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Kathleen (Koo) Stark Interview

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The site below recently posted part of an interview with Kathleen (Koo) Stark.  Seems to be from a convention (anyone guess a date? 5+ years ago?), also possibly to appear in future installments is Garrick Hagon, so there might be some future cut scene discussion to emerge.

http://cosmiclostandfound.com/Archive.html
Quote: "Recently discovered interview conducted by Richard Holliss"

*Spoiler* but generally gossipy

She weaves an interesting tale of how Carrie was in negotiations so as a backup they brought Stark in, then created the Cammie role when Carrie signed.  Looking at the two names now Carrie/Cammie maybe that's just a weird coincidence, but she does have the same general appearance.  Probably a ploy to get Carrie to sign, bring in someone else so that the other side realizes the urgency of the negotiations.  She seems to be playing up the 'conservative' aspects of Kurtz/GL and upper management team, in the second party story.

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Kathleen?  Weird.   Is Koo a nickname then?

Is Cammie mentioned anywhere earlier than the shooting script?

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Sluggo wrote:

Kathleen? Weird. Is Koo a nickname then?

Is Cammie mentioned anywhere earlier than the shooting script?

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Koo_Stark

Kathleen Dee-Anne Stark (also possibly at times using her mother's name 'Norris') Seen that on a few webpages.

Going off the scripts on the StarWarz Starkiller site, just the 4th draft/shooting script. (Camie in that script and on the recently released figured, my mistake)

Converting Carrie to Camie (almost a clerical error), but also a weirdly elegant way to disturb your main actress.  Something passive-aggresive about it.

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Maybe a little before most of you guys' time.  When I was a kid, she briefly had an almost career. I remember her, but not for anything I can actually remember - other than her almost being in Star Wars.

Funny how an image can stick with you forever.  I've only ever seen the same few outtakes and production stills as everyone else, but every time I listen to NPR Star Wars - when Cammie is speaking, it's Koo Stark.  To me, her face fits that sultry, rich voice on the NPR version.

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Wow, this was cool since I was under the impression that she had dropped off the radar and was basically MIA (i.e., doesn't want to be pestered by Star Wars nerds). I had heard that she was in softcore pornography, which only added to her mystery ("softcore porn" I think carries more of a stigma today though, whereas acting in a soft porn/erotic films in the early and mid 70s was more respectable since there was a lot of mainstream crossover). It is very interesting to hear about the Fisher casting bluff, since I don't believe that anecdote has been told anywhere else. Her description of Lucas and Kurtz seems pretty consistent with other people, even if she says both Lucas Kurtz were Quakers (Lucas isn't but Kurtz is; the fact that she assumed they both were is a telling indication of why the two worked together frequently, as conservatism such as that is rare in Hollywood).

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zombie84 said:

Wow, this was cool since I was under the impression that she had dropped off the radar and was basically MIA (i.e., doesn't want to be pestered by Star Wars nerds). I had heard that she was in softcore pornography, which only added to her mystery ("softcore porn" I think carries more of a stigma today though, whereas acting in a soft porn/erotic films in the early and mid 70s was more respectable since there was a lot of mainstream crossover). It is very interesting to hear about the Fisher casting bluff, since I don't believe that anecdote has been told anywhere else. Her description of Lucas and Kurtz seems pretty consistent with other people, even if she says both Lucas Kurtz were Quakers (Lucas isn't but Kurtz is; the fact that she assumed they both were is a telling indication of why the two worked together frequently, as conservatism such as that is rare in Hollywood).

George's father was a staunch Methodist and a conservative Republican.  Lucas is a Buddhist and a liberal Democrat, which probably was in the beginning done out of Rebellion against his upbringing.

Lucas considered himself a fiscal conservative and social liberal when Skywalking was written.  Maybe in the beginning he was a moderate but politically he has now since the prequel films were made gone far to the left.

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zombie84 wrote:

Wow, this was cool since I was under the impression that she had dropped off the radar and was basically MIA (i.e., doesn't want to be pestered by Star Wars nerds). I had heard that she was in softcore pornography, which only added to her mystery ("softcore porn" I think carries more of a stigma today though, whereas acting in a soft porn/erotic films in the early and mid 70s was more respectable since there was a lot of mainstream crossover). It is very interesting to hear about the Fisher casting bluff, since I don't believe that anecdote has been told anywhere else. Her description of Lucas and Kurtz seems pretty consistent with other people, even if she says both Lucas Kurtz were Quakers (Lucas isn't but Kurtz is; the fact that she assumed they both were is a telling indication of why the two worked together frequently, as conservatism such as that is rare in Hollywood).

If you read her Wiki page she did drop off the radar but most likely because of health concerns, breast cancer, and all the press from dating a UK Royal probably made the public light annoying.  Going by the age of her and Hagon (hairline/color), this interview might be closer to 10+ years.  Could be a 30 years of SW, i've asked the site to post more info, when they update.

The movie which gave her the tag is Emily, haven't seen it but it sounds like top nudity which was in plenty of other 70s movies.  But since it was a scene which had two women the lesbian stigma probably convinced everyone to call it pornography.  'Emily' was released in 1976, either the scene is not that big a deal, or Kurtz and Lucas were in different mind frame back then.  With all the attention they pay to adult SW material nowadays it's interesting that the movie could have had a different star.  but conservatism with drug and alcohol doesn't necessarily convert to conservatism with nudity.

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TV's Frink said:

Joey said:

 

How you doin'?

That's for sure.  Haven't  seen near enough to have an opinion on her acting chops, but man, she was gorgeous. She certainly has the look of a can-take-care-of-herself princess.

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This story, of being up for the Leia part, was in the 2010 "Star Wars Insider Interviews" issue...

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skyjedi2005 said:

George's father was a staunch Methodist and a conservative Republican.  Lucas is a Buddhist Methodist and a liberal Democrat, which probably was in the beginning done out of Rebellion against his upbringing.

 Fixed it for ya. =D

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DuracellEnergizer said:

skyjedi2005 said:

George's father was a staunch Methodist and a conservative Republican.  Lucas is a Buddhist Methodist and a liberal Democrat, which probably was in the beginning done out of Rebellion against his upbringing.

 Fixed it for ya. =D

Can't be a Buddhist-Methodist anymore than you can be an atheist-Christian or a Muslim-Christian.  Two separate religions cannot be combined into one.   Anymore than a person for classification purposed can be an Democrat -Republican

I take what he said as combining his being raised as a Christian and the values he took away from that, to his adult self and eastern spiritualism he embraced. 

I also understand other than in idealism he is not a classical Buddhist because he does not really seem to practice the religion its more of a social/psychological construct taken from his study of Joseph Campbell than anything. 

You know like new age spiritualism and Zen the left embraced in the sixties, which confuses those in the east who are true adherents to the religion who it is a lifestyle and not just a mental vision/construct.

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this all sounds like the fiscal conservatives who have progressive cultural leanings.  If you're going to say no one can be blank-blank, i'll say no one is fully blank.  So this post is full of shit, take that to the bank.  when's more of the video going to be posted...