While you probably didn’t recognize him in Star Wars: The Force Awakens, because of that fancy new red arm, the golden droid in the film was in fact none other than C-3P0. The film brought a slight change in the character’s appearance, and the actor who portrayed him for the last 40 years, Anthony Daniels, also received an upgrade for the new trilogy in the form of a more comfortable droid costume. Daniels spoke at Fan Expo Canada Q&A about the changes the suit received for the new Star Wars trilogy and how the initial conversation with J.J. Abrams played out.
“He said, ‘Would you just like to do the voice?’ And I said, ‘No.’ And he said, ‘Quite right.’ But I said, ‘I would like a new suit.’ They 3D printed it, which still makes it as heavy as it was, but it means you can make little changes, print it out, try that, and it works better. The head used to take half an hour to put on. Now it goes on—because they changed the way it fits together—in eight seconds, which means I can take it off after each shot.”
It must have been extremely uncomfortable for Daniels to stay in that suit while shooting scenes in Tunisia for the original Star Wars trilogy. Not being able to remove the head piece between takes must have been awful for him. It’s great that he decided to come back and actually play the character in a physical manner, and not just provide the droids iconic voice. And while he has proven his love of C-3P0 over the last 30 years, coming back to step into the golden suit once again just emphasizes his genuine affection for the character. Daniels is Star Wars royalty, having appeared as C-3P0 is all eight films, as well as numerous animated shows and video games.
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