Despite the careers that many Star Wars alums have had — you’ve seen Harrison Ford, you’ve seen Mark Hamill, you’ve even seen Carrie Fischer — it looks like one major actor’s relationship with George Lucas and Company has turned to the Dark Side.
David Prowse, who played Darth Vader, has apparently “not been invited” to the Star Wars Celebration V in Orlando. The actor posted this on his web site:
“It is with regret that I have been informed by my friends at C2 Ventures, Ben and Phillip, that I am not to be invited to C5 this year or any other Lucas Film associated events. After enquiring, the only thing I have been told is that I have ‘burnt too many bridges between Lucas Film and myself’ – no other reason given…I have also been advised by the promoter of Paris Manga in September that LFL (Lucas Film Limited) have requested no photo opportunities with the 501 Squadron, even though I am commander in chief of the 501″
Now, look. I’m not privy to the inner workings of LucasFilm or its subsidiaries. Maybe David Prowse did something horrible, like leaving a dead animal on Lucas’s desk or something. (Is complaining about your voice not getting into the final cut really an offense that’s worth getting cut out of the gold mine?) Otherwise, like the fine folks at GeekTwins say, this is pretty much criminal — especially since the actor told /Film he hasn’t seen a single residual check for his work. His work that contributed to a multi-billion dollar franchise. If that’s accurate, can somebody Force Choke a little bit of cash out for this guy? And barring that, at least a little bit of respect?
[Hat-tip to the newly-renamed Blastr]