The actor who was inside the Darth Vader armor in the original Star Wars trilogy was a bodybuilder, cast for the part purely because of his physical size. He is now 66 years old, arthritic, and has a broken hip. He has also just announced that if he isn't asked to play Vader in Episode III, he expects fans to boycott.
I've gone to Star Wars conventions. I play trivia games. I hang out with devotees of obscure cultural references. All told, I do not believe I've heard the gentleman's name (David Prowse) spoken aloud more than three times in my life. I think it will be great if they want him for the movie and he's able for it. Fans boycotting for it? I can't see that happening. I'm sure there'll be protests... a lot of original trilogy fans will protest anything about the new ones... but boycotts?
May 30 2002, 1:08 am