Celebration Retrospectives: The night I had a glass of wine with Rick McCallum
Kieth mentioned that we needed lanyards for D23 a few minutes ago over iMessage. I knew I had some around my place somewhere. That’s when I hit the jackpot, my old Star Wars Celebration passes. I picked up my Star Wars Celebration II lanyard and remembered that there was a Star Wars Insider lanyard as well as a regular badge lanyard. That’s when I noticed my Three Day badge was signed by Rick McCallum. The ink had not vanished, although it had faded a little.
I can’t remember the name of the bar now where I met him. There were all kinds of parties going on that night. I had been to a few, but I was not really feeling the vibe at most of them. So I walked around downtown Indiana. That’s when this local on the street stopped me and asked what I was looking for. I told him I was just exploring the area really. He suggested a place about a block away.
The bar was really dead. But it had a good vibe, they were playing lots of good guitar based jazz, and I could see sitting here for an hour or two until bed time. I had a glass of red wine, it was really nice after drinking tap beer for a few hours. The bar was comfortable, so I stayed.
That’s when someone sits right next to me at the bar. There were probably six or seven open stools along the bar. This guy sits right next to me. I was a little annoyed at fist. I like my personal space, I really like my personal space after a day in close proximity to people. I looked at the person, probably to give him a dirty look and it was like seeing someone you used to know or something. It was Rick McCallum. I met him briefly at Celebration I and I had watched him on StarWars.com videos for hours and hours.
He instantly started talking to me. He was a really nice guy. He said he had forty five minutes to kill. He looked at my glass and ordered the same thing. I had a Queen shirt on and we got to talking about the history of rock ‘n roll and jazz. Then he ordered us both another glass. He was a nice, normal guy, a a solid conversationalist. But it was hard to keep my cool, because Rick McCallum bought me a glass of wine! If you’re reading this blog, I assume you understand. At that point, I didn’t feel it would be cool to ask him about Star Wars. So we got into the films of Alejandro Jodorowsky and he recommended some other filmmakers I sadly have forgotten now.
As he was getting ready to leave, he noticed my Star Wars Celebration badge. He pulled out his sharpie and he signed my badge. He said he hoped I liked the movie (he meant Attack of the Clones and I liked it very much). He recommended a place that had giant beers near the convention hall. I joked I would see him there tomorrow.
I sat there for a few moments just soaking in the experience a little. That made Star Wars Celebration II for me. Eleven years later and I’m still happy I had the experience. He produced Young Indy and five Star Wars films at that point! It doesn’t really get any better than that. Then the weirdest thing ever happened. Kenneth Colley and Julian Glover walk in and order a glass of wine. Admiral Piett and General Veers, walk into a bar. It isn’t the setup to a joke, it really happened.
The two actors don’t sit at the bar but they stand at a pillar behind me. We spoke for a few moments. That’s when Julian Glover pulls out 8×10 signed photos and says he will give me one for $10 or I can buy him a glass of wine. So I bought them both a glass of wine. The conversation was pretty stifled though.But what do you expect from guys that fly Star Destroyers and drive AT-ATs? They were both really nice, but I was young guy and we just didn’t really have much in common. I also suspect they needed a break after a day of dealing with fans.
It was the weirdest Star Wars night of my life. I’ll never forget it, that’s for sure.
My Star Wars Celebration badge signed by Rick McCallum.