WASHINGTON – Most of the time,they are a bakery clerk,a historic house curator and a computer professional.
But Thursday night,they took on different roles.
Longtime friends Becky Meshaw,45,of Washington,the grocery store bakery clerk; Polly Luttrull,45,of Ethel,La.,the historic house museum curator; and Alan Chafim,45,of Baton Rouge,La.,the computer professional,attended one of 10 national premiers for “Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith”
They have anticipated this final part of the Lucasfilm's second “Star Wars” trilogy for years. They dressed as characters in the film,in outfits that cost the three more than $500 and took them nearly a year to make.
Meshaw was Shmi Skywalker (Luke's grandmother and Darth Varder's mother),and Luttrull was Padme Amidala Skywalker (Vader's wife and Luke's mother). Chafim said he was a “generic Jedi.”
“Its passion. If people recognize who you are then you've succeeded,” Meshaw said. “It goes back to Lucas and his vision to be as accurate as possible.”
The two women saw the first Star Wars movie back in the 1970s and took Chafim with them when they saw it a second time.
The three said they waited all of their lives for the release of the film and followed news on the third installment. Once they heard that there was a premiere and the proceeds would benefit a charity,Chafim and Luttrull traveled from Louisiana to join Meshaw to watch the film.
As volunteers for the Children's Defense Fund,they got in free to see the movie.
One notable person at the charity event was Princess Leia,actress Carrie Fisher. Fisher,whose character played a major role in the first three Star Wars films,walked the red carpet with local dignitaries.
All 10 premieres benefited charities,and the one here will help the Children's Defense Fund. The film opens nationally Thursday.
Since 1973,the Children's Defense Fund has helped poor,minority and disabled children get fair and safe starts in life. The CDF also speaks for millions of children whose interests are not represented.
“Revenge of the Sith” is the third installment in George Lucas' trilogy centering around young Anakin Skywalker and his progression from good to the evil Darth Vader. Episode III concludes Lucas' second trilogy,the prequel to the first Star Wars trilogy that premiered in 1977.
Tickets for the premier were $250,and VIP tickets were $500. A CDF spokesman said it was still counting the money and could not say how much was raised but that all of the more than 860 seats were filled,about 300 of them by children,who got in free.