Anthony Daniels has had the honor of being in every single Star Wars movie from A New Hope to Revenge of the Sith. And in a recent interview with EW, he talks the highs and the highers of being one of the few actors who can make that claim.
“It’s a real pleasure. I’m not exactly boasting about it, but I feel very good about having stuck it out [in this role] for nearly 40 years,” Daniels said.
He then went on to say how excited he is for audiences to come back to the world that Lucas created all those years ago with the arrival of Star Wars: Episode VII.
“I’m very happy to say I’m involved in another take on Star Wars. I think it’s very inventive that people -- writers, producers, production, and directors -- they can come up with some new angle that will give audiences another way into the story, because Star Wars has always had a backstory,” Daniels said.
“The first one, Episode IV, launched the story out of nowhere -- [the story was told] as if audiences all knew what [the characters] were talking about. Certainly I didn’t, but intelligent audiences went, 'Oh yeah, this is cool, this is real.' Similarly, even with an animated series, it fills in some of that history that would have happened whether you saw it onscreen or not.”
The man has had more than his share of Star Wars quotes. So, when Daniels was then asked to name his favorite dialogue for the character who is the master of hundreds and hundreds of languages, it took no time at all.
“My favorite line is, [in character as C-3PO] 'We’re doomed.' It’s a phrase that encapsulates his whole philosophy. It’s his life. He always feels on the edge of disaster. That’s where the humor comes from because he is a humorous character, but mostly it comes by default. He doesn’t tell jokes. He’s just wrong about everything most of the time and lives on this precipice of fear, which gives a sort of tension,” Daniels admitted.
“You and I hide that. You hid magnificently that you were terrified of talking to me. As humans, adults, we sort of do. He doesn’t have that guile. And in fact, now that I come to think of it, he is pretty much without guile. He says it as it is and that can occasionally be quite funny because he can be inappropriate without meaning to be. This is the thing that George and the writers originally created and we’ve taken it further and further. There’s no way I can think of the situations he’s put into, but they sometimes let me tweak [his lines]. In fact, they always let me tweak the script.”
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