Star Wars actors John Boyega and Daisy Ridley geek out over visiting John Williams

29 Oct 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Darth Vader actor ‘not a bit interested’ in Star Wars: The Force Awakens.

In terms of rampant hype, it is even giving the original space opera trilogy, which helped usher in the Hollywood blockbuster era and sold hundreds of millions of plastic lightsabers, a run for its galactic credits. But the British actor who appeared as Darth Vader in all three movies says he has not even seen the trailer for JJ Abrams’s Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Dave Prowse, who portrayed the deadly Sith Lord onscreen for Star Wars (1977), The Empire Strikes Back (1980) and Return of the Jedi (1983), told Yahoo! Google Trends and Google News Lab GOOG, +0.63% released Frightgeist, an app that pulls from the top 500 costume searches in the U.S. and uses Google trends to map out what costumes are trending in areas across the U.S.

But if they’re putting somebody else in Darth Vader’s mask, then I’m not the slightest bit interested.” Of the latest, apparently final trailer for Abrams’s film, which has been viewed a staggering 50m times on YouTube, Prowse said: “I haven’t seen it at all. The new Star Wars trailer has already racked up more than 50 million views, and online movie ticket retailer Fandango said that within 24 hours it hadalready sold eight times as many tickets as previous record holder “The Hunger Games.” The film premieres on Dec. 18. You know … not a lot, no.” The 80-year-old actor and former bodybuilder was in the Vader suit for much of the Sith Lord’s screen time and reputedly even got to speak his lines on set, though his west country tones were dubbed over with those of American actor James Earl Jones in post-production, and many of the fight scenes featured British Olympic fencer Bob Anderson.

Prowse has previously signalled his disinterest in Lucas’s oft-maligned prequel trilogy, which attempted to tell the story of how Jedi Anakin Skywalker was turned to the dark side. “I didn’t like Star Wars I, II and III at all,” he told the Hull Daily Mail in 2013. “I think the common opinion now is they were really bad movies.

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