Lachlan Goddard-Callins is a film student and the mastermind behind Imperator Cuts, an Instagram and YouTube channel devoted to recutting trailers with a humorous twist. The Melbourne-based editor is a fan of mashups.
Goddard-Callins isn’t afraid to combine two things that seemingly don’t go together and meshing them into something that does.
Whether it’s mixing the footage of “Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith” with the thematic beats of “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood” or putting a whimsical, comedic “Jojo Rabbit” spin on “Thor: Ragnarok,” he somehow makes it work. The most recent entry to the Imperator Cuts cannon is a mix of “Star Wars: Attack of the Clones” and “The Nice Guys” — called, of course, “The Nice Jedi.”
“The Nice Guys” is a 2016 dark comedy starring Ryan Gosling and Russell Crowe as a crime-busting duo investigating the disappearance of a young woman. The original trailer plays up the crude and violent nature of its leads for laughs. It’s the kind of cheeky, sleek trailer that promises a wild romp is in store.
Meanwhile, George Lucas’ iconic 2002 space opera starring Hayden Christensen and Ewan McGregor, about intergalactic civil war, plays on the plot’s earnest melodrama.
After Goddard-Callins recuts the “Star Wars” footage it feels more like a buddy comedy between the two leads. Instead of casting Anakin Skywalker as a conflicted, budding supervillain and Obi-Wan Kenobi as his wet blanket chaperone, the trailer tells the story of a motley crew on a mission where wackiness ensues.
“Your edits are very impressive, you must be very proud,” one person commented.
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