'Star Wars': Men Behind the Masks
Star Wars Men Behind the Mask
Kenny Baker – R2-D2
Before becoming the toughest droid in the galaxy, the 3-foot-8 Kenny Baker was performing in a traveling comedy act called "The Mini Tones" with Jack Purvis (who would also find “Star Wars” work, as both a Jawa and an Ewok). On the set, Baker was lowered onto a seat inside his costume. Once inside, he manipulated two levers to move sideways--but only three inches at a time. When "George Lucas directs me, usually he just says 'look this way' or 'look that way,' 'look excited,' 'wobble slowly,' 'wobble quickly,' that kind of thing,"
said Baker. Aside from appearing in all six episodes of "Star Wars," Baker has enjoyed a fruitful career on stage and screen, appearing in dozens of films such as "Flash Gordon" (1980), "Time Bandits" (1981), and "Amadeus" (1984).