Star Wars XXX: Interview with Grand Moff Tarkin aka Eli Cross

The newest porn parody from Vivid and Axel Braun –  Star Wars XXX – wrapped its filming a few weeks ago. Braun said he’s had fun shooting the movie but wanted to pay an homage to one of the most beloved sci fi franchise in the world. I caught up with Eli Cross script writer and producer of the movie for a short chat about the movie and Star Wars the old republic.



First a few words about your self. How long have you worked in the industry, favourite projects etc.
My stage name is Eli Cross. I’ve been in the adult industry for 21 years. I first ran the Castle Megastore in Arizona during it’s first expansion. Then, I was the editor of several adult magazines and I ran AVN, the adult industry trade mag, for 5 years. I’ve directed several big projects, but the three I’m proudest of are “Corruption” and “Upload” for SexZ Pictures, both of which won awards for Best Video Feature and Best Director, and “Kiss of the Strangler,” for Hot VIdeo.

What was your job on the movie?

I wrote the script, produced the movie, oversaw set construction along with Kylie Ireland, the production designer, shot the movie, played Grand Moff Tarkin, and I am currently editing it.
What’s your personal relationship with star wars
Star Wars was a seminal moment for me. I was there, at the Cine Capri theater, on May 25th, 1977. I was nine years old, and in that moment, when the star destroyer follows the Tantive IV across the screen, I knew that I wanted to make movies, be in the film business. I had never seen anything like ti before, and I wanted to be a part of that.
What did you do to keep the movie true to Star Wars?
Star Wars XXX is very much a parody, but a loving one. Our universe is similar to that of Star Wars, but our characters are very broadly drawn caricatures of the actual characters in Star Wars. Our Obi-Wan, for example, is a tired old drunkard who gets saddled with a whiny young Luke Skywalker, but doesn’t particularly want him. Also, in our universe, the force doesn’t quite work. It’s an interesting, funny take.

How do you think Star Wars fans will react to the movie?

I think they’ll love it. The nice thing about these parodies is we have free reign to make the kind of movies that Hollywood can never make; our film is targeted strictly at the fans, with the kind of inside jokes only true fans will get.
Will you be trying out SWTOR?
I’ll try it out. I’m hopeful it be A: anything like Galaxies, or B: simply a WoW copy.
I’m thinking SWTOR remake as a porn movie, how do you think the geeks will react?
I think they’d enjoy it.
What’s your favourite scene?
I think if I had to pick one, I’m proudest of the scene when Obi-Wan gives Luke his saber. It’s hysterical.
Do you think 3D is the future for porn flicks?
No. I think, as with mainstream, 3D is a gimmick that will eventually run its course.

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