Earning the right to wear the signature blue face paint synonymous with the Blue Man Group is a uniquely esteemed achievement. A position not only coveted by jobbing actors, dancers and musicians but also apparently elite infantry from a galaxy far, far away.
Unless you have been in a coma or buried under a rock for the last few months, you will be more than aware of the epic approaching event that is Disney/Lucasfilm’s new Star Wars installment Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens. This event is not only marketed to every human on the planet, but also any and every current entertainment portal hoping to utilize the popularity of the biggest sci-fy franchise’s return to the big screen. One of which is the BMG, who have just released a short spoof documentary (shown above) of an open casting call held in New York – one that includes an auditioning Stormtrooper!
The BMG are a creative entertainment company created by friends Chris Wink, Matt Goldman, and Phil Stanton in 1991. The show revolves around one character, the Blue Man (a play on “hu-man”) multiplied through his portrayal by many actors simultaneously. The weird and wonderful branding of the group has been garnered for advertising campaigns of large companies such as Intel and have featured within several TV shows (including Ellen and Arrested Development).
This mocumentary style video offers an insight into the casting process of a Blue Man actor and what sort of qualities the Group are looking for from their participants. A quote was released with the clip that describes the experience with slight modifications that allow for Stormtrooper inclusion:
“Actors, musicians, dancers, and elite soldiers from intergalactic conflicts flooded our NYC studios. We hired a production team to document our process and give you an EXCLUSIVE look into how we cast our Blue Men.*
*BMG does not discriminate on the basis of an individual’s race, color, religion, age, sex, gender, intergalactic veteran status, disability, or any other category protected by federal, state, local, national, international or intergalactic regulations.”
The BMG revolves around the concept of a singular and recognizable image – in their case, a bald man with vivid blue skin. The concept raises themes of identity and what happens when the individual is presented as an identical copy so a group personality emerges. This is exactly the theme utilized in the creation of Stormtroopers – interchangeable masked soldiers whose helmets remove a layer of humanity, replacing it with a fearful robotic unity. The Stormtrooper has become an iconic image serving as a pop culture representation of not only the Star Wars Franchise but also the darker themes of oppression and war. The image has most famously been used by street artist Banksy for such social commentary. The Stormtrooper can also create great comic value through his placement into unlikely situations, a mark of a true icon.
Although it is disappointing that the Stormtrooper did not make the cut as a Blue Man, at least he got to show off his fantastic drumming skills – and did not shoot any of the other auditioners (probably would have missed, anyway)!
Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens hits theaters on December 18th, 2015, followed by Rogue One: A Star Wars Story on December 16th, 2016, Star Wars: Episode VIII on May 26th, 2017, and the Han Solo Star Wars Anthology film on May 25th, 2018. Star Wars: Episode IX is expected to reach theaters in 2019, followed by the third Star Wars Anthology film in 2020.
Source: The Blue Man Group