Kim Kardashian and Kanye West, America’s most famous celebrity couple, will always have a special place for Star Wars in their hearts — literally — because it was the reason they fell for each other in the first place.
Now that Star Wars: The Force Awakens — perhaps the most anticipated movie of this decade — is only a few days away from its release on December 18, I thought it would be interesting to look at how George Lucas’ epic space opera played a huge role in initiating the romance between Kim Kardashian and Kanye West. And what I am about to tell you might just surprise you!
In early 2008, fresh off the release of his third album, Graduation, Kanye West was quite eager to break into television. He had already shot a pilot with Larry Charles — one of the writers on Seinfeld — but that failed to materialize because HBO execs did not take to it too warmly, according to Daily Beast.
So Kanye did what he does best — and decided to shoot a pilot which would have its characters rap all the way. And yes, did I mention the characters were supposed to be politically incorrect muppets?
Produced by West’s childhood friend Rhymefest and Jimmy Kimmel’s production company, Alligator Boots was built up as a hip-hop muppet show where the characters would interview (and all that it entails these days) a human celebrity each week. Nor surprisingly, Kanye West himself appeared on the pilot as a Stormtrooper, but he wanted someone else to co-star with him.
“And I want to have, like, Kim Kardashian play Princess Leia because Kim Kardashian’s a** is just so…just perfect,” West had said on Alligator Boots.
There was already something simmering between the two at the time. So when Kim Kardashian indeed appeared in Princess Leia’s trademark slave bikini and double-bun hairdo on Alligator Boots, there were sparks.
“I was always attracted to him. When I first met him, we worked on a project together and there was definitely a spark, but we were in other relationships and we kept our distance, and that was that…It was this pilot that him and Jimmy Kimmel were doing that didn’t come to fruition,” Kim Kardashian spoke of the time she shot the pilot with West, in a recent interview with Access Hollywood.
People who witnessed the budding romance between Kim Kardashian and Kanye West — including the crew of Alligator Boots — later testified that what happened on the set was indeed potent.
“I was there, the moment they met in the room,” Boots producer Naomi Scott said in an interview with Bustle. “[Kanye West] was enamored with her from the very second he said [Kim Kardashian’s] name.”
The pilot itself was not so successful, however. Available on YouTube, it shows Kanye successfully asking Kim out for a date, before the KUWTK star knocks the stumping out of him by leaving with Beary White — a smooth-talking bear based on the singer-songwriter Barry White.
But Kanye West loved the experience anyway, partly because he was so in love with Star Wars — and perhaps Kim Kardashian as well.
“I love puppets, and, like, I love the first Star Wars because of that organic—it made me feel like I was there” West says in the clip.
Alligator Boots was passed on by Comedy Central, but its pilot set the tone for the relationship that would later develop between Kim Kardashian and Kanye West. Though it took about five years from then for the two of them to get together, it will always be remembered for the fire it stoked in the couple’s hearts. Kim Kardashian and Kanye West fell in love — thanks to Star Wars and Alligator Boots.
So when Star Wars: The Force Awakens comes out on December 18, it might be time for Kim and Kanye to go visiting the memory lane together — and they could perhaps take North and Saint with them!
Meanwhile, you can chuckle at the fires that were sparked back in 2008 between Kim Kardashian and Kanye West right below.
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