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Starkiller, the moody hero of The Force Unleashed video games, has become a key character in the Star Wars canon. But what's it like bringing him to virtual life? Sam Witwer discusses the challenges of working in interactive entertainment.

On the set of Star Wars, a long, long time ago, an exasperated Harrison Ford is alleged to have yelled, "you can type this shit, George, but you sure as hell can't say it". He was referring to the tortured sci-fi exactness of lines like, "It'll take a few moments to get the coordinates from the navi-computer," but it's the whole arcane language and terminology of the Star Wars universe that must befuddle some actors. Through all his years of repertory theatre, through the Ealing comedies and that magisterial work with David Lean, Alec Guiness would never have had to say anything like, "And these blast points, too accurate for Sandpeople. »

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