Watch: The Funny Story Behind One of the Coolest 'Star Wars' Movie Posters (Exclusive)

Watch: The Funny Story Behind One of the Coolest 'Star Wars' Movie Posters (Exclusive)

May 14, 2013

A Glimpse Inside the Mind of Charles Swan III, a comedy starring Charlie Sheen, Jason Schwartzman and Bill Murray about a graphic artist who goes through a weird breakdown after a breakup with his girlfriend, isn't based on a true story, strictly speaking. Writer and director Roman Coppola, however, was inspired by the real life of a graphic artist by the name of Charles White III. He's not an instantly recognizable name as a poster artist like Drew Struzan, but the two were actually good friends and collaborated together on a special Star Wars poster for the film's rerelease in 1978. The result is one of the coolest Star Wars posters around, and Lionsgate has given us an exclusive clip from the Blu-ray featuring the real Charles White telling the unique story of how it came to be.

The clip is only 90 seconds long, so we recommend hearing it from his point of view, but the short version of it is this: George Lucas asked White to make a new poster, but only gave the artist two weeks to do it. White wasn't very good at doing portraits, though, so he brought on Struzan to actually draw the gang. The poster turned out awesome, but because it was such a quick turnaround, White accidentally didn't leave enough space at the bottom for the full billing block. So his solution was to make it into a poster within a poster, a clever trick that turned out beautifully if you ask us.

Check it (and the poster) out, and for more stories from White, check out the featurette dedicated to the artist on the A Glimpse Inside the Mind of Charles Swan III Blu-ray and DVD, in stores now.

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