trilogy era

Papa’s home!!

the “unrealistic but makes you smile anyway” au where phoenix and miles adopt siblings trucy and apollo, miles is fiNE, phoenix doesn’t lose his badge, and papa miles is welcomed back from his important overseas lawyering by the sound of their children’s laughter - sit down shut up and let them be happy

I think everybody should get married. Boys and girls. Girls and boys. Boys and boys! Girls and girls! Shouldn’t we all be entitled to a family? Civil rights baby it’s civil rights. It doesn’t get any better here in Berkeley I’ll tell you that.
—  Billie Joe Armstrong (Live at Greek Theatre, Berkeley, CA, April 16th 2013)

This is a good Green Day story.

Short version: I got knocked out by this stage diver in Longview and Mike gave me his jacket.

Long version: Pittsburgh 2013, I was just to the right of whoever took this video. I could see when Billie was telling this girl to jump that she was going to land on me. He noticed too and gestured to me to cover my head, but security told me to hold my arms up to catch her. Should have listened to Billie because she jumped awkwardly, her boots hit me in the face and then my head took her body weight. There was blood everywhere, my glasses had broken and torn a cut down my nose, security were fussing around me with ice and water and Billie was asking if I was alright. Initially I thought I was and we exchanged thumbs up before they started Basket Case, but soon everything went black and I found myself being carried off. When the paramedic asked how I felt, I told her I was disappointed I’d lost my spot and she laughed and said that was what the last person said. I watched the rest of the show from the first aid box in a daze.

Once the show had ended, Eddie (the band’s head of security) walked up to me with something and said “Mike wanted me to give you this”. I responded “really?!” and he laughed and said “yes, really!”. It was the jacket he’d been wearing for the last few shows.

When I found my friends after the show they told me how worried the band were, which I never got to see in person but I believe them because these guys are so sweet. I wore the jacket to the next show and Mike put his hand on his heart and pointed at me. My favourite band is cooler than yours.

Side note: everyone always says they’re sad I got knocked out, but don’t be, I’m apparently made of steel. I probably had a concussion but I just got on the bus to Philly and lined up for the next show. I also bent my glasses back into shape and wore them for another year. Will get knocked out 4 Mike Dirnt.

Longview, Basket Case and She live in Pittsburgh (x) (x)

A couple of fun costume things that I learned (or relearned? it has been a long time) whilst checking things for the Fashion of Nemesis post, but couldn’t find space for:

  • Iain McCiag’s original intention was that Maul wore feathers on his head, attached to a wire. The act of wrapping the feathered wire around his head was to be a meditative act of self-flagellation, each feather having to hit exactly the right point or he would have to start over. The design, when passed on to the creatures department, was interpreted as horns, and that’s how we ended up with the spiky zabrak we all know and, uh, know today. 
  • Maul’s markings were created in a frustrated accident of spilled ink, and were developed and finalised through experimental rorsharch-like ink blottings.

Iain McCaig, The Art of Star Wars The Phantom Menace

This sketch also demonstrates the original ‘muscle suit’ costume before it was decided to more directly mirror the Jedi costumes, and design something more sympathetic to movement and combat.

  • Maul’s one piece of bling, an earring in his left ear, was never a part of his character design. It was Ray Park’s own, and he was wearing the earring when he sat down in the make-up chair. Hours later, when he stepped in front of the camera, it was still there and wasn’t noticed until it had been shot on and established. The earring stayed for the remainder of the shoot, and Maul has stuck with this one concession to fashion all the way through the Clone Wars to rebels. Despite its constant presence over 20 years, it has never been given an explanation or backstory. Maul just really likes it, ok.