Most people think they get lucky if they get un dressed! -AD
Soon all will be revealed. Or Not. And many people don’t see eye to eye with Vader. And not just because he’s tall. -AD
We are “calling it a forgery” because it is. But I suppose your question is mine too. Why are you “the last one to know,” that it is a forgery? Because, if you take your role as seriously as you suggest, then shouldn’t you be the first to know? I’m not happy that you feel it’s unfair to advertise your sale of a fake without us going through the further effort and time to contact you and argue the point, possibly with nothing but a useless rebuttal. It takes enough time and resources to police the scams in the first place, even with the help of so many concerned fans. Might you, as a regular dealer, owe an obligation of due diligence to your clients who trust you on the good provenance of your sales? As for poking fun and smart remarks, perhaps bearing the sword of truth, you imply from membership of an association, is putting yourself on a pedestal at which snowballs might legitimately be aimed.
Your honest confession of your own 100% fault proves the worthlessness of such membership, at least as far as authentication standards go. I’m just showing my caring for innocent fans who might otherwise be duped by unscrupulous dealers, of which there seem to be so many. Look at the wide range of penmanship on the Darkside. It smears the whole fun of collecting as a hobby.
But I do believe that you are not someone who would deliberately cheat; though perhaps the sin of omission, in not checking the facts, is a sin of commission in thus perpetuating a lie. That said, I hope sincerely you wont be offended in keeping your name on the site, with a suitable – non smart – comment, to warn others who, like yourself, might be taken in by the cheats? Perhaps you could even join the team and expose the real wrongdoers. In which case, I would like to believe we could indeed go forward as “old friends.” -AD
I wrote the Wonder Column long time ago when the Insider was edited by the mighty Dan Madsen who has since gone from the moon of ewoks to deal with the world of orcs. (I’m not sure about either species myself.) Now the excellent www.starwars.com, edited by the brilliant and inventive Paul Ens, assisted by the equally astounding Pablo Hidalgo, is the place to find what most fans are looking for. Of course you can still read the back issues of the WC in the Writings pages of this site. Read and marvel. -AD
The rather good thing about writing something down is that it endures on its own. If I had to read my recollections aloud every time a fan tuned to the website I’d be as mad as a Rancor’s lunch box. As for the voice. A machine is a machine but as they get older and worn (rather like humans) the make different noises. Some of course are beyond discussion (you must ask Ja-Ja about those kinds) but others make sense, as bones or gears or vocal chords or sound emitting diaphragms get dried up and worn out. I decide that the young Threepio might legitimately sound a little brighter in pitch. We already know how he sounds in later years. And what’s this “your aging” thing? Just you watch your language! -AD
Does size still matter after the Princess’s cutting remark to the tousle-haired blond all those years ago? I am an honorary member of various platoons of the 501st and no one worries about my shape. But getting into my costume is something else. I think it’s in seventeen pieces but I can’t remember if I’m including myself. I shall check next time I have the pleasure, which looks like early 2005. Will it be the last? Anyway. Why would you ever consider going anywhere dressed as a protocol droid? Not the easiest costume to wear to a party and anyway (again) you’d need to ask Don Bies to go along to help. I always do. -AD
I am pleased and honoured by your support. Thank you. Is your friend Ibsen a Star Wars fan too? -AD
Perhaps the people you should really admire are the webdoc’s director, Tippy Buskin and her editor, Duncan Sinclair. They wove my words into a piece that seems to have touched the hearts of so many fans. Thank you for your thanks and thanks to all the others who thanked me. ( This is beginning to sound like an Oscar speech so I wont thank anyone else today.) But I am fond of Threepio. And I will treasure your last comment. Thank you. Damn! I said I wouldn’t do that! -AD
As you may have gathered from all the fluff that is surrounding Episode III, Threepio is, for the first time, completely gold from knee to foot. I believe this is in honour of the expensive carpets in Miss Padme’s bedroom and the rather elegant designs of her more public areas. I hope that remark isn’t open to misinterpretation. And now I come to think about it, in Ep II, her bedroom had the privacy of Penn Bus Station. Oh well. Actually, Threepio was always slightly embarrassed not to be perfectly formed so it’s a topic of conversation best not attempted. Artoo likes to talk about stuff like that. -AD
It is a slightly odd to think that I have done my last take as C-3PO in a Star Wars film. The fact that I did it alone, walking along a piece of blue carpet, talking to R2 who wasn’t there, was merely business as usual. I’d rehearsed, pulling along the studio vacuum cleaner for company! But I’m glad you appreciate the webdoc It’s less gung-ho than the usual but that is perhaps no bad think. Sometimes the pace of SW related material can be rather intense. I’m happy to hear from a fan who doesn’t always want to hear the whirr of light sabres. It’s someone like you who makes the whole thing worthwhile for me. And don’t worry, I suspect Threepio may return in some guise or other before long but before that, EpIII. I hope you enjoy it. And it’s fine that it has all finished. It’s been a long time. Thank you for being there. -AD
Well there’s always a lot of slaughtering to be done in Ep III if you really want to gain an All Areas Pass to the Dark Side. However Threepio has never looked so perfect, as he would happily admit, so someone does something right somewhere.
