Actor, Guy Henry, had the great task of portraying Grand Moff Tarkin in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story and he owes that fine portrayal to Sherlock Holmes…
By now, you’ve seen Rogue One: A Star Wars Story in theaters and you’re probably talking to your friends about all the cool effects director Gareth Edwards put into the film. One such effect was actor Guy Henry taking on the monumental role of Grand Moff Tarkin, formerly portrayed by the now deceased, Peter Cushing.
Gareth Edwards was able to have Henry in the role, and looking exactly like Cushing’s Tarkin, through motion capture and a bit of enhanced CGI. However, as Empire Magazine tells us, Henry got the role for Grand Moff Tarkin in Rogue One, because of his acting skills as Sherlock Holmes.
Edwards explains that he was sent a clip of Henry, who portrayed a young Sherlock Holmes and would get prepared for his scenes by watching clips of Peter Cushing as an older Sherlock Holmes.
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"Because he tried to absorb that in his character and then became famous for that, he sort of kept Peter Cushing in him throughout the years. As soon as that clip ended, we just looked at each other and went, “we found him.” And then I had to go and convince him in a restaurant to do this. You’re basically going up to an actor and saying, “now, you’re going to be in a film. It’s a big film. It’s called Star Wars. But we’re not going to see your face. You’re actually going to look totally like someone else. And you’re not allowed to tell anyone”."
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Guy Henry’s turn as Grand Moff Tarkin in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story is definitely one of the more talked about parts of the film. While I could personally tell there was some form of CGI used to recreate the infamous Star Wars character, Gareth Edwards and his team did an excellent job of bringing such a great Star Wars villain back to the big screen.