Dave Prowse (Darth Vader) and Peter Mayhew (Chewbacca) joined us at Star Wars Weekends this weekend. It was great to see Dave at weekends again after a very long absence. And it was great to have these two actors together, so they could tell the wonderful story of how Dave’s decision to play Darth Vader over Chewbacca forever changed movie history.
As Dave tells it, George Lucas let him choose between the roles of Chewbacca or Darth Vader. Dave chose Vader, because, as he explained to George, “You always remember the baddies.” When you think about it, that was a wonderful decision for Dave, since Vader is pretty obviously one of the most loved villains of all time. And it worked out great for Peter, because he was cast in a role he was absolutely perfect for. So on that one decision we got two of the greatest characters in movie history.
Pics are on Picasa:
There are also some great pics over at FieldsEdge.