Published On: Sat, Aug 25th, 2012

Zac and Jesse Jensen discuss ‘Star Wars’ makeup, action and Kit Fisto smile

As thousands of rabid Star Wars fans converged on Orlando for Star Wars Celebration VI this weekend. With an extensive guest list and a ton of activities, fans had countless activities to choose from for entertainment.  Zac and Jesse Jensen are two of actors who played Jedi Knights on the Star Wars Saga, available for photos, autographs and questions.

Jesse Jensen at Star Wars Celebration VI photo/Brandon Jones

Saturday The Global Dispatch was able to speak to the two young actors about their experiences playing Kit Fisto and Saesee Tiin and the exciting scene at the convention.

“I honestly love doing this. I have a great time checking it all out,” Zac began, referencing the convention packed full of fans and vendors. Both actors expressed interest in browsing the halls themselves before explaining to extensive makeup process.

“4 1/2 hours on, hour-and-half off,” Jesse said. “Mine might have been faster than Zac’s.” Zac described how the time would vary slightly, but stated with a grin: “It was fun though.”

The pair was transformed into the two alien Jedi Knights, mostly famous for the incredible climactic battle scene in “Attack of the Clones.” Nick Gillard, the stunt man and coordinator, was on-hand to instruct the actors.

“I said to him ‘I’m going to be working with you’ as it would be an action scene day, but I didn’t know anything,” Zac explained.  Lightsaber training was a dream of most young “Star Wars” fans and the Jensens are no different. Jesse added that “Ben Burtt and the ADs came over to talk to us as a group.”

Zac Jensen at Star Wars Celebration VI photo/Brandon Jones

“But George asked for the smile shot,” Jesse added referring to Kit Fisto’s famous smile after saving C-3PO.

“That was all Zac. Under all of the make-up, that was his smile.”

Both of the men describing being huge fans of the original “Star Wars” film.

“Totally! (We were) always jumping around as a jedi as a  kid,” Zac explained. Jesse describing owning the 70’s version of a lightsaber with the plastic tube and flashlight.

“(That’s) where is all started I suppose,” Jesse concluded.

Jesse Jensen now works extensively on “Survivor,” starting in 2000 and playing a huge role as a Production Designer and Producer. Zac joins his brother on the “Survivor” shoots as well.


Zac Jenson as Kit Fisto, smiling after saving C-3PO photo/20th Century Fox and Lucasfilm



Zac Jenson as Kit Fisto, smiling after saving C-3PO photo/20th Century Fox and Lucasfilm


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