Luke Skywalker. Han Solo. Chewbacca. Princess Leia. Darth Vader. Every "Star Wars" fan worth his or her weight in lightsabers knows these characters inside and out. But what about Luke's childhood friend Biggs Darklighter?
Don't remember Biggs? Played by actor Garrick Hagon, Biggs lived on Tatooine, but unlike Luke he was able to attend the Imperial Academy.
As we all know from "A New Hope," Uncle Owen wanted to keep Luke on the moisture farm for another season instead of letting him go to the academy with Biggs. Eventually, Luke runs into Biggs again when they are reunited on Yavin 4 to plan the Rebels' attack on the Death Star.
Sadly, many of the original scenes with Biggs are cut from the final release of "A New Hope," and fans have had to turn to the Expanded Universe of comics and books to get the broader story of Biggs' life...until now.
Fan and filmmaker Jamie Benning has made a short documentary -- "Blast It Biggs! Where Are You?" -- that tells the story of the deleted movie scenes that contained Biggs and includes an interview with Hagon.
We learn from the documentary that Biggs' scenes were cut by filmmaker George Lucas to help with the pacing of "A New Hope," but fans were always curious about Biggs and Luke's friendship, especially since the 1997 Special Edition release of "A New Hope" added back in the cut scene of Luke and Biggs catching up before the big Death Star battle.
"Blast It Biggs! Where Are You?" is an entertaining mix of behind-the-scenes footage, deleted scenes, film photos and home movie footage, as well as Hagon fondly chatting about his experiences filming "A New Hope," which gives "Star Wars" fans even more to savor and to debate about.
Since 2006, Benning has made five unofficial feature-length documentaries, or as he calls them, "filmumentaries," including this one, which can be found at Filmumentaries.com.
"I've already done feature-length projects on 'Star Wars,' 'The Empire Strikes Back,' 'Return of the Jedi,' 'Raiders of the Lost Ark' and 'Jaws,'" Benning said on his Patreon page. "But now I'd like to make some short video interviews with more unsung heroes. I have already spoken to special effects guru Kevin Pike about his work on 'Back to the Future' and 'Return of the Jed' and puppeteer Toby Philpott about his time Inside Jabba the Hutt."
Fans who donate more than $3 to Benning's Patreon page also get bonus material, which includes the entire 55-minute cut of Benning's audio interview with Hagon.