Decades ago, British actor Anthony Daniels wasn’t overly impressed when he was initially told about an opening for a part as a robot in an American sci-fi movie called Star Wars.
“I was so negative about it. Why would I want to be involved with this rubbish?” Daniels told The Guardian in a recent interview.
Despite those misgivings, the now 69-year-old actor met with director George Lucas at an office in London. And from there, you could say history went on to be made, with Daniels becoming C-3PO, the golden fusspot droid, which he would go on to play in all six installments of the Star Wars series.
In fact, C-3PO, and his robotic buddy R2-D2, are the only characters who have been in every Star Wars installment.
See the video below where C-3PO ranks in the top 10 droids featured in the Star Wars franchise:
Daniels again plays C-3PO in the upcoming Star Wars: The Force Awakens, and he reunites with many of the original cast, such as Harrison Ford, Mark Hamill, and Carrie Fisher.
‘The Force Awakens’ is set 30 years after the events depicted in ‘Return of the Jedi.’
While Lucas ended up relying heavily on the world of digital special effects in the last Star Wars movies, the new director, J.J. Abrams, has gone back to basics with a lot of The Force Awakens.
“It became clear early on that with J.J., we were getting back to the old-fashioned kind of filmmaking,” said Daniels.
“We have walls. Actual sets! All right, so you might not have a view out of the window, but you have a window,” Daniels said, while adding that he was not able to divulge details about The Force Awakens’ story-line.
See a collection of Star Wars trailers, clips, and behind the scenes video from The Force Awakens below:
The studio has stressed utter secrecy for many of the new film’s details.
“The secrecy has been beyond ludicrous,” Daniels said.
In comparison, the 1977 Star Wars was released with not much in the way of fanfare.
“There was none of this paranoia because it was a daft little film and no one cared,” he said.
Daniels will again be playing C-3PO for at least two more Star Wars movies. Filming for the eighth Star Wars film begins next month, and the ninth will begin production in 2018.
Star Wars: The Force Awakens is out this month.
The video below from moviemaniacsDE features old interviews where Daniels describes what it was like to be C-3PO on the set of Star Wars: