In response to my concert preview story that ran in last Friday’s Bee, I got this e-mail from a reader named Scott:
In your article about Star Wars in Concert, you printed several items under a “By The Numbers” heading. Unfortunately, there is a massive mistake in one of them:
1 — Actors who have appeared in all six “Star Wars” movies. That one person is Anthony Daniels, who hosts the concert and plays C-3PO in the films. “I don’t think it can get any better than this,” he says.
In fact, there are TWO actors who have appeared in all six films. One is, indeed, Anthony Daniels. The other is Kenny Baker, a British actor who was inside the lovable droid R2D2. He also appeared in all six films, and I have verified this fact with IMDB.com and the Kenny Baker entry on Wikipedia.
To be honest, I didn’t really know the answer. The factoid about Anthony Daniels is one that the tour tosses out at the media, and it sticks to many of the stories that get written.
I found it hard to believe they’d be sending out something that’s blatantly wrong — especially when it comes to “Star Wars,” which has a strong community of fanboys and girls. Somebody would have called them for it by now, right?
Only way to know for sure. I asked. Here’s the response I got LucasFIlm:
The character of R2-D2 was indeed in all six of the Star Wars films. Kenny Baker’s iconic physical performance in the original trilogy was used as reference for the prequels, though Baker himself served in a more advisory capacity – thanks largely to technological advances which eliminated the need for him to appear in the costume.
So both perspectives are true … from a certain point of view, as Obi-Wan Kenobi might say.