|Friday May 16, 2003
Homing Beacon #85
The latest Homing Beacon has arrived, and today we get to talk about
Count Dooku! One of the most enigmatic characters to arise in
Episode II was Count Dooku, a fallen Jedi and the latest Sith Lord
revealed in the saga. Through Dooku, important concepts are
introduced to the growing story: that a Jedi could indeed fall from
the light, and that a Jedi Knight could take up arms against his
former master. For all his impact, the character is still shrouded
in mystery. The actor who played Dooku, the legendary Christopher
Lee, offers his insights.
"He's very aloof, very self-contained, obviously completely
fearless," describes Lee. "He is extremely intelligent,
perhaps more so than almost anyone else. He's obviously a man of
immense power. I don't suppose that the question of moral values
enter into his head. He's not immoral -- he's amoral. Morality is a
word that doesn't figure in his vocabulary at all. It's power. Which
is something that exists very much in our world today."
But was Dooku always like this? New fiction from the Expanded
Universe will soon shed light on Dooku's younger days. The
forthcoming Star Wars: Legacy of the Jedi, by Jude Watson and
Scholastic Inc., tells a tale when Dooku was a noble Jedi Knight.
Like his pupil, Qui-Gon Jinn, he will be headstrong and unorthodox
for a Jedi Knight.
"Maybe at one time when he was younger, when he became a Jedi,
I'm sure he did behave in a totally moral and correct way,"
speculates Lee. "Probably like the old Knights Templar when
they started in the 12th century, they started as very good people
to protect all the pilgrims on the Crusades. But gradually over the
years they disintegrated morally, spiritually and in every way. I
know that because I played the Grand Master of the Templars in a
film. Eventually, their whole order disintegrated. Who's to say that
this isn't going to happen in the third Episode?"