- "...you stare at a Yoda puppet for 2 hours. I swear he winked at me at one point ... Yoda's line of 'Try not! Do, or do not. There is no try' is what made me determined to get a part on a Star Wars film. How ironic is it that I succeed, and end up staring him in the face?"
- ―Christian J Simpson
Christian J Simpson is a British Actor, Writer, and Composer.
He portrayed starfighter pilot Bravo 6—Lieutenant Gavyn Sykes—in Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace (1999). As one of only a handful of pilots to survive, his character took the lead role in the Battle for Naboo (2001) video game, and Simpson's likeness was also immortalized as a promoted Captain Sykes in the MMORPG Star Wars Galaxies (2003–2011). In Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith, Simpson became Darth Vader's right-hand man, being Hayden Christensen's stand-in for Anakin Skywalker, as well as playing the actions of the female BD-3000 Luxury Droid.
In addition to his work on the Star Wars prequels, he has been seen in several other notable film and television productions. These include The Dark Knight Trilogy: Batman Begins, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire as 'Old Fred Weasley' (double), EastEnders, Family Affairs, Red Cap, Casualty and Spooks: MI-5.
Having established himself as part of the wider Lucasfilm family, and having helped bring Luke Skywalker's father Anakin to the big screen, on 1 November 2012 in response to the news that Star Wars Episode VII would feature "Luke Skywalker in his 30s and 40s", the 39 year old actor hinted at an interest in portraying Luke Skywalker himself, with fans responding that "The resemblance is uncanny".
As a writer, Chris J Simpson is currently also developing film and television screenplays from his home in Los Angeles.
Behind the scenesEdit
Actor Jake Lloyd (Anakin Skywalker) was given his pilot helmet by actor Christian J Simpson (Lieutenant Sykes) for his cockpit scenes in Episode I. Similar names aside Hayden Christensen's shoes were later filled by Christian J Simpson as UK Episode III Stand-in for Anakin Skywalker himself. It was later discovered Simpson was not only born on the same date George Lucas began writing A New Hope, but that the last ever day of Star Wars movie filming fell on his birthday in 2005.[source?]
- Official Acting Website and Links
- Official Writing Website and Links
- Full Gavyn Sykes Character Bio
- Official Fan Page
Notes and ReferencesEdit
- ↑ IMDb Image Vault
- ↑ Batman Promo
- ↑ Convention Signers
- ↑ Atlanti-Con
- ↑ Harry Potter Promo
- ↑ IMDb (incomplete)
- ↑ Lucasfilm's JediCon Show Review
- ↑ TheForce.net article re Memorabilia Show
- ↑ San Diego Comic Con official website
- ↑ The Wrap interview with Lucas Biographer
- ↑ Fan page statement regarding portraying Luke Skywalker
- ↑ Fan page statement regarding lunch with George Lucas
- ↑ Fan page comments regarding portraying Luke Skywalker
- ↑ Chris J Simpson Official Writing Website