When you tune in Friday to Star Wars: The Clone Wars, you might find a pale blue alien awfully familiar—and it won't just be because you remember him from a brief glimpse in the background during Revenge of the Sith. No, if you recognize the Pantoran elder going by the name of Papanoida, it'll be because he also goes by the name—George Lucas.
Lucas explained his cameo appearance in a statement today:
"My appearance in Episode III was just for fun," he said. "Mostly I did it for my kids. I was wrapping the series, and I'd never been on screen in a Star Wars film, even though I'd been making them for decades. With The Clone Wars, I get the best of both worlds, because I get a starring role but don't have to do any acting or wear any blue makeup."
But don't expect to hear Lucas' voice coming out of Papanoida's CGI lips. Instead, Corey Burton, who portrayed both Count Dooku and Cad Bane on Clone Wars, will be bringing the character to life. And he WON'T be trying to sound like Lucas, but rather like Orson Welles in the role of Harry Lime from The Third Man.
Check out a clip of the episode below.
According to director Dave Filoni, "This was a surreal episode to produce, since the guy on screen was sitting right next to me while we were making it."
So what did you think of George Lucas' killing spree?