Christian Slater’s most recent return to Lucasfilm called for far more physicality than his introduction in the Star Wars galaxy in 2021. In the Willow series, Slater’s Allagash, the “raconteur” rogue who once fought alongside Madmartigan, is a mix of warrior and wit wrapped in a slightly-mad package. And after one faux fight scene called for a particularly fierce headbutting, Slater was left with a real black eye.
“Yes, yes, that did happen,” Slater tells Lucasfilm.com with a laugh, although he declines to say if it was Amar Chadha-Patel’s towering Thraxus Boorman who delivered the perhaps too-realistic choreographed blow. “I’m afraid to confirm or deny. I don’t want to get anybody in trouble, but you know, look, it was a very physical, active [production]. He and I were going at it. We were having a good time! As goofy as some of the fight was, there were still some moments that were pretty hairy. So next thing you know, I was in the make-up trailer — we were all covered in dirt and everything and looking pretty filthy — and I just kept wiping my eye going, ‘What? This dirt won’t come off!’”