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inspired by What has been Alec Guinness's attitude toward Star Wars?...

I've heard claims here and there about Kenny Baker's attitude toward the Star Wars franchise, with some claiming that he hates it or used to hate it, etc.

Did he like Star Wars and then grew to dislike it? Or vice versa? If he ever did dislike Star Wars, then why? etc.

Basically, what has been Kenny Baker's attitude(s) towards Star Wars?

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    “Not again! The line must be drawn here!” No disrespect, but given how many people in the Star Wars universe have differing opinions on the whole series despite starring in the films—also they often changed their minds on the issue over the years as well—these threads should stop. Unless someone wants to create a canonical Wiki of “Who loved/hated working on Star Wars films thread.” Which I think would be a good idea. – JakeGould Dec 25 '15 at 4:51
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    @JakeGould Just FYI, I didn't ask this question (but I definitely inspired it). I did crack up when I saw it though, lol. :) – RedCaio Dec 25 '15 at 5:49
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TL;DR: He didn't love it - it was just a job. A difficult one too.

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From a post on StarWarsInterviews:

INTERVIEWER: What do you regard as the highlight of your Star Wars career? Maybe a special moment or scene?

BAKER: There weren’t any highlights; I was just there, in the droid. I was mainly in the end scenes of every movie. I can’t remember any highs or lows, it was just a job.

INTERVIEWER: Still, it made you famous!

BAKER: I’m not saying I didn’t enjoy it; it was just a job at that time. It wasn’t a real acting job.

And later:

INTERVIEWER: Was it still comfortable for you?

BAKER: No! Although it was better than in the beginning it is still definitely not comfortable. But then again, I got used to it.

INTERVIEWER: …And you still enjoy being R2…

BAKER: Well, it wasn’t enjoyable because I couldn’t react to the dialogue and everything that was happening around me, so it wasn’t that easy.

INTERVIEWER: Most scenes you have done were with Anthony Daniels (C-3PO). How was it to work with him?

BAKER: We were both in our droids; there was no interconnection at all. We couldn’t hear or see each other. George (Lucas) used to shout “look left, look right” and wanted me to project emotions like happiness and sadness. It wasn’t very easy, which also applies to C-3PO. He had to record his dialogue later on which had to match his movements. He had way more movement because he had arms and legs. I didn’t have that, so it was very hard to communicate. He came in an hour before me to get in the costume, while I just needed 5 minutes to get into R2. When we were done, they took the lid off and I am out! He needed another hour to get rid of the costume. So, we never met a lot.


Bonus: While Baker seemed to be relatively OK with Star Wars, he didn't get along well with C-3PO actor Anthony Daniels.

From an article on Daily Mail:

R2-D2 star Kenny Baker, 83, once branded C-3PO, or Anthony Daniels as he's otherwise known, 'the rudest man I’ve ever met'.

This article from Telegraph goes on to describe the tension between Baker and Daniels.

Main points:

  • It was the rudest thing anyone had ever done to me

  • It was very hard to communicate [with Daniels]

  • If he comes [to an interview], I won’t be there

  • He looked down his nose at me

  • I don’t hate Daniels…I just don’t like him

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