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Star Wars: Confessions of the Brit who plays C-3PO

Anthony Daniels (Pic: SM)
He starred in one of the biggest films of all time. But few fans have ever seen his face.
For actor Anthony Daniels is C-3PO, the shiny android whose clipped lines open and close the six-film epic Star Wars.
"People recognise me now," says Anthony, now 65. "But in the beginning I was actually signed to secrecy. The studio wanted people to believe C-3PO was a real robot."
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Anthony was barely 30 when he was cast alongside the then littleknown Carrie Fisher and Harrison Ford in what they thought would be a small, forgettable sci-fi film.
"I hated sci-fi," he says. "I thought Star Wars was ridiculous when I first saw the script. A princess without a kingdom, a couple of blokes, a couple of robots and a big hairy thing?
"Filming was painful. It was the hottest summer in England. Under my robot outfit, it was so hot I wore just a leotard.
"Harrison was just a jobbing actor back then. We really didn't know where it would take us. But I grew to love it. George Lucas was a genius - smarter than Shakespeare."
C-3PO appeared in every film, including the three prequels made 16 years after the release of the original trilogy. Anthony, who lives in London, speaks the first and last lines: "Did you hear that?" in 1977 and "Oh, no" in 2005.
The career-defining role has made him a fortune. But he was very nearly replaced after director George Lucas disagreed with the way he played the camp robot.
"I made a hash of my early scenes," he says. "I couldn't even say one of my first lines."
Anthony holds happy memories of filming, and says he loved working with Ewan McGregor in particular.
"I remember our first scene together. Ewan told me: 'I can't believe it, I'm in a scene with C-3PO'."
But he famously had a long-running feud with fellow actor Kenny Baker - who played C-3PO's sidekick R2-D2. "I never saw him," he says. "I mean, R2-D2 doesn't even speak. He might as well be a bucket."
When filming finished Anthony made sure he kept hold of the famous C-3PO helmet. "It's priceless," he says. "It must be worth thousands. Not that I'd ever sell it".

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