Star Wars Kid
May 2, 2003 8:57 AM   Subscribe

Step one: record an embarrassing video of yourself (WMV link). Step two: Let the video fall into the hands of the internet masses, and become the hero you've dreamed of(also WMV).
posted by malphigian (41 comments total)
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posted by malphigian at 8:59 AM on May 2, 2003

Ohh... that poor, poor chubby dork.
posted by BobFrapples at 9:08 AM on May 2, 2003

What the heck is Jakob Nielsen doing goofing around with a lightsaber? Or is he conducting a useability study of it, perhaps?
posted by filmgoerjuan at 9:10 AM on May 2, 2003

I was wrong earlier. *THIS* the the greatest thing I've ever seen.
posted by emptybowl at 9:17 AM on May 2, 2003 youth is wasted. Where was the internet then to make me Superman?!?
posted by aaronscool at 9:23 AM on May 2, 2003

That kid is SO me-20-years-ago. Sometimes I wish we'd had video cameras and the internet when I was growing up. Sometimes I'm really, really glad we didn't.
posted by MrMoonPie at 9:33 AM on May 2, 2003

You're all going to feel terrible for laughing at him if he ends up (a) suicidal (b) going postal (c) the new Billy Elliot.
posted by biffa at 9:36 AM on May 2, 2003

hey, if they can cast as a jedi Christopher Lee, who must be close to 100 years old by now, or at least he looks like he is...

you can too!
posted by titboy at 9:37 AM on May 2, 2003

Jesus Christ, that kid's new fighting technique is unstoppable.
posted by vito90 at 9:46 AM on May 2, 2003

posted by VelvetHellvis at 9:49 AM on May 2, 2003

posted by ajbattrick at 9:49 AM on May 2, 2003

funniest video all week.
posted by angry modem at 9:51 AM on May 2, 2003

posted by five fresh fish at 10:01 AM on May 2, 2003

That remix almost made me choke. Too funny!
posted by Dirjy at 10:04 AM on May 2, 2003

I'm siiiiingin' in the rain... just siiiingin' in the rain...
posted by Civil_Disobedient at 10:08 AM on May 2, 2003

he's my idol.
posted by quibx at 10:16 AM on May 2, 2003

That remix is the BOMB. I thought the original was stupid-poor kid-but the remix made me almost pee my pants. Thanks for the laugh.
posted by aacheson at 10:17 AM on May 2, 2003

I'm wondering if he didn't make the original video with the intention of creating the remix...
posted by crunchland at 10:31 AM on May 2, 2003

I nominate Andrew Antone to score this kid's graceful, liquid lightsaber fighting style.

And Mo Cheeks to edit it all.
posted by WolfDaddy at 10:45 AM on May 2, 2003

It's like a beautiful, sad ballet.
posted by DakotaPaul at 10:51 AM on May 2, 2003

I haven't been able to download the linked videos, but if the first is the original, and the second has star wars music and lightsaber, there is at least one more that uses slow motion video and opera music to make him appear quite the badass. (sorry no link, anyone know where it can be found?)
posted by pfuller at 11:04 AM on May 2, 2003

Step 3. ???
Step 4. PROFIT!!!!
posted by psychotic_venom at 11:14 AM on May 2, 2003

Hysterical...omg, it's been years since anything on the net made me laugh like the remix did.
posted by dejah420 at 11:26 AM on May 2, 2003

that was just awesome...
posted by lotsofno at 11:37 AM on May 2, 2003

I really thought that kid was going to hurt himself in the first clip... but the second is, as noted, priceless.
posted by krewson at 11:38 AM on May 2, 2003

Sometimes I wish the internet was around when I was a teenager, what with the unlimited free porn, webcam girls, and chatrooms.

Then I see stuff like this and I'm thankful the stupidity of my youth will not be cached on Google forever.
posted by bondcliff at 11:38 AM on May 2, 2003

What the hell is he throwing around? It looks like the thing you use to fish out floating golf balls.

Now all we have to do is get him together with the anthem girl and we'd have some sort of Master Nimrod Race.
posted by gottabefunky at 11:41 AM on May 2, 2003

Another [good] vote. My entire office was in tears watching this. I happen to prefer the original to the remix, though both are good. The original, I think, is unequaled in its character development, with pacing bordering on brilliant as it descends from the inane, to the embarrassing, to the hysterical. It all comes together so beautifully -- the rigid hand when at rest, the mouthed sounds, the intent look directly into the camera, the inability to lift his leg above knee height, the uncontrolled flying off camera, the way the stick sometimes looks like it's attacking *him* -- or perhaps my favorite: The slow, casual saunter onto the stage, back facing the camera, before spinning around to unleash the fury. Bravo!
posted by robbie01 at 1:21 PM on May 2, 2003

I keep thinking this kid should sign up for the tai-chi/kung fu classes we have here. After a few years he'll still look like a chubby dork but he'll know how to really do that. He could be the next Sammo Hung!

On the other hand, there's the possibility of "My name is Toby Johnson. You humiliated me on the internet. Prepare to die." Anyone else get the impression he had someone (or ones) specific in mind?
posted by wobh at 1:33 PM on May 2, 2003

The Force is weak in this one.
posted by Down10 at 1:50 PM on May 2, 2003

HA HA [this is good] nice waxy!
posted by roboto at 3:04 PM on May 2, 2003

Fat kid make funny!

Ha ha!
posted by xmutex at 3:57 PM on May 2, 2003

Geez, no wonder my site's getting crushed. If anyone can mirror the videos, please let me know.
posted by waxpancake at 4:52 PM on May 2, 2003

Truly, the internet is a great and glorious thing.
posted by eddydamascene at 5:16 PM on May 2, 2003

Well, hey. At least the fat kid's getting some exercise. He's taking a movie that he really loves and he's having fun with it. No harm in that. I mean come on people. It could be a lot worse. "We are a legitimate spiritual following, using the word Jedi as an intermediary due to the closeness between the philosophies of these fictional characters to our own." *shudder* And people claimed Bob was a joke? EIYIYIYIY!
posted by ZachsMind at 5:32 PM on May 2, 2003

Gah -- sorry waxpancake! Since I smacked your server, I'll see if I can find a good mirror.
posted by malphigian at 7:37 PM on May 2, 2003

And people claimed Bob was a joke?

BLASPHEMY! Doggone non-slack-jawed yokels...
posted by oissubke at 8:22 PM on May 2, 2003

I'd say he's going to suffer a worse fate than being nicknamed Stinky.
He'll never live it down.
posted by Trik at 1:22 AM on May 3, 2003

I was hoping the poor pudgy bastard'd somehow turn out to be more of hero in the remix, but it wasn't too mean-spirited, so [this is good].
posted by stavrosthewonderchicken at 12:30 AM on May 5, 2003

I laughed, I cried, I drooled onto my desk.
posted by doozer_ex_machina at 5:53 AM on May 7, 2003

The duplicate post has been deleted, so for posterity's sake I wanted to copy titboy's link to the Waxy thread wherein Andy proposes a noble plan to get together and buy the Star Wars Kid an iPod.
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