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Kenny Baker Interviewed

Posted By Mike on March 29, 2009



Our friend Ates from the Turkish Star Wars fan site Yildiz Savaslari, wrote to let us know of their new interview with Kenny Baker. See the excerpt below and click here for the interview which includes a cool mini-biography on the right hand side.


YS.COM: "How did you get involved with the R2-D2 role in Star Wars? What was your first impression about the role?"

K.B.: "It came about by chance, touring around with the ice show and being out and about in London with the entertainment crowd, you get to know people. A casting girl I knew told me that a young American director was looking for a small person to play a part in his film and that she could get me in to see him. I went along some time later to meet George in the West End of London. I walked into an office and George said ?perfect? straight away, I was measured and then left. A short time later they told me more about the part and asked me how I felt about doing it. At the time I?d recently formed a comedy double act with a friend that I met in the Ice Show with me, Jack Purvis, and we were doing really well, even getting spots on TV. So at first I said no to Star Wars because I didn?t want to be in a film were no one saw my face and didn?t have any clue it was me inside. Later George came back to me and said they?d made the robot to my size and explained how R2 was a great character and almost the narrator of the first film, also that they would involve my partner Jack in the film. With this I agreed but still had no idea what I was getting into."



Thanks Ates!


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