Say what you want about George Lucas, I was still surprised to see him flip his lid and go this absolutely bat-guano mental. You’ll only see three of his own personal victims hit the dirt in this clip, but it looks like the shootout is far from over at the fade to black. How many could he kill in just this one room? Scary stuff.
Okay, so it’s not exactly George Lucas per se, but his likeness. The character, Baron Papnadoia, was played by Lucas in a live action cameo that lasted just a heartbeat in one of the prequels (see the head of the post) but the animated version seems to have a centre-stage role in a new episode of The Clone Wars.
Director Dave Filoni has said:
This was a surreal episode to produce, since the guy on screen was sitting right next to me while we were making it.
Perhaps Papnadoia will take a recurring role in the long-vaunted live action series? Anything, really, to justify the character’s huge IMDB bio. Here it is in full – it’s crazy, especially seeing as it was written when the character had only a handful of seconds of screen time.
N. Papanoida was a Pantoran baron living on Coruscant during the final decades of the Galactic Republic. He was known to frequent the Galaxies Opera House in the Uscru District.
Papanoida was once a humble playwright on his homeworld of Pantora, and had a number of hits that became immensely popular among his people. The success of his plays helped fund Papanoida’s growing entertainment empire, and Papanoida himself became an influential trade guild baron. He kept much of his past shrouded in mystery, so it was not known how Baron Papanoida was able to cultivate his information network that some claimed even rivaled the famed Bothan Spynet. Baron Papanoida converses with Chi Eekway outside Chancellor Palpatine’s private box at the Galaxies Opera House.
During the time of the Clone Wars, Papanoida made frequent visits to the Galaxies Opera House; his love of the performing arts was one of the few aspects of his life Papanoida did not keep hidden. Papanoida was present at a performance of Squid Lake following the Battle of Coruscant, which Supreme Chancellor Palpatine also attended. Papanoida was an outspoken critic of Palpatine, though he did not concern himself with any overt political actions against the Chancellor, such as the growing Delegation of 2,000. Papanoida instead relied on funneling information to Senators of conscience, including young Chi Eekway, the representative of Wroona. It was said that Papanoida was possibly connected to Eekway, though rumors of familial relationships betwixt them were false, as Eekway was actually a Twi’lek rather than a biological Pantoran.
Baron Papanoida served the Galactic Republic as an intelligence agent, though there was some question as to the Baron’s true allegianceit was rumored that he was, in fact, a double agent, loyal only to himself. This may have explained why he informed the Jedi Council that there was no Separatist presence on Utapau: a claim Jedi Master Obi-Wan Kenobi later proved false when he discovered the headquarters of General Grievous in Pau City. Papanoida did not comment on whether this was a genuine mistake or a deliberate omissiona stance that only added to his shifty reputation.
Thanks to his discretion towards his opposition of Palpatine, N. Papanoida was able to retain his standing as the Republic transitioned into the First Galactic Empire.
Thanks to Movieline for the quote and clip.