Darth Vader - Star Wars
Although a villain, there was always something so great, or should I say scary, about Darth Vader. I believe the success of the Darth Vader character is due to a combination of factors; first of all there is his appearance... The black menacing uniform and helmet, which contrasted sharply with his minions dressed in white, and of course his size, he was almost always the biggest person in the room. Then there was the terrific deep voice, expertly done by James Earl Jones. The last piece of the puzzle was the whole characterization from his use of The Force, to his story being vaguely alluded to then seeing it play out. (if watching from IV - VI then I - III) (I'm purposely being scarce on details here on the off chance the reader hasn't actually seen Star Wars. I'd hate to be a spoiler.) Perhaps I'm a bit prejudiced since I started the Star Wars saga with Episode IV, but it almost seems that starting from Episode IV makes Darth Vader a more frightening villain as it adds so much mystery to the man.
|The masked Darth Vader was played by David Prowse in episodes IV - VI with the unmasked Vader being actor Sebastian Shaw. (Although, I've heard he has been CGI'd out and replaced with Hayden Christensen in recent DVD releases.)||
In Episodes I - III, Darth Vader was mainly seen as Anakin Skywalker played by Jake Lloyd and Hayden Christensen, but young Anakin was a far cry from the menacing Darth Vader of the later (yet earlier) episodes which this page is focused on.
Above he harangues Princess Leia in "Star Wars Episode IV, A New Hope". Below he hustles Guinness.
You may be able to glean more Darth Vader info from StarWars.com. If not, there is a lot of good stuff on his wikipedia page.
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