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How was C3PO operated?

Discussion in 'Puppet News' started by Splurge, May 18, 2002.

  1. Splurge

    Splurge Member

    My friend thinks that in the Star Wars trilogy C3PO is operated with the actor inside the droid's suit, yet I was under the impression that C3P0 is being operated remotely off camera, while an actor wears wires or something, and when he moves the droid moves.

    Which one of us is right? Even if it's both, or neither, let me know!
  2. scarecroe

    scarecroe Active Member

    You're both right actually. In the original trilogy and Episode II, Anthony Daniels is inside the costume. In Episode I, because he's still naked and see-through and whatnot, he was operated by puppeteers (Daniels part-time, and others) in a green suit in front of a green screen. Much the way the Muppeteers used to do their black screen stuff. But they use computers to mask everything out now.
  3. Splurge

    Splurge Member

    I see. Thank you. Anthony Daniels must be very, very thin to fit into that costume. So thin, in fact, it's why I thought C3PO was being operated while Daniels was off camera.
  4. scarecroe

    scarecroe Active Member

    Yeah, that's why he was chosen for the job in the first place all those years ago. He's made comments in his Star Wars Insider columns over the years about having to squeeze into it again after gaining a little weight in the waist, etc. It's a good thing he's stayed somewhat fit!
  5. Beauregard

    Beauregard Well-Known Member

    Yeah but the person who does R2D2 must be very, very. short to fit in that coustum.
  6. Drtooth

    Drtooth Well-Known Member

    Uh... The person who is inside r2d2 is very short!
  7. fluffmuppet

    fluffmuppet Member

    Unless its an animatronic??? Maybe it's Mini-me??
    Sorry, just adding my brainless 2 cents. lol!

    ~fluff~
  8. scarecroe

    scarecroe Active Member

    Actually, the man's name is Kenny Baker.
  9. Drtooth

    Drtooth Well-Known Member

    I think Kenny Baker was in Timebandits, but I'm not sure. If you seen it, these short guys steal the map of the universe or something like that. I caught a bit of it on TV a few weekends ago!

    As for Vern Troyer (mini-me) I think he played a dog in a McDonaldland video. I remember reading how the suit was hot and the head was too big.


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