CELEBRATING ICONIC SCI-FI STARS LANCE GUEST Alex Rogan in The Last Starfighter
Ah, ’80s cult fantasy sci-fi cinema. A time for cheesy humour, groundbreaking-for-the-time FX and for your average teen to embark on heroic quests to restore equilibrium. In 1984’s The Last Starfighter a gamer is recruited to fight for real in an intergalactic war. we spoke to original Starfighter Lance Guest.
Would you like to play the role again?
Sure. I think Alex has a lot more he can do. It would be fun to see what his shortcomings in the first film might lead to. As well as his strengths.
What would alex be doing now?
Well, it’s been over 30 years, if he’s still alive, he must’ve taken care of all the necessary problems that were left with him in the original movie. If he’s still working on them, there must have been some kind of setback.
Is there anything you think was unfinished about his story?
Absolutely! What about [his girlfriend] Maggie? What happened when Xur took off?
Did you keep any souvenirs?
A pair of Levi’s and some Adidas. Much later someone gave me a pin that was on the Starfighter uniform.
Is there anything from the movie you wish was real?
Maybe Centauri’s starcar. It would be cool to just drive into space. I also like that if you shake a Beta’s hand, he becomes a double!
What would it say on his gravestone?
Victory or Death! Uh... I guess Death.