since 1980, he was the voice of Boba Fett in The Empire Strikes Back. Although his dialogue was minimal, his quotes, including "He's no good to me dead," proves how dangerous and popular Boba Fett can be. Unfortunately, by 2004 with the DVD release of the original Star Wars Trilogy, George Lucas, who was seduced by the Dark Side of the Force, replaced Wingreen's voice with Temuera Morrison, who played Jango Fett in Attack of the Clones. And with his death, Lucas, secretly, shuns Mr. Wingreen from existence to all the Star Wars continuity, thinking that Morrison is the true voice of Boba Fett. Wrong on all counts. Not long ago, Stefan suggested that all the Star Wars properties should be returned to George Lucas himself. And what? So he could butchered the original trilogy even further, including digitally replace Sir Alec Guinness with Ewan McGregor as Obi-Wan Kenobi, just as he replaced Sebastian Shaw with Hayden Christensen as Anakin? I don't think so! Anyway, the point is, nothing against Temuera Morrison personally, but Jason Wingreen is, and always will be, the true voice of Boba Fett. And if I get a chance to fix Lucas's mistakes with the original trilogy, I will put his old voice back in my cut of The Empire Strikes Back as an honor and tribute to him. But, Mr. Wingreen isn't the only one we should pay our respects to...
Just a couple a days ago, music legend, David Bowie, has died, a few days after he not only he celebrated his 69th birthday, but released his latest album. Bowie was known for being flamboyant and colorful with not just with his music, but his changing with the times. Not only with his duets with the likes of Bing Crosby, Freddie Mercury and Mick Jagger, but to 80s nostalgia buffs like myself, he was the Goblin King, Jarreth, from the movie, Labyrinth. He died of liver cancer, the same cancer that took my father all those years ago. Bowie kept to himself about his health problems until the very end. If he would of told us about it, we would've find ways to save his life. But, he feels that we shouldn't remember him on how he died, he wanted us to remember him for how he lived. And that's how we should do. Whether it's going "Under Pressure", or going to the "Underground," there wouldn't be other musicians like Madonna or Lady Gaga, if it wasn't for David Bowie.
Godspeed to you both...:(
(October 9th, 1920 - December 25th, 2015)
David Robert Jones aka David Bowie
(January 8th, 1947 - January 10th, 2016)