Here at GFR, we’ve seen a lot of weird stuff in our says spent poking around the dark corners of the interwebs to find cool things to share. There are a lot of creative people out there, and the online community gives them a chance to share their nerdy passions with the rest of us. Sometimes that results in something unexpectedly awesome that we never would have thought of — such as RoboCop rendered as a stained-glass window. Or turning a Ford Fiesta into a Transformer statue. But every once in a while we’ll run across something that is undoubtedly unique, but which primarily leaves us asking, “What the hell?”
That creepy bastard above is what happened when artist Michael Leavitt got the bizarre idea to mash up characters from George Lucas’ Star Wars films with historical figures from our own world. Hence, Michael Jackson’s face slapped onto the body of one of Return of the Jedi’s Ewoks. It’s the sort of thing you really wouldn’t want to find standing at the foot of your bed in the middle of the night. Although his forest moon-walk is damned impressive.
Even if I did have the idea to combine Star Wars characters and real-life people, I don’t think Han Solo and Abraham Lincoln ever would have occurred to me. Although now that I think of it, Leavitt may have just revealed that our reality is actually a re-edited special edition. Originally it was AbraHan Lincoln who shot first in that theater.
Then there’s the nightmare fuel that is Albert Einstein’s dreadlocked, tongue-wagging head merged with the body of R2-D2. I’m pretty sure this guy is what happened to one of the crewmen aboard the U.S.S. Eldridge during that whole Philadephia Experiment thing.
The combination of Jedi master Yoda and civil disobedience icon Mahatma Gandhi makes a lot more sense. Both are revered for their wisdom and inspirational qualities. Sure, Gandhi never levitated an X-wing out of a swamp, but I like to think that’s only because he never visited Dagobah.
Here’s a hypothetical question. How do you ruin Darth Vader worse than by casting Jake Lloyd and Hayden Christensen to play him in a series of horribly scripted movies? George: you’re fired.
I will admit: I laughed out loud at this one. The nuclear hookah is the brilliant touch that takes the idea over the top into inspired.
Of course, AbraHan never would have wound up on Kim Jabba-Il’s wall if it wasn’t for Obama. Seriously, that’s not a political jibe, it’s because Leavitt decided to merge President Obama with, well, pretty much the only black dude in Star Wars, the smooth-talking Lando Calrissian.
Last but not least, here’s one that works disturbingly well: a combination of Chewbacca and Charles Darwin. This could well be the missing link!
You can see Leavitt’s crazy Star Wars sculptures on display at the Jonathan LeVine Gallery in New York City. If you run into the artist himself, tell him GFR wants to see a Boba Fett Romney figurine.