One of the greatest methods of giving to charity might have been invented through J.J. Abrams who’s now connected UNICEF to “Star Wars: Episode VII.” While it might seem odd to connect an internationally acclaimed charity and use it as a lottery game for a cameo in “Episode VII”, one has to hope that people would give to UNICEF under their own volition without hoping for a movie cameo. No matter how you feel about connecting an important cause to likely the most anticipated movie of all time, it’s probably going to work. With the “Star Wars” fanbase perhaps exceeding half the population of earth now, UNICEF is likely going to have record donations this summer.
But once you enter, have you ever wondered what that cameo in “Episode VII” is going to entail? With plenty of mystery, we have to look to other movies that allowed cameos in films and how much of a risk there is to it. Also, you have to wonder just what kind of character the cameo will be, or if the person taking part will have a choice.
Cameos on the Cutting Room Floor
You have to assume whoever wins the contest in having an “Episode VII” cameo will have a contract with plenty of legalese. In the fine print, there may be one stipulation: There’s a small chance the cameo could end up on the cutting room floor.
Yes, there’s a history of cameos of even famous people in movies being cut due to last-minute director decisions. In some cases, it could even be due to test screenings and having to cut certain scenes in order to appease the public. You can be sure that when “Episode VII” releases, it’s going to have more scrutiny for it than any film ever made in history. It’s a burden J.J. Abrams obviously has to turn off psychologically while the movie films. Yet, the real editing work may happen after those test screenings at some point late next year.
In that regard, the promised cameo may be filmed, though it may not be guaranteed to be seen in movie theaters. If not there, you have to expect the person’s cameo would definitely be available on the Blu-ray edition as an extra for the sake of posterity. For some, that might be even more memorable since it can be played back multiple times. You can also see the winner creating a .gif file of their cameo to keep on their computer hard drive.
The real mystery, though, is what kind of character will the cameo be? Will the winner be forced to be an alien, or can there really be more human characters in the “Star Wars” universe?
Are Humans Only Relegated to the Main Cast?
The biggest fans of “Star Wars” usually don’t mind dressing up as the most pretentious alien ever dreamed up. All of the “Star Wars” movies have some of the strangest-looking aliens in movie history, even if fans will tell you that they’re just a metaphor for diversity and they’re just as beautiful as the human characters.
You can certainly take the above point to heart, even if the makeup that needs to be applied may not be for everyone. For someone who’s never been in alien makeup before, they may be in for a rude awakening while in the makeup chair. What happens, though, if the winner insists they don’t want to be an alien and instead someone at least halfway more human?
Are all the human characters mainly centered in the big-name cast? When dealing with cameos, J.J. Abrams may prefer letting the iconic human characters stand out from the rest of the possibly new and elaborate alien characters. A cameo seems more likely suited to an alien creature, or at least one of those aliens who looks halfway human. You also have the question of whether the cameo will involve a line or just standing in place as prior Stormtrooper extras once did.
Considering the budget rollout for “Episode VII”, you have to assume the cameo may be an elaborate character, complete with the exotic wardrobe that gives field days to fashion designers. You have no ordinary humans in the “Star Wars” world, even if it’s no challenge to imagine a parody of someone from the Jedi showing up in a scene with a dirty T-shirt and shorts. Only Han Solo seems to be the closest to looking dressed down. Luke will likely be in a robe now, and Princess Leia is likely wearing something overly regal with perhaps a mile-long train.
If only we could see that “Episode VII” cameo contract to see what it says. To be a part of film history may be enough for the above winner. At the same time, you have to hope that giving to UNICEF will still inspire others to give more to show that we’re still on earth and not in a galaxy far, far away.