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Published On: Thu, Aug 23rd, 2012

Biggs, Garrick Hagon, talks ‘Star Wars,’ the X-wing shoot and coming to Orlando

Garrick Hagon is part of the lengthy guest list for this week’s Star Wars Celebration VI in Orlando, Florida. Hagon is a British actor famous for playing Biggs Darklight, Luke’s close friend, in “Star Wars: A New Hope” as well as a resume full of stage and voice work.

Biggs Darklighter, Garrick Hagon, will be one of the many guests at Star Wars Celebration VI photo/20th Century Fox/Lucasfilm

Speaking with Examiner.com via a phone interview from his home in London, Hagon expressed some surprise that the 1977 “Star Wars” film turned 35 this year and this SW Celebration Convention is sure to be buzzing.

“I am pleased to survive (laughs) and I’m looking forward to it (convention) as I get to see some good friends there.”

“35 years! It doesn’t seem possible.” He added that he and Gary Kurtz were fortunate enough to visit the Tunisia location for a documentary. “Star Wars is really kept alive by these conventions, (and it) regenerates us.”

Hagon’s Biggs character is popular among the fans, but didn’t manage to survive the X-Wing assault on the Death Star. Hagon tried to describe the filming experience.

“They told me to look around in all directions. There was a toy in front me, a plastic toy, so I ad-libbed. It was so primitive in those days. They would shake the seat and a metal arc would simulate turning by rotating.”

When asked about the Death Star, if he had even seen the model at that point, the British actor had to plead ignorance.

“No. We had no idea of the magic to come, playing with all of these virtual toys. We assumed it was some sort of craft, no idea except through a few drawings. It was a true discovering later when we saw the film.”

Star Wars Conventions are full of rabid fans with intense questions and crazy costumes.

“I was asked to sign parts, but mostly it’s conventional, even though some were unconventional people.”

Hagon and his wife, , had the opportunity to work together on the 1989 “Batman” film as husband and wife

“It was a fun project. I like Tim Burton very much. (He) left much of it up to us, which was good…short, but sweet. Tim was great to work with.”

Hagon added that he and his wife worked together often, doing voice work together, but this was the only time they appeared on film together.

Contact Garrick Hagon on his website and check out his “Biggs Darklighter” webiste here.

For more information, details on the panels or the schedule, check out the Star Wars Celebration website here.

The convention runs Thursday through Sunday, August 23-26. Get your tickets to Star Wars Celebration VIhere.

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