Most of us who have seen the original Star Wars trilogy probably assumed that most of the main actors associated with each other in at least a cursory manner, but at least two of the key players from 1977’s A New Hope had never met until just a few months ago. As it works out, it took and episode of CBS’ nerdy hit sitcom The Big Bang Theory to get Carrie Fisher and James Earl Jones in the same room at the same time.
Fisher, as you probably know, plays Princess Leia Organa in the first three films, and will reprise her role in J.J. Abrams’ upcoming Star Wars: Episode VII. Jones, on the other hand, lends his voice to the iconic villain of the franchise, Darth Vader, who also happens to be Leia’s secret father. Most of you are familiar with these movies, and while the two characters have scenes together throughout the franchise, Fisher and Jones never met. Darth Vader’s speaking voice is easily recognizable as Jones’, but the guy in that legendary black costume is bodybuilder David Prowse, or stuntman Bob Anderson during the those lightsaber battles. Jones and Fisher simply never had occasion to meet, that is until Big Bang came calling.
During their panel at San Diego Comic-Con, showrunner Steve Motaro revealed this tidbit that is certain to become a staple at trivia nights in pubs across the globe. In season 7 of The Big Bang Theory aired an episode called “The Convention Conundrum.” In the installment, the main crew of characters, who you may or may not are all nerds who obsess about comic books and work in science labs, are unable to get tickets to Comic-Con, so Sheldon (Jim Parsons) tries to start his own competing convention. Through a wacky series of events he lands Jones, and Fisher shows up when two decide to play a prank on her. As you can clearly see in this picture, things don’t go quite as well as planned.
According to Motaro’s story, which is easily the best part of the story, when Fisher first saw her co-star on set she raised her arms in the air and yelled, “Daddy!”
This is an awesome story and a fun bit of trivia, but while we’re all excited to see Fisher back in her most famous role (hopefully she’ll pull out that signature bun hairdo as well), you can’t help but be a little bit sad knowing that, even if Episode VII it totally amazing, we won’t be hearing Jones’ deep, booming voice coming out of one of cinema’s best villains. A Jones-less Star Wars: Episode VII hits theaters everywhere December 18, 2015.