it the same way, but different"
("Princess Lara"): I had done exactly one
movie. Mitch Hamlin, he was just a kid, he hadn't done any.
Michaelson was hot off of "Memory Lane," but "Star
Saga" was still only his third feature. So basically,
none of us knew how to act. But it worked out, because Jim
didn't know how to direct.
Hamlin ("Bo Skystunner"): Jim is a great director,
but he's not an actor's director. He's more a scale model
in front of blue screen's director. His direction was always
something like, "Do it the same way, but different."
I loved my character, but I know certain people had problems,
especially with the dialogue.
Shane ("Mann Loner"): Thank you for asking
me to participate in this project. I have very fond memories
of working with Jim Loomis and the cast and crew of "Star
Saga." My affection for these people and the three
wonderful movies we made together remains undiminished,
even after all the many, many popular and critically acclaimed
films I have starred in over the years.
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Spiegelman (director, "Teeth," "Plunderers
of the Secret Tomb"): Jim is what I'd call an historically
aware filmmaker. I don't know why people feel compelled
to throw around words like derivative. So much of "Star
Saga" is his tribute, sometimes shot-for-shot, to the
films that he loved, and that had already proven successful.
If you look closely at the climactic laser knife fight,
you can see the influence of "West Side Story."
Mariah Loomis (Jim Loomis' first wife): The first test
screening almost killed "Star Saga." When it was
over, no one spoke for a long time. No one would look at Jim.
climactic laser knife fight was a shot-for-shot tribute
to West Side Story.
LaDonna (director, "Killer in Drag," "Twin
Bodies"): I said something like, "Jesus, Jim.
If you're going to rip off other movies, make it Hitchcock,
not this kiddie shit."
Loomis: Finally Stephen says, "None of you get
itthis is going to make a fortune. It's like 'Flash
Gordon' in outer space!" I thought "Flash Gordon"
was in outer space.