[Note: Read Part 1 of the interview here.]
AD: That's absolutely true, and it has nothing to do with me. I have noticed that. One of the reasons is because C-3PO is so iconic. I think Luke suffers from being the "blond hero" but the hairstyle faded and the other characters around him became much more interesting and weird. I always told Mark Hamill not to act around me in a scene because all I would have to do is move my shoulders a bit or turn my head and totally steal the eye line from the audience. We used to laugh about that. I believe Mark had a really tough job in having to act against a backdrop of robots, Wookies, and giant slugs. But he did a very good job.
AD: At the moment we are about to start a new series of animatedClone Wars
episodes. It's hugely popular, because the animation is so good and attractive. I like it because I don't have to dress up. I just walk down there casually and do the voice. There's nothing casual C-3PO's voice though, and he's a very tense character. He tends to create a vocal restriction.RO: Does a day go by that someone doesn't throw a Star Wars reference at you?
AD: Well, I live in the outback of France and tend a very large garden. If you asked me what my greatest achievement was, last year I built a huge two cubic meter compost bin back there. The ground is horrible, but I constructed two huge wooden boxes and I feel really good about it! I did it and I'm actually quite handy around the house. I feel good about making beautiful compost out of rubbish. It's weird the little things that gives you pleasure, like amusing a child with the voice. But that's my private life and I don't talk about that much. I have noticed wherever I go in the world, and it doesn't matter whether it's Japan or the East, there will be a reference in photograph, sound, or music toStar Wars
. I think it is only in the outback of France where it doesn't happen. Although my plumber found out what I do for a job, we begged him not to tell anybody, and so he got a photograph with me.RO: Your character ties the films together so well...
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AD: That was George's original idea I think, to make C-3PO the common man, the thread. It fit rather nicely. In fact on each occasion when I have made my first appearance on the set I was always did it in costume. George would say very stately, "Star Wars has arrived." What's funny about these concerts is that inReturn Of The Jedi
, C-3PO says "I'm not very good at telling stories" and then he tells all these Ewoks stories. Now he's coming to a huge arena in Houston to tell the second greatest story of all time. There's a kind of irony there. As you know, I didn't want to be in the films in the first place, and now I'm the only one who has worked on all six films.Star Wars In Concert comes to Toyota Center, 1510 Polk, 6 p.m. Sunday, October 25. Memorabilia exhibit opens at 4:30 p.m. For tickets call 866-446-8849 or see www.toyotacentertix.com.