'Master Skywalker' Star Wars Actor Was Paid Just £90 And Got Teased Because Of Role
Ross Beadman was just six years old when he played youngling Sors Bandeam, who confronts Anakin Skywalker (Hayden Christensen) after he rocks up at the Jedi Temple to wreak total havoc.
The terrified little Jedi asks: "Master Skywalker, there are too many of them... What are we going to do?"
Answering his question, Anakin pulls out his lightsaber and proceeds to kill them.
Now 22, it seems Beadman has had a fair bit of time to reflect on his time on the film - and his character's brutal death.
Speaking to fans during a Reddit Ask Me Anything session, Beadman was asked how it felt to take on a 'character that'd be killed off in their first/second appearance'.
The actor responded: "I didn't know that I'd get killed off until after I saw the premiere. Even then my parents told me that I survived to spare my feelings by my friends at school told me that I died after the film was released. I got over it after a few months."
You'd imagine appearing in one of the world's biggest movie franchises would rake in the big bucks, right? Well, not quite.
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Another fan asked Beadman: "Being a character in Star Wars must've been a big deal, were you given tickets to see the movie, or any form of thank you besides money?"
Beadman replied: "Aside from a small-ish amount of money for the role (£90 total), I was given tickets to see the premiere with my family."
Well, £90 to a six-year-old has to have felt exciting at the time - as would the attention it would bring at school, which was a perk another fan was curious to find out about.
"Did the role make you popular in school?" they asked.
Beadman wrote back to say the playground fame was something of a double-edged sword, explaining: "Yes and no. It was annoying as I was known as the Star Wars kid rather than a guy that just happened to be in Star Wars and there was teasing etc.
"Overall though, I think it gave my popularity a boose because people liked the movie in general."
As for the line itself, which has become something of a cult quote among Star Wars fans, Beadman added: "It took me four takes. My line was on point but I'd made some weird facial expressions sometimes that they would have to cut."
Featured Image Credit: 20th Century Fox
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