David Walpole, a Toronto-based actor from Hamilton, Ontario and a "Star Wars: fan since childhood, has launched a desperate YouTube appeal to director J.J. Abrams and Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy, touting why he'd be a great addition to the cast alongside Luke Skywalker, Han Solo and Princess Leia.
As one of the hosts of YouTube pop culture show "Inform Overload," Walpole is always tracking the latest viral trends and one turned out to be regular people asking celebrities to make their dreams come true -- from prom dates to makeovers. So, putting his love of "Star Wars" together with his need to get in front of casting directors, he decided to go for broke.
"'Star Wars' is a $4.2 billion franchise with a huge cult following and I know it inside and out, so it seemed like a no-brainer," he says. "I thought, I'm going to do this for the fans and put in some jokes that the fans will be proud of, but also write a script that the people who aren't fans can understand." Some of the self-described strengths Walpole revealed in the video include his preference for the Blue Milk of Tatooine and his perfectly coiffed Han Solo hair.
Of course, he realizes it's going to take a little more than that, but he says he's absolutely up to the challenge. "I don't want to do background," he insists. "I'm a speaking actor and I know I can do it because I've had sufficient training in it and if I get one of those [big] roles, I'm going to do it the right way." So, what is the right way to play a character in "Star Wars"? Well, according to Walpole, if you're playing Han Solo's son Jason, for example, you need to nail the mannerisms Harrison Ford employs to play Han himself. Not an imitation, but slight similarities in the ways he laughs, talks, or even smirks.
"My agent has been very supportive, but he and my dad have a very similar philosophy which is, 'Don't sit at home and wait for the phone to ring, go out and get it yourself,'" he says. "I want to people to actually say, 'Wow, this guy's actually taking his career into his own hands."
But Walpole isn't just doing this to further his career. All the ad proceeds generated from the almost 13,000 views will be donated to Charity: Water -- a non-profit dedicated to providing safe and clean drinking water for developing nations. So far, J.J. Abrams and Kathleen Kennedy haven't come calling, but Walpole is far from discouraged. He's already sent the video to Lucasfilm, George Lucas and Abrams' representation, hoping that eventually it will reach the right people.
Besides, if that doesn't work, he's got an ace up his sleeve: "The real goal for this is to get the thing so bloody viral that it goes screaming all over the Internet and the people who are going to go to "Star Wars" Celebration in Europe, because that's where Kathleen's going to be, are saying, 'Whoa!' and talking about this."