I’m not sure if this is common knowledge amongst the mainstream audiences, but at this point I assume everyone who reads Geek Binge knows that not one, but two people technically “played” Darth Vader. And actually, the way this came about is actually pretty sad; unknown actor David Prowse was originally cast in the role, but George Lucas eventually began to reconsider giving him the part due to his rather high, not very intimidating voice. So though Prowse signed on to voice Vader and spent all that time in the damn suit, eventually the much more appropriate James Earl Jones was brought on to re-dub the lines. Apparently there were no hard feelings though, since Prowse continued acting in the suit for Episode V and Episode VI as basically a glorified model. And apparently, he’d be willing to do it again for Star Wars: Episode VII.
Interestingly enough though, it’s not because he has any particular infinity for the recent films—in fact, he had a lot of ill things to say about the prequels. Via The Hull Daily Mail:
“I didn’t like Star Wars I, II and III. I think the common opinion now is they were really bad movies. There’s no comparison with the original movies. They had a much more believable story.”
But with J.J Abrams and Michael Arndt now behind the sequel instead of Lucas, Prowse seems willing to give Star Wars another chance:
“Unfortunately Darth Vader was killed off. But it would be nice to come back and do another character, because no one’s ever seen my face. I was never unmasked.”
First of all, I like how Prose specially said “another character” to make sure and not give the fans anything to work with. Secondly though, I found his last comment a little bit sad—he spent all this time playing this character, and got no respect for it. Everyone knows James Earl Jones, and his role as Darth Vader is now synonymous with his voice acting career? But David Prowse? Not so much. As for the actual possibility of him appearing in the film, I wouldn’t be surprised. It probably wouldn’t be a major character role or anything—Prowse doesn’t t have the career for that. But it would be just like Abrams to cast Prowse in a small, blink and you miss it background role.
Then again, no one would know if this was the case until they randomly looked up the film on IMDB. I mean, has David Prowse been in…well, anything? That’s what I though.