A version of this article was originally published on December 15, 2015 when Star Wars: The Force Awakens opened up.
Yes, you read that correctly. According to an interview in The New Yorker with Anthony Daniels, the British actor who plays the iconic C-3PO in the Star Wars franchise, was supposed to have a “Bronx” accent as George Lucas had imagined he would.
As opening day for Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker is soon upon us on December 20th, we thought we’d reshare this article from two years ago when Star Wars: The Force Awakens opened up.
“C-3PO’s lines were muffled by his elaborate headgear on set. So in 1976, Daniels traveled to the U.S. for the first time to rerecord them. “I walked into the sound producer’s stage on Highland,” he remembers, “and the engineer said, ‘Huh, interesting. We spent a couple of months trying to find a voice for your part because George really hates it.’” Lucas had imagined the droid as a used-car dealer from the Bronx. “He’d never thought of him being a British butler. But he had the generosity of spirit to change his mind. Had it not been for that, I wouldn’t have been in Episode V.”
Although it clearly never came to fruition, we did get a bit close with Joan Rivers as Dot Matrix in the Mel Brooks Star Wars spoof, “Spaceballs”
Can you imagine if this had really happened? LOL
At least we now have the “Joker Stairs” to claim as our own though… 😏