Star Wars Is Very Different And Much Funnier When You Hear Darth Vader's Real Accent

"I find your lack of regional British accent disturbing."

Star Wars could have been – and very nearly was – incredibly silly.

The original cut was such a disaster that George Lucas’ pal Francis Ford Coppola allegedly offered to pay Lucas to abandon it, and all the actors thought they were in the midst of an absolute turkey.

Actual on-set dialogue.

In retrospect, there were a few things which saved it. One was the special effects. Another was the incredible job the editors did in salvaging it, especially Lucas’s ex-wife Marcia (and she’s the hero of the short but amazing YouTube documentary How Star Wars Was Saved In The Edit).

And the third was a handful of performances by classically trained actors that gave the film some much-needed gravitas: Alex Guinness as Ben Kenobi, Peter Cushing as Grand Moff Tarkin), and the initially uncredited James Earl Jones as the voice of Darth Vader.

That last one was incredibly important because the voice of the man in the suit – British actor David Prowse – didn’t… um, have quite the same effect.

Um… yeah.

Prowse looked pretty menacing – he was a champion bodybuilder and stood just shy of two metres tall even before the Vader boots – but his gentle Bristol burr doesn’t exactly strike fear into the heart. Especially when yelled through a plastic helmet.

He has long contended that he thought he was doing the voice of Vader until the very last minute and was most displeased with the decision to dub him. But when you compare the two…

Yeah, it wasn’t the wrong decision.

Whatever Happened To The 1980s Movie Tie In Single And Why Isn't Marvel Owning The Charts These Days?

It's like no-one's prepared to take a highway to the danger zone anymore.

Back in the 80s and 90s the release of a hit movie was almost always accompanied by a hit single from the soundtrack.

Sure, pop music was always tied to popular cinema, ever since 1955’s Blackboard Jungle gave teens their first opportunity to rock around whatever clocks were to hand, but the eighties were when it really came together.

I mean, what a playlist it makes: ‘Ghostbusters’. ‘The Heat Is On’. ‘Take My Breath Away’. ‘Footloose’. ‘Flashdance… What A Feeling’. ‘Don’t You (Forget About Me)’. ‘Danger Zone’. ‘(I’ve Had) The Time Of My Life’. ‘Fame’. ‘Eye Of The Tiger’. Goddamn, it’s nothing but gloriously awful bangers.

And that’s before you even take into account the Bond themes that were also smash hits: A-Ha’s ‘The Living Daylights’, Sheena Easton’s ‘For Your Eyes Only’, and Duran Duran’s loads-better-than-the-film ‘A View To A Kill’.

And a lot of huge 90s hits came from the movies too. Whitney Houston’s ‘I Will Always Love You’ was the tie in from The Bodyguard in 1992, and Coolio’s ‘Gangster’s Paradise’ blew up via Dangerous Minds – and that’s before we get to 1998 and ‘My Heart Will Go On’.

This version’s better.

So: what the hell happened? Because that just doesn’t happen nearly as often now. For one thing, every single Marvel film should have been accompanied by a global smash hit single.

And it’s not because of genre: Batman Returns gave Siouxsie & the Banshees the closest thing they ever got to a hit with ‘Face To Face’, and then Batman Forever managed it in 1994 with Seal’s ‘Kiss From A Rose’.

My theory? It’s all Will Smith’s fault.

In 1999 he released ‘Wild Wild West’, the wicky wicky tie in single to the Smith-starring flop of the same name which is notable for being absolutely hated at the time and for in not even developing a significant revisionary cult following since.

That song, which was a hit, I believe severed the previous solid thread connecting hit films and hit singles, and neither industry truly recovered.

Sure, there were a few after that – the all-star Lady Marmalade in 2001 from Moulin Rouge and Pharrell managed it with ‘Happy’ from Despicable Me 2 in 2014, but that just illustrated how unusual it had become. Even the Bond singles stopped being surefire smashes.

And while Smith might have snatched a hit out of a film he starred in, LL Cool J’s ‘Deepest Bluest (My Hat Is Like A Shark’s Fin)’ didn’t quite capture the zeitgeist, even though Deep Blue Sea didn’t flop nearly as badly.

So here’s our throw down for Phase 4, Marvel: start forcing out tie-in singles, ideally with the name of the film in the title.

I for one look forward to ‘Black Widow (Assassin of Murder)’ and ‘Magical Cheekbones (Love Theme From Dr Strange 2)’ topping the global charts.

Jaws Takes On Ghostbusters: Richard Dreyfuss Says Bill Murray's A 'Drunken Bully' And All We Need Now Is Popcorn

It's like watching two beloved dads duke it out at a BBQ.

Have you ever wondered who’d win in a fight: Dr Peter Venkman from Ghostbusters, or Oceanographer Matt Hooper from Jaws?

No? To be fair, neither had we. But since watching a new interview with Richard Dreyfuss for Yahoo we’ve been thinking of nothing else, and our money’s on Dr V because apparently Bill Murray fights dirty.


Dreyfuss was being quizzed about many of his iconic roles during his storied career, and then legendarily prickly chap decided to hold forth about his What About Bob? co-star Murray.

And… look, it’s not the Bill the internet pretends to know and absolutely loves.

“Bill just got drunk at dinner. He was an Irish drunken bully, is what he was. … He came back from dinner [one night] and I said, ‘Read this [script tweak], I think it’s really funny.’ And he put his face next to me, nose-to-nose. And he screamed at the top of his lungs, ‘Everyone hates you! You are tolerated!’

Supposedly Murray then picked up an ashtray and hurled it at Dreyfuss’ face from a distance of a couple of feet, and missed. And believe us, there isn’t a skerrick of fondness in Dreyfuss’ telling of the tale. He was not at all amused.

So yes: two of the most legendarily difficult men in acting didn’t get along that well. Murray hasn’t responded to the claim thus far, but… c’mon! FIGHT! FIGHT! FIGHT! FIGHT!


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