Original Darth Vader actor wanted to return in ‘Star Wars: Rogue One’

David Prowse says it would have been 'nice' to be asked to reprise the role

The actor who played Darth Vader in the original Star Wars trilogy has voiced his disappointment at not being asked to return to the role in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story.

David Prowse, who was the onscreen figure of the iconic sci-fi villain, revealed in an interview with Radio Times that he did not even know that the character would be returning in the spin-off movie in December.

Prowse, a former bodybuilder and weightlifter from Bristol, voiced the original lines in the filming of the three films, before his voice was replaced by James Earl Jones.

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Speaking about his relationship with the character, Prowse said: “It’d be nice to be offered the job again, because I’m still fit and healthy, and I’m still Darth Vader in and around the country”.

“I get loads and loads of requests, you know, to do loads of personal appearances, both as myself and him. People are still very interested in Darth Vader.”

He added that the return of the character was “wonderful”, and spoke of the continued popularity of the series: “When you think back to Star Wars in the 70s, like 76 I think it was, or around that period, now we’re talking about sort of 40-odd years further on, and Star Wars is as big as ever.”

In Geneva, Illinois, a man held up and robbed a bank wearing a Darth Vader mask on Friday (July 29).

Police have not revealed the amount of money that the robber escaped with, or whether they believe there were multiple people involved in the robbery, but The Geneva Police Department is working with the FBI to investigate the incident.

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