Darth Vader Banned from Star Wars Cons!

This is really outrageous. David Prowse has been banned from Star Wars events. This is the actor who played Darth Vader in the costume (he did not do the speaking that was dubbed in by James Earl Jones). The former body builder who was also in movies like A Clockwork Orange is now 76 and crippled with arthritis. Here is where it gets infuriating.

“It is with regret that I have been informed by my friends at C2 Ventures, Ben and Phillip, that I am not to be invited to C5 this year or any other Lucas Film associated events. After enquiring, the only thing I have been told is that I have ‘burnt too many bridges between Lucas Film and myself’ – no other reason given…I have also been advised by the promoter of Paris Manga in September that LFL (Lucas Film Limited) have requested no photo opportunities with the 501 Squadron, even though I am commander in chief of the 501”

It’s possible this stems from complaints he made to Slashfilm last year that he isn’t getting any residual checks because, according to LucasFilms, the films “never made a profit.”

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  1. First rule of Hollywood —

    Every counter-culture figure that makes it big in Showbiz becomes THE (Backstabbing) Establishment!

    Exhibit A =>

    George Lucas!

    Lucas says he never wanted to become the typical business mogul.

    He's become what he claimed he never set out to be… AND he's disappointed more than a few people with his rewriting of history and less-than-ethical business turns.

    The Prowse affair is the latest in a string of PR disasters stretching for over 13 years now…

    Note that 1997 is the beginning of the end of the big love affair between the first generation of Star Wars fans (the people who saw the ORIGINAL versions of the CLASSIC/Good Star Wars Trilogy in theaters when they were brand-new) and LucasFilm.

    Granted, one could say the ban on Prowse was the end result of years of badmouthing George Lucas — but the fact that LFL has the balls to say the films made no profit —!

    Who the hell are these people kidding?????!?!?!?!?!?

  2. The ability of a retired actor to collect some nice residuals and extra convention income is insignificant next to the power of attorneys employed by an entertainment company!

    George Lucas => The REAL Emperor
    His Lawyers => Stormtroopers

    The first generation of Star Wars => Rebels who just won't shut up and toe the (LucasFilm) company line

  3. First rule of Hollywood: “Never believe it when the accounting department says a film classic never made any money… especially when the toys sold out everywhere 30 years ago!”

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