George Lucas Had a Strained Relationship With the Original Darth Vader Actor; Here’s Why

by Jeremy Spirogis
Peter Cushing, David Prowse, and Carrie Fisher with director, screenwriter, and producer George Lucas on the set of his movie

Darth Vader is such a major character and an excellent larger villain within the Star Wars franchise. While his total story is fairly tragic whenever you consider the prequels and his Anakin Skywalker backstory, he’s nonetheless the scary Big Bad in Episodes IV, V, and VI

But it seems that the actor behind the Darth Vader masks from the unique trilogy didn’t have the very best relationship with George Lucas. In reality, he stopped getting invited to official Star Wars occasions. What occurred between the 2? Turns out, it concerned free lips and dangerous blood. 

Peter Cushing, David Prowse, and Carrie Fisher with director, screenwriter, and producer George Lucas on the set of his movie 'Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope.'
Peter Cushing, David Prowse, and Carrie Fisher with director, screenwriter, and producer George Lucas on the set of his film ‘Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope’ | Sunset Boulevard/Corbis through Getty Images

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In 2010, David Prowse stated he’d ‘burned too many bridges’ at Lucasfilm

According to Zimbio, David Prowse — the bodybuilder-turned-actor within the bodily position of Darth Vader — stopped getting invited to official conventions or to do something formally associated to Star Wars. In 2010, he wrote on his web site that it was as a result of he’d “burnt too many bridges” over time. 

What result in this? Well, one large level of rivalry on his finish was the truth that his voice was dubbed over by James Earl Jones. This was the start of their “feud” or normal dislike of one another. Prowse allegedly wasn’t advised about this till after A New Hope premiered. 

While it’s almost inconceivable to think about anybody else however Jones saying iconic strains like, “I find your lack of faith disturbing,” or “I am your father,” that could be a powerful wakeup name to get with out warning. Not to say, years later in Return of the Jedi, Prowse allegedly additionally felt slighted when he came upon Sebastian Shaw performed the unmasked Darth Vader, Anakin Skywalker. More on that later. 

Prowse spoiled a significant twist, which put him on dangerous footing with Lucas

According to Den of Geek, Prowse additionally let some main Star Wars secrets and techniques fly. At an autograph signing a few years earlier than Empire Strikes Back got here out — earlier than they even had a script — Prowse was “somewhat intoxicated” and advised the gang his very correct principle about Vader. “Father can’t kill son, son can’t kill father,” he advised them. “So they live again to star in Star Wars IV.”

Of course, whereas there wasn’t social media and issues didn’t unfold quick again then, it nonetheless bought out to a minimum of a few newspapers. Not to say the followers that have been already there. And it did, additionally, get again to George Lucas, reportedly.

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This resulted in Prowse being a “security threat” on Empire Strikes Back, allegedly. He wasn’t given the precise line of “No Luke, I am your father” whereas filming the long-lasting scene. He was given a faux factor to say alongside the strains of “Obi-Wan Kenobi is your father.” This isn’t essentially out of the bizarre although, as a result of nobody was actually let in on that main secret till the film got here out. 

Supposedly Mark Hamill was advised solely the evening earlier than filming and solely Lucas, producer Gary Kurtz, and director Irvin Kershner knew. So whether or not they have been going to inform Prowse or not, they couldn’t converse the true line throughout filming, in any other case, the remainder of the crew would hear it as effectively. 

Prowse was then blamed for leaking Darth Vader/Anakin’s loss of life in ‘Return of the Jedi’

Whether Prowse by some means knew Vader would for positive be Luke’s father or it was simply an excellent guess, that slipup on the autograph signing adopted him till his last Star Wars film. According to the guide, How Star Wars Conquered the Universe, Prowse was additionally blamed because the supply of a leak that Darth Vader died in Return of the Jedi. He, in fact, does — SPOILER — die, and comes again as Anakin Skywalker for a quick second. But, you understand, leaks are dangerous.

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Because of a protracted story involving a sneaky journalist and Prowse, together with the earlier scenario with leaking, Prowse was “almost completely sidelined” whereas filming. This is supposedly why stunt actor Bob Anderson stood in for the position of Darth Vader for many of Return of the Jedi

“And that ruined my affiliation with Star Wars,” Prowse stated. “I was ostracized while on the movie, the producer and director wouldn’t work with me, and Lucas wouldn’t speak to me. I had six weeks of purgatory.”

Prowse stated that he “couldn’t sleep that night” pondering of the story within the newspaper that appeared to recommend Prowse leaked the ending to Return of the Jedi. It additionally didn’t assist issues that the journalist broke the information to him that Shaw would play the unmasked Darth Vader. “They wouldn’t do that – they wouldn’t go and unmask somebody else after I’ve played the part for six years,” Prowse advised the reporter. 

Overall, there have been numerous missteps and each side appeared to lose increasingly religion within the different facet because the years glided by. But what’s Star Wars with out a little little bit of drama, proper?

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