Roy Robertson-Harris, Robin Lopez bearish and bullish on 'Star Wars: The Last Jedi'

No Jedi mind trick turned Roy Robertson-Harris into a huge “Star Wars” fan; it was Legos.

“I remember my mom had bought me the first episode, ‘The Phantom Menace,’ and from there everything I had was ‘Star Wars,’ ” the Bears defensive lineman said. “ ‘Star Wars’ skateboard. Lego ‘Star Wars.’ Everything was ‘Star Wars’ for me.” Now he owns a silver Ford-150 he named Boba Fett.

“I’m real excited about the new one coming out,” he said.

Bulls center Robin Lopez watched the original trilogy series with his twin brother, Brook, and their friends, “especially ‘Empire Strikes Back.’ ” By round of United Center applause, RoLo’s Obi Wan impression beat out Justin Holiday for a “Star Wars Oscar” during Wednesday’s theme night.

Earlier in the day, Robertson-Harris and Lopez were geeking out to Inc. over this weekend’s release of “Star Wars: The Last Jedi,” even though they can’t find many kindred spirits on their own teams.

Lopez planned to catch a Sunday showing with teammate Quincy Pondexter, “but I’m making him go.” Robertson-Harris, who planned to attend Thursday night with his wife, said, “No one’s a big nerd like me. Everybody around here likes ‘Dragonball Z.’ ”

Both players have a lot in common, but who’s the bigger fanboy?

Why ‘Star Wars’?

Lopez: “That’s something I’m thankful for. Who would’ve thought one movie, the original films, would touch so many people. That’s somewhere special I can always go to, and I think it’s something special for a lot of people.”

Robertson-Harris: “Just the fact it’s all make-believe. It’s a lot to put into it. You have to have a big imagination for it.”

Halloween themes

Lopez: “Brook was C-3PO, I was a stormtrooper. Those were the only costumes they had left. I mean, who wants to be stormtrooper? I was a sad kid, right?”

Robertson-Harris: “I painted my face like Darth Maul for Halloween, had the double lightsaber.”

Favorite characters

Lopez: “I’m excited for this new one. I’m a big Han Solo guy so last time (‘The Force Awakens’) was rough. I just hope that our heroes from the original trilogy haven’t been thrown under a bus for this new wave.”

Robertson-Harris: He’s hoping Boba Fett and Darth Maul get their own spinoff movies, like Solo’s feature release on May 25. “I have a little Boba Fett helmet in the back of my truck. Everybody knows my (Instagram profile) picture is Boba Fett. … Now I’m a fan of Finn in the new ones because he has his own mind. He was a stormtrooper at first. He’s like, ‘Nah, ‘F’ this, I don’t want to do that, I want to be on the good side.’ ”

Best ‘Episode’

Lopez: “I think my personal favorite is (Episode VI) 'Return of the Jedi.’ I’m not going to get upset with anybody telling me ‘Empire Strikes Back’ is better. I understand it, I get it. I know which moments they’re talking about.”

Robertson-Harris: “Definitely ‘Episode III’ (“Revenge of the Sith”). I like Anakin (Skywalker) as a jedi. He’s an all-powerful dude.”

‘Star Wars’ bucket list

Lopez: “I went to the opening of Shanghai Disney in 2016. I saw George Lucas there, so that was pretty cool. I haven’t met Mark Hamill yet. I’ve had a lot of near misses. I met Billy Dee Williams, Peter Mayhew.”

Robertson-Harris: The Oakland, Calif., native wants Lucas to give him a tour of Lucas Films in San Francisco. He’d also like a cameo as an X-Wing pilot, a custom-made Boba Fett or stormtrooper suit to wear at Comic-Con in San Diego and a “Star Wars” man cave.

“When you’re married, you have to have real stuff like pictures of the family. … Eventually, whenever I get my house back in Texas and get my man cave, I’ll have every ‘Star Wars’ movie poster. I definitely want to get a life-size cardboard cutout of Darth Vader.”

Who shot first: Han Solo or Greedo?

Lopez: “Oh, without question (Solo shot first). … I think he would’ve done that in ‘Return of the Jedi’ too. That’s what he was. He was a rogue, a scalawag, a space pirate, essentially.”

Robertson-Harris: “I’m going to say Greedo shot (at) him first. From how I saw it, the angle that it was at, Han kind of gave him a little weave and just — gotcha — like in the westerns.”

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