Comparative Prowse-ology

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    Truly a man of many faces.

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    I’ll always think of his as Hotblack’s bodyguard, with his odd Americanized mobster accent. And this post made me panic a bit, since I thought maybe Prowse had passed away or something.


    Reviving this topic for this interesting piece of Rogue One casting news. [LINK] has revealed that actor Spencer Wilding has filmed scenes as the Sith Lord for the movie, due out in December this year.

    In the original trilogy, Darth Vader was played by David Prowse (and voiced by James Earl Jones) but, now in his 80s, Prowse is not well enough to perform the task.

    Spencer has appeared in three Doctor Who episodes – all from the Matt S(m)ith era: a Minotaur in The God Complex; the Wooden King in The Doctor, The Widow And The Wardrobe; and Ice Warrior Skaldak in 2013’s Cold War.

    So there you go. Want to be Darth Vader? Being a Minotaur in an episode of Doctor Who is a prerequisite.

    But wait, there’s more!

    Spencer is not the first Doctor Who actor to appear in Star Wars franchise and joins regular Who star Jimmy Vee in replacing an original actor for the new films.

    Vee, who starred alongside Kylie Minogue and David Tennant in the 2007 Christmas Special Voyage Of The Damned amongst many other episodes, takes the place of Kenny Baker in the role of loveable droid R2-D2 for the upcoming Star Wars: Episode VIII.

    Many Bothans died to get us this information.

    So that’s what’s wrong with Artoo now. Graske Inside!

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    Other than Vader, Prowse will always be the bodyguard in Clockwork Orange to me.

    Also, 7 years before he was the biggest monster in the galaxy, he played a different monster:

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    And this post made me panic a bit, since I thought maybe Prowse had passed away or something.

    Well…he has now. [LINK]

    Dave Prowse, the Bristolian former bodybuilder best known for playing Darth Vader in the original Star Wars trilogy, has died aged 85.

    Prowse was cast as Vader for his imposing physique, even though the role was voiced by James Earl Jones.

    But the weightlifter-turned-actor was most proud of playing the Green Cross Code Man. The role, promoting road safety in the UK, earned him an MBE.

    Prowse made his film debut in 1967 James Bond spoof Casino Royale playing Frankenstein’s Creature, a part he was asked to play again in two films from the iconic Hammer film series, 1970’s Horror Of Frankenstein and 1974’s Frankenstein and the Monster From Hell.

    He also regularly featured on cult series such as The Saint, Space 1999 and Doctor Who, in which he was cast as a minotaur in the 1972 episode The Time Monster, opposite Jon Pertwee.

    Spotted by director George Lucas in the 1971 film Clockwork Orange, in which he played a bodyguard, Prowse was invited to audition for the roles of Darth Vader and Chewbacca in 1977’s Star Wars.

    He had retired from the convention and autograph circuit in 2017.

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