Four Decade Franchise Veteran Anthony Daniels Admits C-3PO Was Little More Than A ‘Table Decoration’ In Rian Johnson’s Restaurant Star Wars: The Last Jedi, but the gold-plated protocol droid has a lot more going on in the project by JJ Abrams Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker. According to Daniels – who previously described his The Rise of Skywalker role as a character who is “front and center” in the conclusion of the nine-movie Skywalker saga – C-3PO does “all kinds of weird things” when he teams up with Rey (Daisy Ridley), Finn (John Boyega), Poe (Oscar Isaac) in the Resistance’s final fight against the tyrannical First Order.
“In The Last Jedi I became a table decoration, which I regretted because Threepio was worth more than that, ”Daniels said Empire Magazine. “But he’s doing all kinds of weird stuff in this one. It was a delight, a joy! I can go out on a high. It’s my third ending and I think I’ll be the saddest about this- this. Return of the Jedi was… well, there were the Ewoks in it, for god’s sake! “
In The Last Jedi, Daniels co-star Mark Hamill improvised a quiet goodbye between C-3PO and Luke Skywalker, who recognized his “sidekick” one last time by appearing to his sister Leia (Carrie Fisher) on the salty planet Crait:
“I didn’t recognize Threepio at the start. I walked right past him,” Hamill said. Entertainment tonight. “I said, ‘Rian, listen, after all these years of service, even though we haven’t been in touch for the past few years, Threepio was the closest to a sidekick I had. Harrison [Ford] had Chewie and I had Artoo and Threepio. But he’s so accommodating and so collaborative. He said, ‘Oh absolutely you should go over there.’ We didn’t really have time to script anything … just to thank him, and that’s what I did. “
But the little-seen C-3PO will again play a big part in Daniels’ final turn as a character. Talk to Uproxx before The Rise of Skywalker, return the force awakens Writer-director Abrams said C-3PO was “central to this story and really wonderful.”
When asked why the classic C-3PO droids and sidekick droid R2-D2 were less integral to the sequel trilogy plots – with more attention given to the newly created resistance droid BB-8 – Abrams replied, “Obviously you are doing your best. You focus on what the story is and respond to what your gut tells you to work. And what history seems to want. “
“You know, I don’t know how strategic you can be to work on something like that, thinking about how little or how much of certain characters. That is, you want to use them to serve there. ‘story,’ Abrams continued. . “It turns out we didn’t strategize, this is the one Threepio needs to be in more scenes than ever before. It just turned out the story was better. served by using a character that has been underused to see a new side of him and tell the story. So it was very helpful, but it was inspired to see a character in a whole new light. “
Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker opens December 20.