If there was a character that shined in Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, one of them was definitely C-3PO. With the character’s story being done for now, 3PO actor Anthony Daniels has taken time to break down and explain every version of the droid from the films.
Here’s his interview with WIRED:
Anthony Daniels, who most famously portrays C-3PO in the Star Wars series of films, sits down with WIRED to discuss, in detail, the variety of costumes he has worn while filming Star Wars. Anthony explains just how he was able to fit into the costume and what his thoughts were when he first saw Ralph McQuarrie's designs.
What’s interesting is that Daniels had initially said no to the part, but his mind was changed when he got a look at the concept work from Ralph McQuarrie. If you didn’t know, there was a lot of inspiration taken from the classic film Metropolis, and 3PO was meant to look a lot more slender before they got to the final design.
Probably one of the more interesting versions is that of the ‘skeleton’ C-3PO from The Phantom Menace, and you can see that they took more inspiration from Japanese theaters when they turned that puppet to life. I think it’s also interesting the evolution of how 3PO is made, with the Sequel Trilogy making use of 3D printing this time to make the process a lot quicker.
We don’t know when 3PO will show up again, but hopefully he’ll be here to stay for future iterations of Star Wars. I just can’t imagine him being killed off at all—kind of the same with Chewie or R2-D2.
Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker is now available for digital and Blu-Ray/4K UHD.