As for the time before the nuptials; have you any idea how long it took to get the arena sand out of Threepio’s parts (especially the ones that weren’t showing) – to say nothing of my own! Then there was the dress to order and the cake, the gift list and the invitations, booking the church and the priest, the photographer. Well I think you can imagine it was a very exhausting time for Threepio, since Mrs Amidala wasn’t around and he was basically the bride’s mother, which makes a kind of sense when it was his daddy who was saying ‘I do’. And Artoo, of course, was busy practising being a bridesmaid. He never did get it right. He and Threepio are still finding confetti in the strangest places. -AD
Sorry! No idea. I only watch the bits I’m in. Sometimes, of course, I’m in bits in bits. -AD
Kudos to you for being a huge Star Wars fan, who appreciates my efforts -AD
I was delighted that his performance clearly echoed many of the artistic nuances that so inflected my own. Orlando has clearly learned most of his craft from following my work and I think he may have a career as an actor of some kind. His interesting decision, in the role of Legolas, was not to play it as a brunette, as did I, but as a blond. I have never played a blond, even in a cartoon.
Now, of course, I play a grey. -AD
Under certain circumstances, the answer to, ‘Who am I?’ could be, ” You are Under Arrest!” Be careful. -AD
The cockpit was a hi-tech special simulator made of two scaffold poles and four strong stagehands. The poles passed under the set, which was constructed on raised base, and the four guys jumped up and down on them. It all looked very silly. Until you saw the movie. -AD
It deeply hurts me, not only to lose your respect – though quite why you should have that reaction, I’m not sure – but that fans are sold pieces of junk, like the one in question on The Darkside of this site. I assume that you have informed the person to whom, according to eBay, it appears you passed on this worthless autograph, in all innocence, that you now know it to be a fake and are happy – whilst not ecstatic – to return any monies they may have passed to you. In case you’ve forgotten, they are called Bertie Turn 2. Might I then suggest that you go, COA in hand, and demand the return of the sum you originally paid to the person who, in all innocence, sold the offending item to you in the first place. Please write and tell us what happens. I am sorry that you have been the victim of this crime and believe that you should not be offended by sharing your experience with others as a warning to them. -AD
p.s. I was rather surprised that you are still trying to pass on your expensive mistakes to unsuspecting fans some months after this correspondence. Never forget, you have a choice. It seems to me that you are still making the wrong one – possibly not something a “loyal fan” would do. No thanks.
You are not a fool and the Star Wars magic is far bigger than the cheap cheats will ever be. Respect for othersand indeed self respect isn’t strong in them, but the Force will be with you always – through the enduring magic that really isStar Wars. -AD
NOT own an Anthony Daniels autograph! If it were not for the rest of your letter I would have thought you were totally lacking in sense, taste and perception. However, reading on, I find that your judgment is outstanding. Thank you for your support -AD