'Star Wars': Men Behind the Masks
Star Wars Men Behind the Mask
Anthony Daniels – C-3PO
A longtime veteran of the stage, Anthony Daniels's mime skills caused Lucas to request a meeting to discuss C-3PO. Daniels declined, as sci-fi wasn't exactly his thing. With some encouragement from his agent, Daniels read "The Adventures of Luke Starkiller." After landing the role, he was covered in body plaster to form the shape of his costume--an "extremely unlovely experience," recalled Daniels, who gave his performance without comment any direction from Lucas. In postproduction, Lucas tried to overdub Daniels's lines, but failed to find the right voice and finally asked Daniels to redub his own. Despite his difficulties working with Lucas and the studio's reluctance to reveal that there was actually a man inside the robot, Daniels signed on for the rest of the films--and remains a golden deity because of it.