Wednesday, March 23, 2005

Jimmy Smits Goes From ‘West Wing’ To ‘Star Wars’ And Back Again

LOS ANGELES (Wireless Flash - FlashNews) – Jimmy Smits is doing a lot of traveling between galaxies these days.

Besides starring as potential presidential nominee Matt Santos on The West Wing, Smits is also working as Senator Bail Organa in Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge Of The Sith.

Both characters are politicians but Smits says the senatorial scenes in the Star Wars flicks “have a lot more gravitas. A lore and tradition that’s akin to the founding fathers.”

On the other hand, he says The West Wing is a lot quicker and “challenges the audience to keep up with us.”

Despite the differences, Smits figures his Star Wars senator has much in common with his West Wing character and predicts “a little bit of commingling between their personalities.”

However, he stops short of promising light saber battles in the Lincoln Bedroom because, he points out, “Santos has got to get elected to the White House first.”

The West Wing has its season finale on April 6.

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