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R2-D2: Beneath the Dome is a 2001 mockumentary that utilizes fake interviews, fake archive photos, film clips, and behind-the-scenes footage to tell the "life story" of the astromech droid R2-D2. The film was made by the cast and crew of Star Wars: Episode II Attack of the Clones based on an idea by Don Bies (ILM Modelmaker and head of the R2 production unit) and friends.[3]

Plot summary[]

"George said 'What are you doing to Artoo?' I said 'Well, I'm trying to throw my styrofoam cup away in this trash can.' He said 'That's not a trash can! That's R2-D2!'"
Steven Spielberg[4]

The film is narrated in a tongue-in-cheek style, giving the ups and downs of Artoo's life—from his humble upbringings in Bollux, England to his successful life as an actor. The mockumentary achieves this by using interviews by those who "know" him, such as George Lucas, Ewan McGregor, Francis Ford Coppola, Richard Dreyfuss, Samuel L. Jackson, Natalie Portman, Hayden Christensen, Steven Spielberg and others. We are introduced to his human "family," complete with a brother and a sister (Artoo's birth name, "Reginald Dillingham," was apparently changed for show business). It is revealed that the Star Wars films weren't his first acting roles, and that he had many leading parts in plays and movies both before and after the original trilogy; he was even Coppola's first choice to play Michael Corleone in The Godfather, and Spielberg's to play Indiana Jones.

Artoo is shown to be quite the ladies' man, with plenty of bikini-clad women riding in his limo. After a successful career in movies and theater, a shortage of new work sends him into a deep depression. He goes so far down in this spiral, that in an attempt to prove his worthiness, he bungee jumps and is nearly killed when he forgets to use the cord. His career is then reinvigorated when asked by George Lucas to do Star Wars: Episode I The Phantom Menace. Finally, with his life and career back in an upswing, his human girlfriend reveals that she may be pregnant.[5]


A trailer for R2-D2: Beneath the Dome accompanied the US Thanksgiving broadcast of Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace. It then aired, beginning on November 25, 2001, in three weekly installments on the US television channel FOX. The segments were released simultaneously on StarWars.com as three web featurettes. This trailer was later included as a special feature on the DVD release of Star Wars: Episode II Attack of the Clones.

The film was released on DVD in Region 1 on December 26, 2002. It contained all three segments that were originally aired on US TV and released on StarWars.com, plus the ending credits and an easter egg of photos of R2-D2 on the sets of the Star Wars films. The DVD was made available exclusively at Best Buy and Musicland stores, which includes SunCoast Motion Picture Company, MediaPlay and Sam Goody outlets.[1][2]


By type
Cast Crew Uncredited


  • Bob Hesse – Narrator (voice)
  • Kenny Baker – R2-D2
  • Robbie Edwards – Robbie Dillingham
  • Jennifer Weil – Claudia Dillingham-West
  • Bitsie Tulloch – Bitsie Tullock
  • Dave Murphy – Artoo's Buddy (at age 45)
  • Morgan Hamilton-Lee – Artoo's Buddy (at age 10)
  • Bernie Hamilton-Lee – School Principal
  • Mary Jo Hamilton-Lee – School Teacher
  • Cecilia Hamilton-Lee – School Kid
  • Phyllis Eblan – School Mom
  • Brittany Eblan – School Kid
  • Benjamin Bies – Cute Kid
  • Anna Bies – Emergency Room Technician
  • Kara Glieden – Emergency Room Technician
  • Wendi Thomas – Emergency Room Technician
  • Mark Havens – Emergency Room Technician
  • Kathy Fischer – Emergency Room Technician
  • Nelson Hall – Artoo's Trainer
  • Grant Imahara – Artoo's Technician
  • Fon Davis – Artoo's Technician
  • Marilisa Lokna – R2's Girl
  • Gina Rudometkin – R2's Babe
  • Cheryl King – R2's Chick
  • Zeynup Selcuk – Artoo's Bungee Assistant
  • Justin Dix – Artoo's Bungee Assistant
  • Trevor Tighe – Artoo's Bungee Assistant
  • Barry Kite – Scrooge
  • Brian Lockwood – Bob Cratchit
  • Karen Kenepp – Mrs. Cratchit
  • Alicia Peters – Cratchit's Daughter
  • Stephen J. Sansweet – The Mayor
  • Lauren Vogt – The Mayor's Wife
  • Bob Canning – City Official
  • Les David – City Official
  • Andrea Biklian – Artoo Fan Club Member
  • Paula Nederman – Artoo Fan Club Member
  • Sarah Peacock – Artoo Fan Club Member
  • Billy Brooks – Coffee Shop Patron
  • Steve Gawley – Coffee Shop Patron
  • Salvatore Belleci – Cop #1 (Starsky)
  • James Cotner – Cop #2 (Hutch)
  • Michael Murnane – Bad Guy (as Michael P. Murnane)
  • Ahmed Best – Himself (uncredited)
  • Don Bies – Himself (uncredited)
  • Ben Burtt – Himself (uncredited)
  • Hayden Christensen – Himself (uncredited)
  • Candy Clark – Herself (uncredited)
  • Francis Ford Coppola – Himself (uncredited)
  • Anthony Daniels – Himself (uncredited)
  • Richard Dreyfuss – Himself (uncredited)
  • Carrie Fisher – Herself (uncredited)
  • Harrison Ford – Himself (uncredited)
  • Nick Gillard – Himself (uncredited)
  • Alec Guinness – Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)
  • Robin Gurland – Herself (uncredited)
  • Mark Hamill – Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)
  • Samuel L. Jackson – Himself (uncredited)
  • Christopher Lee – Himself (uncredited)
  • George Lucas – Himself (uncredited)
  • Rick McCallum – Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)
  • Ewan McGregor – Himself (uncredited)
  • Dennis Muren – Himself (uncredited)
  • Natalie Portman – Herself (uncredited)
  • Steven Spielberg – Himself (uncredited)
  • Leeanna Walsman – Herself (archive footage) (uncredited)


Noters and references[]

  1. 1.0 1.1 StarWars.com Fox Previews R2-D2: Beneath the Dome on StarWars.com (content now obsolete; backup link)
  2. 2.0 2.1 StarWars.com R2-D2: Beneath the Dome DVD on StarWars.com (content now obsolete; backup link)
  3. StarWarsDotComBlogsLogoStacked.png "R2's Wild Ride" – But What I'd Really Like to Do is…, Don Bies's StarWars.com Blog (content now obsolete; archived from the original)
  4. R2-D2: Beneath the Dome
  5. In the Sesame Street episodes, R2 falls in love with a fire hydrant; R2 eventually "married" Bonnie Burton at Celebration V. See Star Wars Blog.png "Romancing the Droid: Why I Married R2-D2," The Official Star Wars Blog (backup link)

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