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    RIP Dave Prowse

    The man behind darth Vader passed this morning, great man and made an iconic character.

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    Quote Originally Posted by seadog1408 View Post
    The man behind darth Vader passed this morning, great man and made an iconic character.
    Wow. The Green Cross Code man.
    RIP Dave

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    Vader will live forever.

    RIP DP

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    Reminds me of this by Eddie Izzard.


    https://youtu.be/Sv5iEK-IEzw

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    This is a fabulous Prowse ‘moment’ interview for those who have watched Clockwork


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    Does anyone know why they replaced him with much older actor Sebastian Shaw for the 'big reveal' as Darth Vader was dying?

    Interviewed in 1997, Dave Prowse himself didn't know as George Lucas had apparently started filming the 'death scene' before starting filming the first Star Wars film.

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    Quote Originally Posted by The Hack View Post
    Does anyone know why they replaced him with much older actor Sebastian Shaw for the 'big reveal' as Darth Vader was dying?

    Interviewed in 1997, Dave Prowse himself didn't know as George Lucas had apparently started filming the 'death scene' before starting filming the first Star Wars film.
    Apparently it was because it was going to be such a pivotal and emotional scene George Lucas wanted an experienced and skilled actor to play that moment.

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    He visited our junior school as Green Cross Code man and lifted my mate up with one hand, with another kid in the other hand. We marvelled at his strength.

    My kids can't get their heads around him being Darth Vader when they heard him on the radio this morning.

    RIP Green Cross Code man.

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    I served and sold him a large kitchen appliance (can’t remember if it was a fridge/freezer, dishwasher or washing machine) during one of my post-university transient jobs at an upmarket retailer. The highlight of my large domestic appliance sales career, closely followed by a sale to Alan Bates (The Go-between). Tough times, 12% unemployment.

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    RIP Dave Prowse,

    Rest easy big guy.
    "Once is happenstance. Twice is coincidence. The third time it's enemy action."

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    He also helped Christopher Reeve get into shape for his Superman films.

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    Thanks - makes sense I suppose.

    Quote Originally Posted by village View Post
    Apparently it was because it was going to be such a pivotal and emotional scene George Lucas wanted an experienced and skilled actor to play that moment.

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    Very sad. Dave has been a lifelong friend and I'll miss him.

    RIP.

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    RIP father!


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    RIP David. I think you came to Hamleys as Darth Vader, many moons ago and I shook your hand. Very firm grip. Thankfully you didn't force choke me, but I must have been 8 or 10 at the time 🙂

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    When I was a wee lad we always took the Mickey out of the Green Cross Code man, that was until I found out he was the only and only Darth Vader.

    RIP.

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    RIP Dave.

    Always seemed a nice gentle giant with that west country accent.

    Lived near my sister in Addiscombe.
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    I had Dinner with David in 2012. He was a very kind and likeable man that loved his fans.




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    Quote Originally Posted by Onelasttime View Post
    He visited our junior school as Green Cross Code man and lifted my mate up with one hand, with another kid in the other hand. We marvelled at his strength.

    My kids can't get their heads around him being Darth Vader when they heard him on the radio this morning.

    RIP Green Cross Code man.
    Likewise - he visited our local schools and demonstrated strength etc. He also did a tensing of his alternate pecs and said he exercised like that in the mirror every morning saying “I must, I must, improve my bust”.
    It's just a matter of time...

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    I once had to explain The Green Cross Code Man to a meeting room full of Hungarian millennials (long story).

    RIP.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Seamaster73 View Post
    I once had to explain The Green Cross Code Man to a meeting room full of Hungarian millennials (long story).

    RIP.
    Probably easier than explaining Tufty.
    It's just a matter of time...

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    RIP David Prowse.

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    Darth Vader SHOULD have had a West Country accent!

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    Very sad to hear of the passing of the gentle giant, Dave Prowse.
    I had the pleasure of meeting with him a few times. He had an empowering presence, but was a real gentleman at heart.
    The way he was treated over the past few years by Disney was despicable.

    However, he will always remain the greatest movie villain of all time.

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    What do you mean by Disney’s treatment? There’s no commercial relationship between him and Disney.

    Quote Originally Posted by noms2000 View Post
    Very sad to hear of the passing of the gentle giant, Dave Prowse.
    I had the pleasure of meeting with him a few times. He had an empowering presence, but was a real gentleman at heart.
    The way he was treated over the past few years by Disney was despicable.

    However, he will always remain the greatest movie villain of all time.

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    He lived just down the road from me in Bristol, i remember him returning to visit his old house, very cool

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tony-GB View Post
    Very sad. Dave has been a lifelong friend and I'll miss him.

    RIP.
    How did you get to know him? Does seem to be a really nice, friendly chap.

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    Mr Prowse was an interesting chap highly recommend his autobiography "Straight From The Force's Mouth".
    Last edited by Bry1975; 30th November 2020 at 17:00.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Omegamanic View Post
    Probably easier than explaining Tufty.
    Or why Michael Jackson wasn't in prison... Too soon?

    Dave Prowse always seemed a kindly soul, odd he's most remembered as the most evil being in the universe.

    A good innings, though.

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    Remember meeting him in Barry, S Wales Community center as a kid just after Return of the Jedi for a Star Wars convention organised by the local toy shop "Roys Toys"

    He was in the proper costume and was pretty terrifying. I must of got his autograph but god knows where it went - probably chucked out by my mum along with my vast collection of Kenner Star Wars toys that my mum deemed as tat several years later!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by The Hack View Post
    What do you mean by Disney’s treatment? There’s no commercial relationship between him and Disney.
    They took away his website and Twitter which was his only link to fans.
    This isolated him from his fans and crippled him.

    There is also a good 2015 documentary called "I am Your Father" in which a fan helps Dave Prowse recreate the ROTJ Vader death scene.
    Last edited by noms2000; 1st December 2020 at 01:29. Reason: spelling

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tony-GB View Post
    Very sad. Dave has been a lifelong friend and I'll miss him.

    RIP.
    Smashing photo, thanks for sharing!

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