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Old 06-18-2012, 08:08 AM  
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Star Wars fan rebuilds Luke Skywalker's home

Darth Spader to the rescue: Star Wars fan rebuilds Luke Skywalker's desert 'igloo' from 1977 film after it falls into disrepair

* Terry Cooper leads team of movie nuts in renovation of iconic building
* Sci-fi writer was shocked to find it falling to pieces in Tunisian desert

By Simon Tomlinson

PUBLISHED: 21:12 EST, 17 June 2012 | UPDATED: 03:30 EST, 18 June 2012

A movie fan has renovated one of the most famous buildings in Star Wars after it was in danger of being lost forever.

Terry Cooper led a team which has repaired the desert home of young hero Luke Skywalker featured in the first film of the series.

The 'igloo' was built in the Tunisian desert where many of the scenes were shot near the remote village of Tataouine.


Sci-fi fan Terry, 42, visited the desert to see the Skywalker house - but was horrified to see it was crumbling.

Terry said: 'It's such an iconic building to fantasy fans.

'It was going to waste for the sake of a relatively small amount of money and effort to save it.'

Terry raised cash to preserve the iconic building - and other film fans said: 'May the force be with you.'

Terry recruited other Star Wars fans to return the igloo to its original condition before it falls to pieces.

The fans from Europe and the US have re-plastered and repaired the plywood and chicken wire building working in blistering 115F heat.

Director George Lucas named the planet in a 'far far away galaxy' Tatooine after the dusty village in the Sahara.

He was one of millions across the world who watched the 1977 Star Wars movie - the first film in the original trilogy.

The igloo home of Luke and his foster family was destroyed by stormtroopers from the Galactic Empire.

Terry, of Cardiff, said: 'I last visited the set three years ago and it was sad to see the structure falling into disrepair.

'The degradation of the site was quite dramatic and without work on it could be lost forever.'

Terry is a keen sci-fi writer who has penned the Kangazang! novels - and his first book was narrated for audio by former Dr Who star Colin Baker.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/arti...ing-igloo.html

Tatty-ooine: Luke Skywalker's crumbling 'igloo' as shocked Star Wars fan Terry Cooper found it when he visited the structure in the remote Tunisian desert




The light side: The finished article after Mr Cooper toiled in 115F heat to re-plaster and repair the plywood and chicken wire building used in the 1977 film



May the farce be with you: Mr Cooper was horrified to find that such an iconic film location was crumbling when it only required a reasonably modest sum to renovate




Hut nut: Mr Cooper (pictured), a keen sci-fi writer, sought help from fellow Star Wars fans to return the igloo to its original condition



Striking back: Cardiff man Mr Cooper said the degradation of the site was 'quite dramatic' and without work could have been lost forever


A New Hope: Proud Mr Copper outside the finished igloo, which in the film was destroyed by stormtroopers from the Galactic Empire


Iconic setting: Luke Skywalker emerges from his home in the 1977 Star Wars film
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Old 06-18-2012, 08:13 AM   #2
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Why didnt Lucas pay to keep it up?
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Old 06-18-2012, 08:17 AM   #3
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Why didnt Lucas pay to keep it up?
Because he's an asshole.
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Old 06-18-2012, 08:27 AM   #5
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Old 06-18-2012, 08:51 AM   #7
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Why didnt Lucas pay to keep it up?
Why would he give a shit? Why should he?

I mean, I hate Darth Lucas as much as the next guy, but for pissing all over the first three movies with the last three, not worrying about some 35 year old set in the middle of the Sahara.
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Old 06-18-2012, 08:55 AM   #8
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Why would he give a shit? Why should he?

I mean, I hate Darth Lucas as much as the next guy, but for pissing all over the first three movies with the last three, not worrying about some 35 year old set in the middle of the Sahara.
Yea, i should have made my point more clear. If Lucas didnt give a crap, why should this guy?
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Old 06-18-2012, 09:31 AM   #10
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I'm just stunned that it was still there. I just assumed they tore it down when finished shooting. And having left it there, I can't believe ANYTHING is left ... that after 30+ years, people would've cannibalized it, leaving virtually nothing but a hole in the ground.
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I'm just stunned that it was still there. I just assumed they tore it down when finished shooting. And having left it there, I can't believe ANYTHING is left ... that after 30+ years, people would've cannibalized it, leaving virtually nothing but a hole in the ground.
I thought I read somewhere that they renovated it for the final scenes in Revenge of the Sith - not 100% positive though.
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I'm sure it's blue cheese by now.
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I'm just stunned that it was still there. I just assumed they tore it down when finished shooting. And having left it there, I can't believe ANYTHING is left ... that after 30+ years, people would've cannibalized it, leaving virtually nothing but a hole in the ground.
I'm sure the fact that it's located in the middle of nowhere in the Sahara desert has something to do with that. If it was anywhere in the U.S. it would've been stolen and placed in the basement of some Star Wars dork's house years ago.
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