'InnerSPACE' co-host goes inside Skywalker Ranch
Published Tuesday, March 13, 2012 11:58AM EDT
For millions of George Lucas fans, the Skywalker Ranch is a sci-fi shrine. This $100-million dollar property outside of San Francisco is known as the creative headquarters for the "Star Wars" filmmaker and producer George Lucas. But getting inside is not so easy for "Star Wars" fans.
"InnerSPACE" co-host Ajay Fry recently scored a rare invite to the facility, which is normally closed to the public.
"An invitation to Skywalker Ranch doesn't come all too frequently. When I found out I was going to go I was so excited," Fry said on Tuesday on CTV's Canada AM.
"It's so scenic. It's also locked down. The security there is like on a Death Star," Fry said.
From cows grazing on sprawling green fields to George Lucas' picturesque home and office off in the distance, Fry described Skywalker Ranch as the perfect location for a movie shoot.
The 4,700-acre ranch is also home to vineyards, a man-made "Lake Ewok," a barn with animals and other delights for Lucas and his creative developers to enjoy.
"I didn't see any light saber battles," said Fry, with a grin.
But the real focus of Fry's trip was on the developers of the soon-to-be-released Kinect "Star Wars" video game.
The game for the Xbox 360 is slated for release on April 3, 2012.
The video game was originally unveiled at E3 Electronic Entertainment Expo in Los Angeles two years ago. Fry had the opportunity to test it last year.
"It's actually improved quite a bit since the test," said Fry.
"A lot of critics were skeptical if this would be a great game or not. It's really come a long way," he said.
Developers have added many new elements to the video game, including dancing mode, story mode and racing mode.
Players who make their way through all these modes eventually unlock a battle with Darth Vadar in Sky City.
"I didn't get a chance to test that out," said Fry.
"My producer seemed to think it was great to have me dance on television. I argued, but everyone seems to enjoy watching me make a fool of myself," he said.
Fry's full tour of the Skywalker Ranch airs on Monday, March 13 at 6 pm on Space channel's "InnerSPACE." Visit CTV.ca for your local listings.