Everything You Need To Know About Anthony Daniels & C-3PO

Anthony Daniels is an English actor and mime artist, who is undoubtedly best known for playing C-3PO in 10 Star Wars movies. Here are some facts about C-3PO and the actor who gets inside the golden suit.

  • Anthony Daniels was born on the 21st of February, 1946, in Salisbury, Wiltshire, England
  • Daniels has played C-3PO in ten of the Star Wars feature movies, starting with the original installment in the series.
  • When George Lucas was conceiving the idea of C-3PO, the character's original name was going to be C3.
  • On the day before Daniels was due to film his first scene for A New Hope, he tried the C-3PO costume on for the first time. He shattered one of the legs and it proceeded to stab him every time he walked in it.
  • During the filming of A New Hope, Daniels couldn't sit down in the C-3PO suit. He had to lean on a board while standing up in order to relax. Subsequent movies have allowed him to take a seat in the suits.
  • C-3PO's voice was originally supposed to be gruffer, with an American accent, and reminiscent of a used car salesman. George Lucas was eventually won over by Daniels' voice and the rest is history.
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Image Courtesy of Lucasfilm
  • C-3PO's right leg is actually silver from the knee down.
  • In Return of the Jedi, during the filming of a scene in which a rat-like character named Salacious Crumb attacks 3PO’s eye and removes it, Anthony Daniels had a panic attack.
  • In the Star Wars prequel trilogy, C-3PO is a different color from the gold fans were previously familiar with. However, the C-3PO we see in the prequels is an old suit prop from the original trilogy painted in a different color. No wonder he looks so similar.
  • In The Phantom Menace, C-3PO is actually a puppet. The sparsity and exposed wires of the suit meant a human couldn't be hidden under it. Daniels, therefore, simply provided the character's voice.
  • In Episode III: Revenge of the Sith, he also performed the vocal tracks for scenes that featured a computer-generated C-3PO.
  • Daniels also took part in the Star Wars spin-offs Droids and The Clone Wars (movie and show).
  • Daniels has reprised the role for cameos on The Muppet Show and Sesame Street (where he befriended Big Bird) and most recently a quick part in Legoman.
  • Anthony Daniels did a cameo in Attack of the Clones – check him out in the bar scene where the assassin is caught.
  • Anthony is the only actor to feature in ten Star Wars movies.
  • George Lucas took a lot of his inspiration for Star Wars from a film called The Hidden Fortress (amongst other things). It featured a pair of bickering sidekicks who served as comic relief and crucially managed to help keep the plot ticking along. Lucas adopted this concept and applied it to the C-3PO and R2-D2. The two loosely serve to tell the tale of Star Wars from their viewpoint and naturally make a few saves along the way.
  • Robby the Robot from The Forbidden Planet movie also inspired Lucas, especially the fact that Robby was a protocol droid.
  • Here are three choice quotes from the Golden God:
    • “I suggest a new strategy, Artoo: let the Wookie win.”
    • “Excuse me sir, but that R2-D2 is in prime condition, a real bargain”
    • “Sir, it's very possible this asteroid is not stable”
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  • Famed artist Ralph McQuarrie designed C-3PO by taking inspiration from the robot Maschinenmensch that was featured in Metropolis.
  • As C-3PO, he has the first line in A New Hope (“Did you hear that? They've shut down the main reactor”) and the last line in the Revenge of the Sith (“Oh no!”), neatly tying the two trilogies together.
  • In Revenge of the Sith, all filmed shots of C-3PO had the green screen set reflecting in his shiny gold armor, so digital effects artists in post-production had to digitally redo C-3PO's armor frame by frame to remove any traces of the green reflection.
  • C-3PO is proficient in Bocce. Ha!
  • Although they're two of the most prominent characters in the franchise – and despite Vader creating C-3PO when he was Anakin Skywalker – C-3PO and Darth Vader only share one scene. It comes near the end of The Empire Strikes Back, when Han Solo is frozen in carbonite. They don't exchange any dialogue.
  • C-3PO is an excellent pilot. The live-action movies don't really showcase this fact, but Star Wars Extended Universe media does so quite prominently.
  • Daniels was the voice of Legolas in Ralph Bakshi's 1978 animated adaptation of The Lord of the Rings.

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