Darth Vader actor banned from Comic-Con

Dave Prowse, 75, who was the body behind Darth Vader in the Star Wars movies, has been banned from Comic-Con’s Star Wars Fan Days. He explains on his official website: It is with regret that I have been informed by my friends at C2 Ventures, Ben and Phillip, that I am not to be invited to C5 this year or any other Lucas Film associated events. After enquiring, the only thing I have been told is that I have “burnt too many bridges between Lucas Film and myself” – no other reason given… Sincere apologies to all my fans who were hoping to meet with me – I shall miss you too. As you will see from my events page I will be at many conventions all over the world so we can still keep in touch.

Here’s a video that shows Prowse acting the part of Darth Vader, before James Earl Jones’ voice was dubbed in:

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  1. ugh • July 21, 2010 @ 10:34 AM

    LOL that’s too funny

  2. Sam • July 21, 2010 @ 11:07 AM

    That video, could u image if they left that voice in there.

  3. puttputt • July 21, 2010 @ 2:21 PM

    You have failed me for the lasssst timeeeee, MMMmmm Paaaahhh Mmmmmm Paarrrrrr

  4. Kevin • July 21, 2010 @ 5:09 PM

    DAMN! sounds like rick morranis from spaceballs! that is funny. does anybody know the story behind him being banned from comic-con?

  5. Ally • July 21, 2010 @ 10:48 PM

    That’s mean that he was banned, he should be able to go

  6. Ross Murray • July 22, 2010 @ 12:22 AM

    – Well, that voice certainly wouldn’t have had the same impact as JEJ, but banned from any Star Wars activities? Strange! That’s a bit like banning, say, Glenn Anderson from any Edmonton Oilers’ Stanley Cup reunions or conventions. But, like a lot of you, I don’t know the “why”.

  7. Andy • July 22, 2010 @ 3:39 PM

    LOL…good for Dave.
    Screw Lucas like he screwed us on the last 3 movies.

  8. Sandie • July 22, 2010 @ 9:18 PM

    it’s a shame that he has been banned from comic con.

    i had the pleasure of meeting Mr Prowse at a convention a few years ago. He was very friendly to everyone who approached him and more than willing to talk about his experience on the set of the first 3 star wars movies

  9. Meggie • July 23, 2010 @ 7:19 AM

    Prowse and Lucas Film have had an ongoing argument for a few years now: Prowse claims that he wasn’t paid any royalties for Return of the Jedi special edition release. But, Prowse goes on to say that his contract was for royalties of the NET profit, not the GROSS product. Lucas Film states that his claims are not accurate, so who knows. But if someone went around claiming that they weren’t being paid, I’m not surprised the employer doesn’t want them around.

  10. mister A • July 24, 2010 @ 8:37 AM

    darth vader comes from scottland! i knew it all along.

    sad to see him banned though.

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