He will be eternally known for having played one of the most powerful antagonists in the history of cinema. This Sunday, November 29, the British tabloid The Mirror announced the death of David Prowse, also known as Dave Prowse. According to his agent, the actor died at the age of 85 following a “short illness.” Born on July 1, 1935, he had brought the character of Darth Vader to life in the original trilogy of the intergalactic Star Wars saga due to his imposing physique, he who, at first, was a bodybuilder. Role for which he also inherited the nickname “Darth Farmer” from Carrie Fisher because of his accent, he who was from Bristol, England. The actor James Earl Jones therefore lent him his voice, George Lucas considering that the latter corresponded to the character of Darth Vader.
According to our colleagues from across the Channel, the news fell through a press release made public on the morning of this Sunday, November 29 by agent Thomas Bowington. “May the force be with him,” he said of David Prowse. Famous for playing “many monsters” on the big screen due to his height (he was six feet tall), after a starring role in A Clockwork Orange, as Julian, “anyone who knew Dave and worked with [told him] that he was a hero, ”according to Thomas Rowington.
David Prowse in conflict with George Lucas
But if Darth Vader has been the role of his life, David Prowse was far from thrilled at the idea of not being able to speak with his own voice in the Star Wars saga. But that was not the only source of conflict. In Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi, George Lucas asked a certain Sebastian Shaw to lend him his face when the character finally unmasks himself. What to cringe the main concerned. Stung, he had not hesitated to criticize George Lucas who had then replaced by Hayden Christensen for Revenge of the Sith. In 2010, David Prowse was then banned from all gatherings in tribute to Star Wars but also from demonstrations organized by Lucasfilms Lt. A conflict that he could have avoided: because of his large size, David Prowse had the choice of ‘interpret Darth Vader and Chewbacca. He eventually chooses the role of the villain, feeling that “everyone remembers the villain.”
The grieving Star Wars family © Zuma Press