Paul Blake

Greedo : Going somewhere, Solo?
Han Solo : Yes, Greedo. 
Greedo : It’s too late. 
Han Solo : Yeah, but this time I’ve got the money.
Greedo : If you give it to me, I might forget I found you.
Han Solo : [stealthily going for his blaster] I don’t have it with me….
And the rest is history, but who shot first?

You can ask him yourself at SFS 2024!!

Paul Blake is best known for portraying Rodian bounty hunter Greedo in Star Wars. He also had minor roles in Some of My Best Friends Are… and Hennessy, as well as some roles in television series such as Down to Earth and Crossroads. He played many roles in theatres both in the UK and abroad, including the title role in Macbeth at Salisbury Playhouse and Charles Swann in the Glasgow Citizen’s Theatre production A Waste of Time (based on Proust’s À la recherche du temps perdu) amongst many others.

The character will live forever. For years I thought, “I’m a serious actor, I’ve played Macbeth, and on my tombstone it will say Here Lies Greedo”. And according to all my kids that’s pretty cool, so I feel very good about that now. [on being known only for his small role in Star Wars]

I was working with Anthony Daniels, who played C3PO, on Jackanory. He rang me after the show one night and said ‘I’m doing this film, it’s a science-fiction film and the director’s asked me if I know any other youngish character actors around who could do it, and I said you might be interested.’ The next day, I found myself at Elstree and I walked out very early in the morning after a long journey, desperate for something to drink. Walked out on to this massive soundstage, with this spaceship – the Millennium Falcon – at the other end. There’s nobody there except for one bloke in the corner. He looked like an assistant, so I said, ‘Excuse me, my name’s Paul. Somebody’s called me over here to see some guy, you couldn’t get me a cup of coffee, could you?’ And he went and got me a coffee. I said, ‘Thank you very much, do you know this guy called Lucas? George somebody-or-other? He’s the director of this.’ He said, ‘I’m George Lucas.’ So I’d made George Lucas go and get me a coffee.

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