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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
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352 comments

  • Guy N.
    5 days

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

  • Brad L.
    6 days

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

  • Paul R.
    6 days

    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 ❤

  • Wenceslao A.
    07/28/2020 15:05

    Stars Wars the best movies 👍❤

  • Daniel H.
    07/26/2020 08:14

    No it can't be. He can never be famous for his role as c3po because while he may have done a great job it is c3po the ROBOT who is famous. He made that thing come to life and what can you do? C3po is the face that got famous and his face did not. This is an absurd situation but it makes sense. He just cannot really be acknowledged! Hah what a ridiculous situation for him oh well he did get paid.

  • Nancy N.
    07/25/2020 15:50

    He is my favourite in Star Wars 😊

  • Edgar P.
    07/25/2020 09:36

    Thanks C3PO

  • Collin K.
    07/25/2020 09:20

    He looks like Sheldons dad

  • Lauralee R.
    07/24/2020 22:43

    Thank you Mr Daniels your the reason I love Starwars. I still have my toy of you. Now my great grandchildren admire it now. Your a legion. I always look up in the galaxy far far away for your voice.

  • Joe G.
    07/21/2020 20:36

    That character that robot that you portrayed change my life for the better was one of the coolest and most amazing parts of my life to this day thank you :-)

  • Andrew B.
    07/21/2020 12:49

    I was born in 76!

  • Robin D.
    07/20/2020 12:27

    Haha. Pretending that he’s a serious and professional actor, literally anyone could have been C3PO. A monkey could have done it.

  • Yaseen S.
    07/18/2020 13:15

    must watch..

  • Martin A.
    07/18/2020 12:43

    This is why you are a true acting legend, and probably why George Lucas respected you enough to keep you in all the movies. I only hope you have had your fair share of the money that you truly deserve. C3PO is you...and you are C3PO. One of my favourite characters in Star wars....And over looked in my eyes. We have to remember it was a young Darth Vader that built C3PO, and programmed him. Maybe there is a dark side to C3PO....

  • Jesse L.
    07/18/2020 05:01

    He's starting too look like palpatine