While fans are most excited about Star Wars: The Force Awakens reuniting Carrie Fisher, Harrison Ford and Mark Hamill on screen for the first time in over thirty years, they're not the only original players set to make a comeback. The film also features Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope stars Anthony Daniels and Kenny Baker reprising their iconic roles as C-3PO and R2-D2. Perhaps it's not as special, seeing as how both actors are the only two to participate in all 7 Star Wars movies. While it's fun to have them back, regardless, what a lot of fans might not know is that these two actors hate each other. In fact, Anthony Daniels recently slammed Kenny Baker quite hard in the press. About the diminutive star returning to play everyone's favorite Astro-Mech droid, his golden rod counterpart had this to say.
"He's not actually on the set. I haven't seen him for years. His name is on the credits as a sort of... I don't know, a good luck charm, a courtesy. He's a talisman."
Why did Anthony Daniels decide to belittle his co-star? Turns out, a feud between the two has been raging for years. In fact, it dates all the way back to 1976, when the original film was being shot. And don't look for it to end anytime soon. The two actors apparently can't stand to be in the same room together. Anthony Daniels finally broke his silence about the robot wars earlier this week. He decided to retaliate against claims that Kenny Baker made, and has kept on making for quite some time. Ask Kenny Baker what he thinks about Anthony Daniels, and he'll simply say the following.
"[He's] the rudest man I've ever met."
Anthony Daniels had previously decided to stay quiet about his dislike of Kenny Baker. But that's all his co-star wants to talk about, it seems. Even though they'll be the only two actors to participate in all 7 of the Star Wars movies, their legacy is being tarnished by this war of words. And Anthony Daniels has even called into question whether or not it's truly fair to say that Kenny Baker was, in fact, in all of the movies.
Kenny Baker claims that Anthony Daniels has called him 'Little Man' for the past thirty years, a nickname that he loathes. Kenny Baker says he's not the only one that doesn't get along with C-3PO's alter ego. The actor goes onto claim that Anthony Daniels does not mix well with the rest of the cast, and when he's not on set, he's no where to be found. And he never participates in any of the behind-the-scenes fun had by the rest of the actors. Kenny Baker had this to say in an interview dating back to 2008.
"Anthony doesn't mix at all - he keeps himself to himself. He never wants to have a drink with any of us. Once when I said hello to him he just turned his back on me and said, "Can't you see I'm having a conversation?" It was the rudest thing anyone had ever done to me. I was furious. He wouldn't even look at me."
Kenny Baker claims this even happened a second time. Though, after Anthony Daniels told Baker that he was engaged in a prior conversation, and to leave him alone, Kenny noticed there wasn't anyone else in sight. And that C-3PO must have been having a conversation with himself. R2 might have a point. In the same interview where Anthony Daniels slammed the 3ft 8in thespian, he also had some less than pretty words to say about Mark Hamill's return.
"What is funny is C-3PO looks the same - Harrison, Carrie and Mark .. not so much...Poor Mark. He was a young lovely looking lad when he was first Luke Skywalker and now... well..."
In the Mirror interview, which is quite informative, Anthony Daniels also reveals how boring it was to be on the set of Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi during Carrie Fisher's Slave Leia scenes. While most fans would have loved to have been there, he makes it sound like a real drag. Though he does have nice things to say about Carrie Fisher.
"[That scene was] boring. Oh, yes. That took three days to do. We actually got bored and quite tired of looking at Carrie in her gold bikini. This is the thing, she wasn't comfortable. She was very uncomfortable really. But she didn't complain because she's a professional."
While it hasn't been confirmed, it is assumed that Anthony Daniels and Kenny Baker will be back on set for both Star Wars: Episode VIII and Star Wars: Episode IX. If you want to learn about the time the actor almost died in costume, or how he was replaced by CGI in Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith despite being on set and ready to work, you can check out the rest of this interview here. What do you think? Does it ruin your childhood a little too know that C-3PO and R2-D2 hate each other in real life?