There’s no denying that Darth Vader is one of the most iconic villains in cinematic history. One thing that most should know bust some might not is that the dark Sith lord was brought to us by two different actors with James Earl Jones delivering the iconic voice we know so well, and the lesser-known David Prowse handling the costumed physical appearance.
Though most recognize Earl Jones as Vader, Prowse is certainly a beloved member of the Star Wars universe…at least when it comes to the fans anyway. When it comes to creator George Lucas and anything Lucasfilm related, however, things are not all sunshine and rainbows as you might assume.
The annual Star Wars Celebration V (C5) convention is coming up and Mr. Prowse was set to make an appearance, sign autographs, and meet his fans. Unfortunately he received a bit of bad news and shared it on his website.
It is with regret that I have been informed by my friends at C2 Ventures, Ben and Phillip, that I am not to be invited to C5 this year or any other Lucas Film associated events. After enquiring, the only thing I have been told is that I have “burnt too many bridges between Lucas Film and myself” – no other reason given.
I have also been advised by the promoter of Paris Manga in September that LFL have requested no photo opportunities with the 501 Squadron, even though I am commander in chief of the 501.
Sincere apologies to all my fans who were hoping to meet with me – I shall miss you too. As you will see from my events page I will be at many conventions all over the world so we can still keep in touch.
Now, the whole story here is unknown, but it’s hard to imagine what evil Prowse could have committed to reap such cruel punishment. Geek Twins refers back to an article that /Film wrote in which Prowse told Equity Magazine that he hadn’t received and residual payments for his work on Return of the Jedi, and that Lucasfilm told him it was because they hadn’t made any profit on that film…crazy as that sounds. Whether this is a reason for such backlash is unknown, but it is worth noting.