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R2-D2: Beneath the Dome
"R2-D2: Beneath the Dome" DVD cover.
Film information
Directed by: Don Bies (special sequences)
Spencer Susser (special sequences)
Produced by: Anna Bies
Written by: Don Bies
Mary Beth Bresolin
Kim Bromley
Paul Ens
Nelson Hall
Gary Leva
George Lucas (R2-D2 character) (uncredited)
Distributed by: Lucasfilm Ltd.
20th Century Fox
Language: English
Budget: Unknown

R2-D2: Beneath the Dome is a 2001 American mockumentary short, directed by Don Bies and Spencer Susser, starring Kenny Baker as R2-D2 in a fictionalized life story of the robot from the Star Wars film series. The film, which was made as a fun project by the cast and crew of Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones, features celebrity interviews, fake archive photos, film clips, and behind the scenes footage.

StoryEdit

The film is narrated in a tongue-in-cheek E! True Hollywood Story style, giving the ups and downs of Artoo's life, from his humble upbringings in England to his successful life as an actor. The mockumentary achieves this by using interviews by those who "know" him, such as: George Lucas, Ewan McGregor, Francis Ford Coppola, Steven Spielberg, Richard Dreyfuss (who believes Artoo to be "a schmuck"), Samuel L. Jackson, Natalie Portman, Hayden Christensen, Bitsie Tulloch and more.

It introduces his human "family," complete with a brother and a sister. His birth name, "Reginald Dillingham," was changed for show biz. Lucas met R2 attending college at the University of Arizona working as an ash can. As it is revealed, Star Wars wasn’t his first role, as he had had many leading parts in plays and movies throughout the 1960s. R2 was originally invisioned by Coppola to play Michael Corleone in the 1972 film The Godfather, however the studio didn't see it and the part went to Al Pacino. He is shown to be quite the ladies man, with plenty of bikini clad women riding in his limo. R2 is said to have a human girlfriend who fears she might be pregnant. After the success of Return of the Jedi, the shortage of new work sends him into a depression in the 1980s. He goes so far down the spiral, and in an attempt to prove his worthiness, he bungee jumps and is nearly killed when the cord breaks. In 1998, his career then is reinvigorated when asked by George Lucas to do Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace.

InspirationEdit

The idea for this mockumentary was originally proposed by Don Bies, ILM Modelmaker and lead of the R2 production unit. George Lucas later gave the project his OK, as he has many times proclaimed that R2 is his favorite character, and he knew the fans could appreciate the joke.

R2-D2: Beneath the Dome continues in the footsteps of Return of the Ewok, a similar fun film made by the cast and crew during the filming of Return of the Jedi in 1982.

CastEdit

Actor Role Other notes
Bob Hesse Narrator (voice)
Kenny Baker R2-D2 Credited as himself
Robbie Edwards Robbie Dillingham
Jennifer Weil Claudia Dillingham-West
Bitsie Tulloch Bitsie Tullock Credited as herself
Dave Murphy Artoo's Buddy (at age 45)
Morgan Hamilton-Lee Artoo's Buddy (at age 10)
Bernie Hamilton-Lee School Principal
Mary Jo Hamilton-Lee School Teacher
Cecilia Hamilton-Lee School Kid
Phyllis Eblan School Mom
Brittany Eblan School Kid
Benjamin Bies Cute Kid
Anna Bies Emergency Room Technician
Kara Glieden Emergency Room Technician
Wendi Thomas Emergency Room Technician
Mark Havens Emergency Room Technician
Kathy Fischer Emergency Room Technician
Nelson Hall Artoo's Trainer
Grant Imahara Artoo's Technician
Fon Davis Artoo's Technician
Marilisa Lokna R2's Girl
Gina Rudometkin R2's Babe
Cheryl King R2's Chick
Zeynup Selcuk Artoo's Bungee Assistant
Justin Dix Artoo's Bungee Assistant
Trevor Tighe Artoo's Bungee Assistant
Barry Kite Scrooge
Brian Lockwood Bob Cratchit
Karen Kenepp Mrs. Cratchit
Alicia Peters Cratchit's Daughter
Steve Sansweet The Mayor
Lauren Vogt The Mayor's Wife
Bob Canning City Official
Les David City Official
Andrea Biklian Artoo Fan Club Member
Paula Nederman Artoo Fan Club Member
Sarah Peacock Artoo Fan Club Member
Billy Brooks Coffee Shop Patron
Steve Gawley Coffee Shop Patron
Salvatore Belleci Cop #1 (Starsky)
James Cotner Cop #2 (Hutch)
Michael Murnane Bad Guy Credited as Michael P. Murnane
Ahmed Best Himself Uncredited
Don Bies Himself Uncredited
Ben Burtt Himself Uncredited
Hayden Christensen Himself Uncredited
Candy Clark Herself Uncredited
Francis Ford Coppola Himself Uncredited
Anthony Daniels Himself Uncredited
Richard Dreyfuss Himself Uncredited
Carrie Fisher Herself Uncredited
Harrison Ford Himself Uncredited
Nick Gillard Himself Uncredited
Alec Guinness Himself (Archive footage) Uncredited
Robin Gurland Herself Uncredited
Mark Hamill Himself (Archive footage) Uncredited
Samuel L. Jackson Himself Uncredited
Christopher Lee Himself Uncredited
George Lucas Himself Uncredited
Rick McCallum Himself (Archive footage) Uncredited
Ewan McGregor Himself Uncredited
Dennis Muren Himself Uncredited
Natalie Portman Herself Uncredited
Steven Spielberg Himself Uncredited
Leeanna Walsman Herself (Archive Footage) Uncredited

Original releaseEdit

This mockumentary was originally made available, beginning on November 25, 2001 in the US on FOX. Internationally, it was released on the same day on starwars.com as three web featurettes as part of the lead up to the release of Episode II. It debuted first as a trailer accompanying the Thanksgiving television airing of Episode I, and then in three weekly installments on US TV and through the Internet. It is still currently available under the Episode II section on the website. A trailer was released for it on the FOX channel not long before its premier on US TV and on the site. This trailer was later put as a special feature on the Episode II DVD to in turn promote the low-profile release of the mockumentary itself on DVD.

DVD ReleaseEdit

The film was released as a Region 1 DVD on December 26, 2002, containing all three segments that were originally aired on US TV and on Starwars.com, plus the ending credits and an easter egg of photos of Artoo. The DVD was a low-profile, non-advertised release. It was made available exclusively at Best Buy and Musicland stores, which includes Suncoast Motion Picture Company, Media Play and Sam Goody outlets.

DVD Easter EggsEdit

On the 2002 DVD, there is a hidden bonus that is easy to access on the main menu. On the main menu that looks like a newspaper about Artoo, moving to the top selection and pressing the right button on the DVD remote will illuminate a blue shape inside Artoo’s dome. This allows the viewer access to a gallery of R2-D2 Star Wars production photos.

External linksEdit

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