Darth Vader Banned from Star Wars Events

Say it ain’t so Dave Prowse! It looks like there’s trouble brewing in the Star Wars universe. Dave Prowse, the body actor behind Darth Vader in the Star Wars original series, has been informed that he can no longer step foot in any Lucas Film associated events.

From Dave Prowse’s Darth Vader site:

“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.”

“I have also been advised by the promoter of Paris Manga in September that LFL have requested no photo opportunities with the 501 Squadron, even though I am commander in chief of the 501.”

“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.”

And from his Facebook page:

“Updated Dave’s appearance schedule on his official web site. Dave is not appearing at DragonCon, Chicago ComiCon, Star Wars Fan Days, or the shows in Glasgow and Montreal. Dave has added new shows including his rescheduled trip to Turkey”

But San Francisco Gate thinks this comment from a board member over at Blastr.com is provocative.

“Scopi on Jul 10, 2010 03:05 PM When it comes to burning bridges, I assume that Lucas Film wouldn’t be very happy with story I’ve heard Prowse tell a couple times, along the lines that he thought he was doing the voice of Darth Vader and that James Earl Jones was only hired to appeal to the “black audience.” I think Prowse walked back from that a bit later on, but maybe he’s been telling accusatory versions of it again.”

Well now, let’s get on to something less dramatic. Oh look, it’s a Star Wars Gangsta Rap video.

Thanks to San Francisco Gate for the news.

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