More from He-Manâ€™s Dean Stefan, part 1
Hereâ€™s the extended cut of the interview with Dean Stefan, story editor for â€śHe-Man and the Masters of the Universe,â€ť following up on the story in Weekend Look. Several bits from the interview didnâ€™t make it into the paper, so weâ€™re including more information here for those interested, in several parts.
Matt Price: Was Skeletorâ€™s backstory new for the 2002 series?
Dean Stefan: He was Randorâ€™s brother, I donâ€™t know if we ever said that explicitly in the series, but that was where we were going, or his half-brother. And we were actually, if we went further, we were going to go into that he actually had a rightful claim to the throne, because we were going to go into that he was the first born. We never got into it, but he would have rightfully been the king. So he had sort of a legitimate beef with his brother Randor. And that makes Adam his nephew, which is kind of interesting also, He-Man is Skeletorâ€™s nephew. Again, we never got that far, but that was all in the mix. We showed how he got damaged by Randor in this battle, his looks got screwed up. And then in a later episode we showed how Hordak, we did another backstory between him getting the acid on his face and becoming Skeletor. He made a deal with the devil, Hordak, who made him into the bone creature, but also with the implicit promise that Skeletor was someday going to free Hordak, and that wouldnâ€™t bode well for Skeletor when that happened.
The other thing we did in the early episodes, we had all these great characters, the Masters and the villains, but we wanted to solo them in some way to figure out their backstory. There were characters that we had no idea really what they were except we knew they had been used before or were a toy like Man E Faces or Mekanek. And we said well, these guys are goofy, maybe, but letâ€™s figure out what theyâ€™re about. And the best way to figure out what theyâ€™re about, rather than ignore them, is to base a story on it, and then sort of force yourself to explore their foibles, their weaknesses, their fears . That always makes it richer, obviously when you can figure out the motivation and what makes the character tick. So they become real for you and for the audience. That was a very conscious decision to do early on.
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