Actor revisits memorable C-3PO moments for Star Wars Day
05:00 AM, May 04, 2013
Every May 4, Star Wars Day is a time when fans of George Lucas’ galaxy far, far away remember their favorite parts of the movies even iconic cast members like Anthony Daniels, who portrayed the golden protocol droid C-3PO in all six iconic and inspiring films.
“There’s a huge amount of creativity that has come not just by sitting and stuffing a box of popcorn into your face. Something about it has nourished people’s enthusiasm. So well done, George,” says the British actor.
Here, Daniels shares his most memorable moments wearing the robotic outfit in the original Star Wars trilogy.
Star Wars (1977)
“The oil bath scene is funny. My leg fell off because the oil just blew away all the plastic holding me together. If you go back to that oil scene, watch it again. The oil is really warm because you can see it steaming away there of course it was warm because it was the middle of winter and I was on kind of an elevator. But it’s not the oil that’s hot there are two electric kettles out of sight behind me just producing steam. It’s what gave the whole thing soul in a way, that original film, the things that were done literally with mirrors.”
The Empire Strikes Back (1980)
“I have an unfavorite scene where I was running down an ice corridor pursuing Princess Leia and Han Solo and he yanks me into a room. It was a quite confined set, full of smoke and explosions. And I had a hangover. Really not good. Yeah, don’t have a hangover in a costume like that. Never did it again.”
Return of the Jedi (1983)
“Two movies earlier, I said to George about people’s cues, ‘Could you beep?’ (to stand in for droid sidekick R2-D2’s communicative sounds). I’m serious, he was a good director, rubbish at going ‘Beep.’ For the road to Jabba’s palace (while filming in Arizona’s Death Valley for Jedi), I’m rehearsing walking down the path saying my lines ‘Lando Calrissian never returned from this awful place’ and suddenly from behind me came ‘Beep beep-beep beep-beep beep-beep.’ I look down and there is George squatting and trotting along behind me, smiling. It was just lovely. And if you watch it, look at the shadows the setting sun is to my right and you’ve got these long forlorn shadows and it looks great. But we were staying at a motel that was beyond vile, and people were running to get the shots before the sunset because we didn’t want to spend another night there. Filming is not all glamor, I can tell you.”