A number of stars from George Lucas’ original Star Wars trilogy returned for the J.J. Abrams’ trilogy which kicked off with Star Wars: Episode VII. But for all the talk about Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, and Harrison Ford (especially after he broke his leg on The Force Awakens set), perhaps it is Anthony Daniels who is most vital to the franchise. His C-3PO has appeared in more of the Star Wars films that just about anyone else.
Back before filming began on The Force Awakens, there was a question of whether or not the actor would actually don the golden suit once again, and he did have a couple of demands before he would commit to reprising his most notable role one more time.
Talking to Entertainment Weekly, Daniels discussed how he came to be in Episode VII, and in the process, he also revealed the two things that he required to return to that far, far away galaxy.
One of the qualifications was that he would, again, physically climb into his signature suit. Recounting a conversation he had with Abrams where the director brought up doing just voice work, Daniels said, “There’s no way I would do just the voice.” And there’s no way we want him to do just the voice.
While that was his first request, there was one more hurdle to clear before he would agree to revisit the roles, and it involved the design of the suit he demanded he wear, there needed to be some changes. Judging from the final product, none of these alterations impacted the appearance of C-3PO in any way. A few upgrades don’t seem totally out of the realm of possibility.
The changes he wanted all had to do with the interior of the suit, with comfort and ease of entry. He says, “[T]he team then got together and built a new suit. They made an entirely new look-a-like with changes that you will never notice [on screen] that made my life a lot easier. I can get it on and off very quickly.”
In a general sense, that sounds much more convenient than the previous incarnations of the C-3PO suits, and it’s probably extra necessary considering Daniels was 68-years-old when The Force Awakens started filming and probably doesn’t bend quite as well as he did back in 1977.
Now that The Rise of Skywalker has released we’ve completed the new trilogy started by The Force Awakens, and Anthony Daniels played C-3PO through all three movies. It may very well be the last time we see him playing the character. It’s good to remember how dedicated he’s been to playing the character, right from the beginning.
Find out more about what’s being played for the next Star Wars movie in our guide to the galaxy after the Skywalker saga.