At this point, finding someone who actually did like the Star Wars prequel trilogy that George Lucas made in the early aughts might be bigger news that pointing out who didn’t, but when Darth Vader himself weighs in on the subject, we feel compelled to hear the guy out (and thus avoiding certain death by force choke).
British actor Dave Prowse donned Vader’s black helmet for the original three episodes (though the Empire’s most powerful villain was of course voiced by James Earl Jones). Despite having his lines dubbed over by Jones, the actor still has something to say on the subject of Star Wars, specifically about the three movies he wasn’t in.
“I didn’t like Star Wars I, II and III at all,” Prowse recently told a UK paper. “I think the common opinion now is they were really bad movies. There’s no comparison with the original movies,” added the actor. “They had a much more believable story.”
I’m not certain how believable any of George Lucas’ six-episode space opera is, but I’ve definitely never heard of anyone preferring the prequels to the much-loved originals. Still, Prowse is holding out hope that Disney’s new episodes, the first of which is scheduled to hit theatres in 2015, will be better. In fact, he’s got a message for J.J. Abrams: the actor would like to make it known that he’s available if Abrams would like to cast him as Darth Vader’s force ghost (or anything else, really).
“Unfortunately, Darth Vader was killed off,” says the actor. “But it would be nice to come back and do another character, because no one’s ever seen my face. I was never unmasked.” Aw, just put the guy in a Stormtrooper suit already.