The voice of Darth Vader, provided by James Earl Jones, is one of the most iconic aspects of Star Wars. But James Earl Jones wasn’t in that outfit—it was British actor David Prowse, who was cast in part because he was huge (reportedly 6’5″ and a former body-building champion).
George Lucas always intended to replace Prowse’s voice, but it’s a bit of a shock to hear a muffled British voice coming out of Darth Vader’s helmet. Here’s video showing what Darth Vader sounded like on the set before James Earl Jones re-recorded the dialogue:
via Mental Floss
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Disney is buying Lucasfilm for $4 billion, adding the legendary Star Wars franchise to the entertainment giant’s stable of characters. Lucasfilm is 100% owned by founder George Lucas. The purchase culminates a one and a half year pursuit of the Lucas empire, Disney’s CEO said.
“For the past 35 years, one of my greatest pleasures has been to see Star Wars passed from one generation to the next,” said Lucas, chairman and CEO of Lucasfilm, in a statement. “It’s now time for me to pass Star Wars on to a new generation of filmmakers.”
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