Most of the original “Star Wars” was shot in England at Elstree Studios (the shoot in Tunisia for the Tatooine scenes was quite stressful for George Lucas). The Lucasfilm crew returned for “The Empire Strikes Back,” though they again braved the elements, this time the cold, to shoot the Hoth scenes in Norway.

Since “Star Wars” was shooting in England, the films’ creatives recruited local talent for the incidental characters. The Imperial officers don’t have the accents just to make them sound aristocratic, but because their actors were largely British.

This is how “Empire Strikes Back” producer Robert Watts found Glover; the two were neighbors at the time. He obviously knew Glover could handle an undemanding part like Veers and asked if he wanted to be in the movie. Glover, of course, said yes. Watts again recruited Glover to appear in “The Last Crusade” — he was initially suggested for Nazi Colonel Ernst Vogel but when that part was filled (by Michael Byrne), they offered him Donovan instead. Glover was frank about how luck helps in the movie business:

“I hope I would have got the roles anyway, being respected as an actor, but this business is all about contacts: who you know and where you are at a particular time. You could be in a restaurant and the producer might spot you and say, ‘That’s the guy we want.’ That happens all the time. Or they say: ‘I might want Julian Glover for that,’ and then they see me in a restaurant and think, ‘Oh no, I don’t want him!'”

General Veers was just as lucky he wasn’t around in any scene when Darth Vader needed someone to choke.



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