Tired of scum and villainy, Jabba the Hutt has decided to pursue a different career path. He’s become a librarian in Wales. Sort of. Puppeteer Toby Philpott was responsible for operating part of the villain in Return of the Jedi. He had to move the head, left arm, and the gross slimy tongue. Though he hasn’t been actively involved in the film for a bit (thanks CG), he also served as puppeteer on movies such as The Dark Crystal, Labyrinth, and Little Shop of Horrors. It’s an impressive resume.
He’s added another dimension to it by working for the Cardiff Central Library and delivering computer training. It seems like he took a temporary job at the library a while ago but is now becoming an official and permanent fixture. He told the South Wales Evening Post:
In the mid 1990s I was scratching a living as a circus trainer, so I took a temporary job with the library just to eat.
Many people ask me why I started working here and all I can say is why not? Finding Jabba the Hutt working in a library is no more unusual than most of my life has been.
I just hope he keeps Jabba’s moist tongue far away from all the books.
(via South Wales Evening Post)