Wednesday, 29 November 2017
'STAR WARS' AT 40: KENNY BAKER - THE SMALL WONDER!
Presumably at a UK location, circa 1978, true showman Kenny Baker and his family enjoy the attention of another STAR WARS screening, and the welcome visibility it's success will add to his profile/career in other film and TV projects. Despite early reservations about working on STAR WARS in January 1976, inside the in-development Artoo suit, the fact that Sir Alec Guinness was attached to the project ultimately convinced Baker that this strange new sci-fi film had merit. That R2-D2 became such a success goes beyond its visual design-the droid clearly comes alive onscreen and shows great personality when the instinctive Baker was operating it- something never replicated by either the three-legged remote controlled version, or any later CGI incarnation.