Peter Cushing, George Lucas, Carrie Fishcer and David Prowse on the set of ‘Star Wars: Episode IV — A New Hope,’ 1977 (Photo: Alamy)
Dave Prowse, the man behind the Darth Vader mask in the original Star Wars trilogy, announced he will no longer be traveling abroad to attend international conventions.
— DARTH VADER (@isDARTHVADER) October 3, 2016
Prowse, 81, has been beloved on the fan circuit for years. The British actor famously recorded the voice for Darth Vader on the set of Star Wars: Episode IV, but later his voice was replaced by James Earl Jones.
“James Earl Jones did a wonderful job as the voice of Darth Vader, and it was a perfect match for the physical presence I provided the role,” Prowse wrote on his website last year, debuting a look of what Star Wars may have sounded like had today’s overdub technology existed back when he was working on the 1977 film.
Darth Vader appeared in Star Wars: Episode III — Revenge of the Sith, with Hayden Christensen wearing the suit. Vader will again appear in December’s Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, with Spencer Wilding stepping into the physical role and Jones once again providing the voice.