A huge wave of excitement has already hit fans of the "Star Wars" franchise for the theatrical release of "Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens" and nearly everyone has been talking about it, especially due to the huge marketing stunts Disney pulled. Even the original cast is excited for the new film, that is, except for the original Darth Vader actor, David Prowse.
He is not just in character as the iconic villain, Prowse really does not want to bother himself about the "Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens," not even when the new trailer came out and a scene with Kylo Ren promising Darth Vader's helmet that he will continue what Vader started was shown. Apparently, the real Darth Vader doesn't care about what Kylo Ren will do.
"It depends if I'm playing the part of Darth Vader in it ... Yes - then I'd be very interested. But if they're putting somebody else in Darth Vader's mask then I'm not the slightest bit interested," Prowse said in an interview.
It's not really a surprise that Prowse is not interested in the new film since "Star Wars" creator George Lucas and he have not been on good terms. In 2010, Prowse learned that Lucas had him banned from all "Star Wars" conventions that LucasFilm sanctioned, however, the 80-year old actor claims that he does not know the root of Lucas' resentment towards him.
"In some stage of my life, I've obviously upset him, but I really don't know what it was all about," Prowse said in an interview back in 2012. He speculates that what provoked Lucas was an interview he did that was included in the film "The People vs. George Lucas," but he defended himself saying he doesn't recall saying anything untoward about the director or his films.
He also feels resentment towards Lucas for the ban, especially in Disney Star Weekends, which he loved to do with kids. "The only thing I've been told is I've burnt too many bridges between Lucasfilm and myself," he explained.
Still, even if Prowse is known for his role as the iconic villain, everyone knows that his voice was dubbed by James Earl Jones in the final version of the film. However, on Oct. 1, Prowse uploaded a voice documentary on his YouTube account where we all finally hear how Darth Vader would have sounded if Lucas decided to keep his voice. You can watch it below.
"Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens" will awaken the force in theaters on Dec. 17.