Sabine visits the Steel City!

by Bill Cable
on 2024-04-17, 08:39:06

The past weekend I attended Steel City Con near Pittsburgh. One of the main draws was to see Natasha Liu Bordizzo, who plays Sabine on Ahsoka.

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Bordizzo's panel was the first Saturday morning. Since the Doubletree Hotel next door to the convention center shut down, they had to put up a huge, temporary tent for the celeb panels. Half the parking lot was gone (from a venue that already had terrible parking).

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She had some interesting stories to share. She'd been in law school, and to make extra money she's serve as a stand-in and extra on various TV and movie productions. It was just a job she could fit into her schedule. Then she decided to audition for a part on the Netflix film Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon: Sword of Destiny. And she got it!

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With her audition for Ahsoka, she had no idea what part she was going to play. Reps from the show reached out to her, and all she knew was that the role was in a Star Wars project. She read a scene for Tom Cruise's character in Top Gun on camera and sent it in. They replied back asking if she could ready it again, but be more cocky. She did, and landed the role. When questioned, she shared that the favorite role she's had was as Sabine.

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She shared some other fun things. She's learned several different martial arts for her roles. Most of the stunts on Ahsoka were practical, and she did a lot of them. When filming fight scenes she prefers a bit of contact as it's much easier to react than fake it, and she'd be covered in bruises after some scenes. And the funniest thing... while she's Australian she never required a dialect coach to sound American. She learned her American accent by watching Friends re-runs.

The other draw for Steel City Con, for which my wife was most excited, was the Breakfast Club reunion panel. That one was Sunday morning, and it was enjoyable. The show itself was garbage, from a collector's perspective. I found exactly TWO loose Vintage figures for my next Droids Customs, both of them Weequays. There were maybe 4 vendors out of ~200 who had any Vintage Star Wars at all. It was pathetic. The only reason to go to SCC now is the celebs.

Not that anyone is probably interested, but I made some progress on my LEGO Cantina! I built a bar.

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There's a disconcerting number of leftover bricks from this build, but I'm pretty darn certain it's complete. Maybe for a $400 set they didn't want to bother with lost bricks? So just throw in dupes of anything that's tiny? Here's hoping...





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