When Mark Durmel and Cardiff-located author Terry Cooper heard that the Lars homestead from the Star Wars movies was just rotting in the desert, they embarked on a noble quest to not only save the famed structure, but restore it. Which they did. What makes it extra noble is that this isn’t the Lars homestead from A New Hope, but instead the one from Attack of the Clones (the original one was long since claimed by the Tunisian desert). Obviously, almost any Star Wars fan would have be willing to save the original, but these guys worked in the blazing African son to save a set from the prequels. Now that’s devotion.
And thanks to their work, any Star Wars fan who goes to Tunisia can see the location where Anakin whines, “I killed them. I killed them all. They’re dead, every single one of them. And not just the men, but the women and the children, too. They’re like animals, and I slaughtered them like animals. I HATE THEM!” and Padm? gets so turned on they bone. Thanks for saving this historic cinematic locale for us, guys. Really. Thanks a ton. (Via Kotaku)
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