Sometimes It Ain't Easy Being C-3PO. But Anthony Daniels Loves Him Just the Same.
The 6-year-old who lives in my house has spoken: We will be attending Star Wars: In Concert tomorrow night at the Cowboys Stadium, where, one prays, The Force will be with the sound system for a change. So, then, what to expect: two hours' worth of the six Star Wars movies sliced and diced into Cliff's Notes narrated by Anthony Daniels, who'll be joined by an orchestra performing a John Williams best-of. Daniels, of course, links the '77 original through the Cartoon Network's Clone Wars series and beyond -- he's more or less the franchise's official ambassador, a role with which he's become comfortable only recently.
Long story short, in the video above -- an interview I conducted with Daniels at Hotel ZaZa a few weeks ago, shot by Patrick Michels -- he talks about assuming the role of mouthpiece; about how difficult it is being 3PO, even without the costume; and about how he was initially against this In Concert concept. And we discuss what it will be like inside Jerry Jones's Death Star, as sprawling and cold a place as the Emperor's. Daniels, incidentally, will also be in Plano on Saturday for the weekend-long Star Wars Fan Days shindig, where he'll be joined by Darth Vader, Boba Fett, Chewbacca, Darth Maul and other guys who wore some costumes for George Lucas a long time ago in a ... well, you know.