I couldn't Troop at this event as they wanted
"clean" TKs only, and now I'm a Sandtrooper I didn't
apply - so I signed up as the helper for the two Troopers....wasn't
going to miss out on a chance like this!!
Exciting was not the word for that morning as I made my way
to the hotel to meet Tim, Andy and the GMTV driver. I was
bricking it as John H was too busy to attend so it was just
me and the guys. I'd had to liaise with Nick the GMTV dude
who sounded really nice and he sorted a lift for us and gave
us numbers to ring if I had any probs.
We got to the gates and people were waiting outside for the
stars so we were gawped at as we got out of the Voyager with
it's shaded windows. We got shown to a small changing room
and briefed as to what was going to heppen - they wanted the
Troopers to have a "fight" with the Entertainment
Tonight presenters, who would be dressed as Solo and Leia.
Mark was due to arrive at 0800.
We were taken into the studio to see where we'd be, there
were wires all over the floor....argh!! I had visions of Troopers
tripping over them on live TV but the lads didn't put a foot
wrong. Prime Minister GORDON BROWN was being
interviewed with Kelly Holmes so we stood and watched, I coudln't
believe I was in the same air space as the Prime Minister,
and I also couldn't believe that security wasn't tighter.
Our bags weren't searched or checked, we were allowed to go
and stand around in the studio while he was live on air -
if I'd been some sort of nutter I could have taken him out
in front of the whole nation.
He came over afterwards and we shook his hand and I told
him to "Please run the country better than
Tony did" to which he did the usual politician's
smile and moved on. My mum said I should have "hit him
and asked him about Grammar Schools" :D
We watched the presenters running through the Star Wars introduction
with their lightsabres during the commercial break, then went
back to our changing rooms just as Mark arrived. Andy called
his name and we introduced ourselves as "your Stormtroopers
for the morning" to which he looked indignant and said
"Why wasn't I told about this?? Who's in charge here??!!!",
we thought he was just fooling around but the we realised
he was really pissed off. AAARGH!!!!
Luckily Nick came over and took control, spoke to Mark like
he was a naughty child and got him in his changing room to
explain. I think he also saw our faces and told Mark that
he'd probably scared the crap out of us with his outburst.
I was peeping out the door to see or hear anything and as
Nick left the changing room, Mark came out too and straight
over to us to apologise and say "sorry guys, misunderstanding"
- we asked if we could see him after the interview and he
said yes no problem, we were SO RELIEVED Turns out he thought
they were going to dress him up in Trooper armour and he was
NOT happy about it ....
We also got the chance to chat to Luke's young daughter who
was blonde and very sweet. Imagine growing up at school and
being able to say "yeah my dad's Luke Skywalker"
We were taken back to the studio ready to do the live slot,
and I got separated from the Troopers and told to sit on the
GMTV sofa - yes THE GMTV sofa while the ET
spot was filmed opposite. Tim and Andy disappeared to go get
ready with Mark, then after the intro on they came with Mark
"under arrest" and marched him to the sofa, it was
Took lots of pics of the guys with various GMTV girls who
all wanted pics, and we also got the presenters too, then
there was Mark and we had him all to ourselves for about 10
mins while he signed stuff and chatted and posed for pics.
I could hardly believe that the young blonde farmboy who stared
wistfully at the two setting suns of Tatooine during John
Williams' swelling music in Star Wars was actually standing
in the same air space as me....after all the years of watching
the films, I never EVER guessed I'd meet one of the biggest
He was dead nice and he talked about how he read about redheads
being bullied and picked on in the papers and how unfair that
was and what a nice colour my hair was :D He signed the guys
shoulder bells and books and a DVD set for them too.
Got great feedback from Nick who also apologised again for
Mark's outburst and said that the morning had gone "brilliantly".
Considering it was Friday 13th it was the luckiest day of
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