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Monday, 18 January 2016

BEHIND THE SCENES: MONSTERS OF THE EMPIRE!

An unknown Imperial extra, Dave Prowse and Ron Beck on the Death Star corridor set. Image: Ann Skinner.

The one true inhabitor of the Darth Vader costume, Dave Prowse, is given a final check over by Wardrobe supervisor Ron Beck, before filming the now legendary deleted/The Holiday Special re-worked scene with Leslie Schofield's Chief Bast (originally scripted to have been a Stormtrooper Commander conferring with Vader), in the above continuity Polaroid taken by Script supervisor Ann Skinner for the original STAR WARS.
Miss Skinner's earliest 1976 pre-filming typed character and costume details for Darth Vader specifically list him as a ""Dark Lord of the Sith, at 7 feet tall, "Sc(ene). A3: face obscured by flowing robes and grotesque breath mask", with "LIGHTSABER", and a "Right hand to the Emperor"".

The same Imperial extra, Prowse, an unknown behind the scenes man, and Ron Beck.
Vader and Chief Bast (Leslie Schofield) in deleted scene BA53, properly revealed on the 2011 Blu-ray set.
Heavy commuter traffic in the heart of the Death Star.

With thanks to Ann Skinner and the BFI. Additional thanks to Chris Baker.

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