As we approach the long awaited "Sith" opening (and it becomes impossible to avoid the film, so saturated is the media), various papers look at the people (er, aliens?), real and fictional, who make up the cultural juggernaut that is "Star Wars":
The New York Times profiles Steve Sansweet, a former Wall Street Journal reporter, and such a massive "Star Wars" fan that he managed to achieve "Star Wars" nirvana, getting hired as Lucasfilm’s head of fan relations.
The Age talks to Simon Dewar, another fan and the man behind Vader Maker Australia, the, yes, definitive site on constructing your own Darth Vader costume.
The San Francisco Chronicle waxes overly dramatic describing the fall of Anakin Skywalker and the rise of Vader ("Palpatine invites Anakin to a Faustian dance. Anakin curtsies. Doom ensues."). Also in the Chronicle, an interview with the rather delightful English actor Anthony Daniels, who plays C-3PO ("Threepio") in all six films, and a look at the unexpected and enduring popularity of Boba Fett, a character who only ever spoke five lines in the first trilogy (one of them "Aaaaaaaaargh!").
And in the Telegraph, an interview with Ian McDiarmid, who plays Supreme Chancellor Palpatine/the eeeeeevil Darth Sidious.
+ The Force Is With the Fans (One Superfan, in Particular) (NY Times)
+ Our own Dark Lord (The Age)
+ Behind Darth’s mask (SF Chronicle)
+ Which wine to pair with ‘Star Wars’? Ask the man who plays C-3PO. (SF Chronicle)
+ Forget Anakin — for die-hard fans, Boba Fett rules (SF Chronicle)
+ More evil than Darth Vader (Telegraph)