We chat to Jamie Costa, star of Han Solo: A Smuggler’s Trade

Jamie Costa is one of the most popular impressionists on the internet. Thanks to his ability to not only sound like the people he is portraying, but the scary talent of taking on their mannerisms and characteristics. His most popular being that of Robin Williams and Harrison Ford.

It certainly doesn’t hurt that Jamie resembles the late actor and comedian Robin Williams, in which he does a flawless performance of Robin’s characters and of Robin himself.

Late last year, Jamie released his Star Wars fan film, Han Solo: A Smuggler’s Trade. This 14 minute short film, (video below) is maybe the best Star Wars fan film to date, and gives us much hope for the Han Solo film due to come out in 2018.

After watching Han Solo: A Smuggler’s Trade, I got in touch with Jamie Costa to ask him about the making of this brilliant film.

How did the project come about?
A writer friend of mine Nathaniel Nauert knew I was looking to doing a couple higher quality fan films as a next step in my acting and filming career before going on to more original shorts and ultimately features and he pitched a Han Solo fan film and I loved it and we went from there.

You raised the funds for this film on Indiegogo, how much did you end up raising, and did you stay within your budget?
We ended up raising just over 20k on Indiegogo after everything was said and done then me and the other Exec, Jadon Gauthier (Producer with the Zack King team) put in some more on top to make it happen 😉

You’ve been very well known online for your impressions of both Robin Williams and Harrison Ford. What was it like expanding that skill into acting within a scene?
You might notice with all my impressions I try to truly climb into the characters as best I can to make people experience as close to the real thing as I can. But here I wanted to bring in my acting experience and not ham up an impression. I wanted to capture the essence of the character and nod to the Han we are all familiar with so as to also match the tone we were going for. Impressions are just a fun thing I happen to do that sometimes cater to my work.

I graduated with a B.A. in Theatre (performance emphasis) and continued to hone in the craft with a profession in film and Television the past couple years so that should count for something lol. I continue to take acting classes and apply what I learn from each project to the next.

Did you do any additional preparation for portraying a young Harrison Ford on film?
As for the character I did look to the original trilogy for inspiration and even delved into some of the Legends books.

The quality of the acting in this production, is much higher than the average fan film, what was it like to cast all these individuals?
A blast. I love casting. It was fun to filter down through the rounds and find the right people for the right part. And as for the amazing Chewbacca (played by Cory Daniel) and even a majority of the Star Warsy characters in the galactic bar scenes that’s all thanks to my friend Bernie Bregman who also played our teased Dash Render.

You were lucky enough to have a seasoned actor in Doug Jones (Hellbox, Pan’s Labyrinth) appear in this film. How did he come into the production, and what was he like to work with?
Doug is one of the best people you will ever work with on and off the screen. I met Doug while I was in film school in 2011 and had worked with him on another project. We reached out and found the right slot of time and he came in and knocked it out of the park!

Have you considered doing a Fan Film based around any Robin Williams’ characters? Perhaps the missing years of Alan in Jumanji?
I have not. No doubt the day will come for an opportunity to play him but there’s a lot I’d like to tackle as an actor before that time.

Do you have any other works in progress?
I’ve got my hands in a lot things right now but as for more projects like Han Solo: A Smuggler’s Trade lets just say we are keen on the idea of doing a Legend of Zelda fan film….

Did you enjoy the film? Does it give you more hope for the Han Solo feature film?

Thank you to Jamie for taking the time to answer our questions, and you can find him on Facebook Twitter & Instagram

Interview by Mart Ford of Nerdphoria (mart@nerdphoria.net)