The latest Homing Beacon has arrived, and today we get to talk about
Sly Moore! Sly Moore doesn't say much, nor does she have to. She
stands at Supreme Chancellor Palpatine's side, her ghostly pallor
and piercing eyes alone leaving an unforgettable impression. In
contrast to her cold, expressionless alter ego, actress Sandi Finlay
is warm and energetic, particularly when talking about her return
for Episode III.
"I'm very thrilled," she grins. "I was panicking a
bit thinking that she may not be back this film." About 90
minutes of makeup transforms Finlay into Moore, with a set of
uncomfortable and vision-reducing contact lenses completing the
look. "They're like glass in your eyes," she groans,
"but I love dressing up. I think all actors are big kids that
just like to dress up. It's a lot of fun."
The makeup and eyes may be Moore, but the shaved head is all Finlay.
"I've been bald for about nine years now. I love it. You can be
beautiful with hair, but you have to be damn gorgeous without
it!" she laughs.
Her return to Star Wars will reunite her with her on-screen boss,
the man who runs the galaxy, Chancellor Palpatine. "I'm very
much looking forward to working with Ian McDiarmid again," she
says. "He's great. He said to me, ‘if you're ever in London
come to my theater and stay at my house.' I found the Star Wars
family really, really bonding. Even if you're involved with them
just a little bit; they're just so cool."
A founding member of this family joining Episode III is Peter
Mayhew, the mighty Chewbacca. Finlay has met Mayhew during her
convention appearances. "Oh, I love him," she laughs.
"When I first met him a couple of years ago, I walked to him in
the green room and I just said, 'Can I cuddle with you? I love
Chewie! I love Chewbacca!' And we had this great big cuddle, and
Angie, Peter's wife, joined in and welcomed me to the Star Wars
family. There were just tears everywhere. We went out to dinner, and
I hung out with him quite a bit actually. He's a beautiful,
Now having appeared at several conventions, Finlay continues to be
amazed by the passion of Star Wars fans, particularly when it comes
to her character. "I've had a big response from the fans about
Sly Moore, which has been really cool," she says. "I have
fans telling me all about Sly Moore and where she's from, and my
powers, and they go right into my history. It's pretty wild,
actually. I've been in so many different movies, and I've never had
this response. This is just outrageous."