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Anakin did get both his legs amputated after overestimating his power and trying something he really shouldn't have, so direct height comparisons between the actors are a bit moot. The Emperor could make Darth Vader as tall or as short (Dark Helmet canonical when, Disney?) as he wanted, because his legs were mechanical.

That does make me wonder how many actors they could have picked to play Anakin that would match Prowse height wise. Not many, I'd think.

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The downside of doing your first (casting) job too well? 😛

 

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I'm pretty sure the height difference is from the retractable roller skates in Darth Vader's boots:

Not sure if an obituary thread is appropirate for the funny, but anyway...

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We are being born at the sound of ends, and yes we still believe in beauty
It used to be the pride of Man, now a flame put out by the cold in his hand

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10 hours ago, Gorth said:

It always felt a bit a odd that he would cast Christian Hayden as Anakin.
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Hayden would stare at Prowse's chest if they were put next to each other.

Isn't Natalie Portman like, 5 foot three or something like that?

Maybe any taller than 6 foot male lead would make it too difficult/PITA to get her and him in easy scene-framing and shoulder-resting/kissin' distance.  They probably had her standing on a box occasionally (or at least platform heels out-of-frame) as it was.  :-

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It also probably worked in part because they wanted to cast someone who could be both the teenage version and the young twenty-something Anakin.

I seem to recall Hayden mentioning that when they did the final scene with him actually being dressed as Vader, his boots did have lifts in them.. ;)

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17 hours ago, LadyCrimson said:

Anyway ... RIP to the man behind the mask.

Sebastian Shaw? 😛 

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12 minutes ago, Amentep said:

Died in 1994, at the age of 89.

Well RIP still applies.

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Hugh Keays-Byrne.

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Civilization, in fact, grows more and more maudlin and hysterical; especially under democracy it tends to degenerate into a mere combat of crazes; the whole aim of practical politics is to keep the populace alarmed (and hence clamorous to be led to safety) by menacing it with an endless series of hobgoblins, most of them imaginary. - H.L. Mencken

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Chuck Yeager

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6 hours ago, Raithe said:

Well that was a shock, for a moment there I thought Lucifer has died. :(

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We are being born at the sound of ends, and yes we still believe in beauty
It used to be the pride of Man, now a flame put out by the cold in his hand

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13 hours ago, Amentep said:

Artist Richard Corben. Possibly best known in pop culture for DEN which was adapted into one of the segments for the HEAVY METAL movie.

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anne reinking.

 

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On 12/13/2020 at 11:10 PM, Amentep said:

I'll always remember an anecdote Hugh Laurie told a few years ago.

He was invited to John le Carre's birthday celebration at a fancy restaurant in London. During the meal, one of the waiters pulled him aside to make a request... Apparently the restaurant had a tradition of surprising any birthday celebrations with a cake, and since they knew Hugh was a piano player, they asked if he wanted to play "Happy Birthday" when it was about to come out.

Of course, they didn't actually tell anyone there that part of the trick was that shortly after the music started they'd switch the lights out briefly as the cake with candles emerged from the kitchens.

What had slipped the restaurants mind, was that a large portion of the guests attending happened to be senior members of assorted Embassies - French, German, USA, even Russian (*cough* Intelligence Agencies *cough*) and all their bodyguards. Armed bodyguards.

Hugh starts playing. He can see the door to the kitchen open, the cake appears, the lights go off...

Lots of startled sounds. When the lights switch back on, a portion of the guests are under the tables and another portion are standing there with pistols in hand and some rather surprised waitstaff are holding a trolley with the cake.

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Jeremy Bulloch, actor for Boba Fett

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