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Anthony Daniels, the man behind C-3PO

The Star Wars actor who's played C-3PO for 42 years told Brut about his experience on set — and his lack of fame compared to his co-stars.

In Star Wars, Anthony Daniels has been wearing the C3PO costume for 43 years

Very attached to his character, the actor however did not experience the success of the film in the same way as his colleagues … He tells Brut.

Seduced by the script and the character of C3PO, Anthony Daniels accepted this role very different from anything he has ever played. In 1976, he put on the costume of the legendary character for the first time. "It took over 2 hours to get dressed and it was horrible because the costume was not fitting", remembers the actor. Indeed, it was the first time that this kind of costume was made, so there was no time to have it redone or repaired. When filming in the desert, when C3PO explains to Uncle Owen that he is fluent in six million forms of communication, under the suit, Anthony Daniels suffered martyrdom, "the suit was broken, my foot was getting overwrite", he says. However, as the new episodes arrived, the shooting conditions changed, and the costume evolved well. Printed in 3D, now the mask is removed in two seconds, "I can wipe my face and breathe", rejoices Anthony Daniels.

C3PO has been my alter ego, my friend, my companion for three trilogies now

As nobody expected, the success of Star Wars was planetary from the first episode. However, no one knew that Anthony Daniels was in the suit: “It was a difficult time because I saw the film all over the world and there were Carrie and Mark and Harrison, very well known, and I was sitting at home saying to myself: "I was there too. I would have liked to have been mentioned."

But, with the series of episodes, the public finally wanted to know who is hiding under the costume of C3PO. Anthony Daniels says he is very grateful to the fans who made the first Star Wars known. The fan base appeared quickly and kept growing, making the film go viral. For Anthony Daniels, it is clear: "If there had been no fans, there would have been only the first Star Wars."

Brut.

12/19/2019 11:19 AMupdated: 12/19/2019 1:50 PM

363 comments

  • David E.
    3 days

    Beautiful

  • Paul C.
    09/13/2020 08:36

    Can tell his one of them ppl who just walks up to randoms and starts telling them his the man who plays c3po 😂😂 waving a pitcher of himself with the cast...

  • Jasper B.
    09/06/2020 08:49

    https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=xz-y3SJyEVA

  • Hoo F.
    09/05/2020 08:35

    He is so lovable, just as C3PO !

  • Richard W.
    09/04/2020 13:41

    Thanks Mr Daniels for all your years as C3PO I too remember going with my dad and seeing you for the first time in Star wars all those years ago after he had taken me out of School to go to the (Dentist ) 😆 it was and still is a great memory for me of a great father son day especially as my dad is no longer with us so seeing you in an out of character brings back great memories.Thank you.

  • Ryan G.
    08/29/2020 09:07

    Brilliant actor player 3PO well

  • Lestat H.
    08/23/2020 05:49

    You sir are what we call legend

  • Mark O.
    08/17/2020 13:26

    Лучшие сери звездных воин 4-5-6 на этом звездные войны закончились. Остальные все серии полная дрянь.

  • Elliot F.
    08/15/2020 07:20

    Horrible man...and 'a serious actor'? What else has he done other than Star Wars.

  • Ed F.
    08/10/2020 03:56

    Wow.. A very down to earth actor who appreciates his audience n fans while some others forgets..

  • Kevin G.
    08/09/2020 19:12

    Hello Anthony Daniels my name is kev storm trooper ok I want to ask you please could I have your signed autograph of you and C3po please keV

  • Colin R.
    08/09/2020 17:36

    I have 2 Star Wars posters signed by Anthony Daniels tucked away. I wonder if they are worth anything 🤔

  • Guy N.
    08/05/2020 08:19

    Shame, did not work with Kenny R2D2 for appearances could have made a Living for Kenny as well

  • Brad L.
    08/04/2020 16:39

    Your awesome to every starwars fan i can guarantee that sir 👍

  • Paul R.
    08/04/2020 06:32

    Thank you sir for all the year that you're part of this Star War Trilogy....I enjoy it..!

  • Marshall S.
    08/03/2020 00:17

    something I found that I think u might appreciate

  • Mary T.
    07/30/2020 07:21

    Just so you know. I knew you were in there, Anthony Daniels. I read everything available to read about Star Wars. I knew the human being that existed in that suit.

  • Gary H.
    07/29/2020 21:30

    Amazing actor.

  • Heidi L.
    07/29/2020 16:42

    I always wanted to Mr Daniels. C3PO was brilliantly acted. You knew the character. He was three dimensional. That is almost impossible to do inside a complete costume like that. With the face unmoving. The body language, with in restraints, and his voice did it all. Lucas should be ashamed of himself.

  • Morag S.
    07/28/2020 23:06

    You brought a lot of joy to all fans ❤

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