October 1, 2014 – Several days ago, Anthony Daniels tweeted wistfully that the film-shooting segments of C-3PO had just been completed.
Does this mean that C-3PO has only a small portion of the Episode VII script? Or were his shoots simply scheduled and completed earlier than the rest of Daniels’ fellow actors?
For the 68-year-old British actor (born 21 February 1946), Episode VII marks the seventh Star Wars film in which he has appeared. [TRIVIA NOTE: C-3PO and R2-D2 are the only two characters to appear in all seven Star Wars films. In addition, C-3PO and R2-D2 (played by Kenny Baker) are the only characters to be portrayed by the same actor in all seven films.]
Over the decades, Daniels has also lent his voice to various electronic games and animated series. For the first Star Wars film (1977), George Lucas’ original intent had been to dub over Daniels’ voice with a used-car-salesman type of voice. But the British-born actor’s personality and speech rhythms had so imbued C-3PO’s character that Lucas decided to leave his speaking part as is in the final product.
Principal shooting is expected to be finished by the end of the year, to be followed by many months of post-production work. Episode VII premieres 18 December 2015.