The Force Unleashed dinner: Jimmy Smits is definitely not a dick.
Here's another outtake from our epic Dining With Developers with Haden Blackman. Today's topic: Jimmy Smits who plays Bail Organa in the game.
Blackman: I was intimidated to meet Jimmy Smits. Here's this guy, this big Hollywood actor. I didn't know how well he was going to handle the likeness-capture stuff--that's like half a day of getting photographed with all these different expressions--but he was great. And afterwards, we were like, "OK, it's time to go up to the recording studio and actually do the lines." And so we cleaned all the dots off his face, and he said, "Wait a minute, I've got to do something before I go." And he walked back onto the likeness-capture stage and shook hands with every single crew guy in there. Total class.
When we were in the recording stuido, we told him that it's OK to reword things, you know, in the name of making the lines his own. But there was one line in there--it was about the Rebel Alliance--and he had left out the word "Rebel" in one of the takes. "Hey, I don't want to be a jerk," I said, "but you need to say 'Rebel.' This one line, we really need you to say it the way it's written."
And he comes over to me, he walks right up to me, and he puts a hand on my shoulder, and he's looking at the script with me, and he says, "I just want to get it right. This is your project. And I want to do it 100-percent exactly the way you want me to do it. And we'll do it until we get it right."
And I just stood there and thought, Man, you're so cool.