Talking Star Wars with the Voice of C-3PO


This afternoon, Entertainment Weekly posted a rather lengthy interview with movie star Anthony Daniels. The British actor is well known for portraying the beloved protocol droid C-3PO in six Star Wars films.

Daniels has been confirmed to reprise the role of the fussy gold robot once more, in the highly anticipated Star Wars: Episode VII. In the EW interview with James Hibberd, the actor talks fondly of his role in past films, as well as the upcoming animated series Star Wars Rebels.

To read the entire interview, visit Entertainment Weekly.

We’ve included a few excerpts for you here, Dork Siders!

When asked about his favorite line of dialogue from Threepio‘s illustrious career, Daniels replied:

"“My favorite line is — interesting you ask least favorite — my favorite line is, “We’re doomed.” It’s a phrase that encapsulates his whole philosophy. It’s his life. He always feels on the edge of disaster. That’s where the humor comes from because he is a humorous character, but mostly it comes by default. He doesn’t tell jokes. He’s just wrong about everything most of the time and lives on this precipice of fear, which gives a sort of tension.”"

On whether or not he’ll be donning a golden robot suit for Episode VII, or simply providing his voice, Daniels said:

"“I will tell you that when J.J. Abrams rang me to ask about filming Episode VII, one of the first things he said after he told me how wonderful I was — and that didn’t take long — but he then said, “Would you be interested in being in the film just doing the voice?” I said, “No,” and he said, “Right!” He knew I’d say that. There’s no way I would just do the voice. I also said that it can’t be the same suit. I will tell you that the team then got together and built a new suit.”"

Daniels spoke about the future of Star Wars without George Lucas:

"“He’ll always be the inspiration. The first film was incredible success. Then the the second was a phenomena too. You come to the third film that had Ewoks in it. Anyway! Moving on! People began having ownership of these films. Everyone is a critic, etc. Then time moves on and we come to the prequels. I’m ignoring the special edition, the 3-D special edition, the special edition box set, the whatever. But then you move on to the prequels and people became quite critical. Often they were the people who were there the first time around. They weren’t the 10-year-olds. What I’m coming to say is that none of this would have happened without George. None of it.”"

Finally, Daniels spoke briefly about his work on Star Wars Rebels and Star Wars: Episode VII:

"“We’re all back. And it’s great, actually, that Rebels is set before Episode IV because that film is quintessential basic, “This is Star Wars.” And you know George always used to say every time I arrived on set, I would always arrive for the first time back on set in costume, and during the prequels George would say when I arrived on set that “Star Wars has arrived” — because I was the old fashioned link. Rebels is is an old fashion link to the old fashion film, which which we all loved. And you will love Episode VII — I have electrodes strapped to my head to zap me if I say anything more about it.”"

You’ll want to make sure and read the entire interview, here.

For a glimpse at C-3PO in the new series Star Wars Rebels, watch this new clip, titled Droids:

You can’t have Star Wars without C-3PO. We’re thrilled that the prissy droid will be joining in on the fun with the crew of the Ghost in Rebels, also!

What are you favorite Threepio moments, Dork Siders? Leave us a comment below!