There is a documentary about Prowse called I Am Your Father which talks about how he was basically blacklisted by Lucas based on negative comments he'd given in an interview. The documentary filmmaker decides to mount a remake of Vader's final scene in Return of the Jedi so that it's Prowse's face and performance instead of Sebastian Shaw's when Luke removes the mask.
It was kind of a sad watch because Prowse really hadn't moved on and it was hard to see the rest of the cast enjoy participating in things like Star Wars Celebration where he wasn't invited or welcome.
It’s also an incredibly flawed and frustrating documentary because it’s one of those films where the documentarian makes themselves part of the story. I don’t need dramatic shots of a guy going for a morning run or some random person explaining that they’ve loved Star Wars ever since they were a kid. And of course, Lucasfilm would never authorize a remake of Return of the Jedi, so despite all this hype to remount the final scene and clearly fake phone calls to the studio, they can’t actually show any of the footage in the documentary. So we only see their reactions, which is completely pointless.
Still, sad to hear this news. Condolences to his family and friends.
I remember Dave Prowse as the Green Cross Man. 'Always use the Green Cross Code, because I won't be there when you cross the road', he used to tell us kids. That was his favourite job. I also remember him as not one, but two Frankenstein Monsters for Hammer films, and the unnamed strong-man in their Vampire Circus film. He was also 'Coppin' in a very early Tomorrow People story. He was great in all those roles, and it's very sad he has joined the growing list of those we have lost during 2020. RIP.
Sorry to hear about Dave Prowse's passing. His movement and menace as Darth Vader made that villain memorable. I still think George Lucas should have let him do the voice. A Bristolian accent emananting from the terrifying mask would have been hilarious. Though it seems he was teased about his accent, which is a shame.
More seriously, he took his role as the Green Cross Code man very seriously and certainly helped me remember to take care as a Seventies child crossing the mean streets of High Wycombe.
According to the Guardian, "The Sunday Times reported in 1978 that the first two years of Prowse’s tenure helped bring about a 5% reduction in road safety accidents in the 4-11 age group."
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