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CT Darth Vader unmasked in ROTJ

Discussion in 'Classic Trilogy' started by Ord-Mantell70, Sep 17, 2013.

  1. Ord-Mantell70

    Ord-Mantell70 Jedi Master star 3

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    Among those who saw the OT before the PT, who saw Darth Vader unmasked for the first time when watching ROTJ ?

    Were you afraid of that moment, and what did you expect ?

    I've always regreted I was able to see Vader's face before seeing the movie at the theatre, in a sticker album from ROTJ.
     
  2. Stormtrooper Dave

    Stormtrooper Dave Jedi Youngling star 1

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    Given the way the back of his head appeared in The Empire Strikes Back, I thought he'd be more monstrous looking.
     
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  3. Seagoat

    Seagoat Music and PT Section Sentinel star 5 Staff Member Manager

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    I hardly even remember my first time seeing *Anakin* unmasked. I was like 4. I know the version I first saw was before they removed Shaw's eyebrows though, because I remember being confused as to how he had eyebrows if he had no other hair...
     
  4. jacktherack

    jacktherack Jedi Master star 4

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    i don't think i was that scared i first saw the special editions and i was 6. he dousn't really look like he was a burn victim.
     
  5. VadersLaMent

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  6. CT1138

    CT1138 Jedi Master star 4

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    Same here. The back of Vader's head in ESB looks so veiny and bulbous. When we got to see Anakin's face in RotJ, I thought it was going to be really deformed, sorta Elephant-Man like.
     
  7. Gray_Jedi R

    Gray_Jedi R Jedi Youngling

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    I was seven years old when I watched for first time. I think I was very surprised for Sebastian's eyes. They were so blue and so sad.

    Despite the previous exchange of words between Luke and Vader, I guess I still think of him as a machine. Then, suddenly, seeing him so human... The pale face for lack of sunshine, the scars across his forehead and cranium, bald... and very especially, the eyes so full of regrets and ghost. Apologizing to his son. Dying without meeting his daughter...

    That the moment Vade became my favorite movie character, a rank he still holds to date.
     
  8. Darth_Nub

    Darth_Nub Manager Emeritus star 5 VIP - Former Mod/RSA

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    Good old MAD Magazine, one of the most influential factors in my upbringing. I've remembered that "I think you're my uncle' line when watching ROTJ ever since.

    Not to mention R2-D2's musings on C-3PO in their original Star Bores parody, which can't be quoted here...
     
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  9. miasma

    miasma Jedi Master star 3

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    I just remember that after I came home from the theater, I remembered it wrong, and I thought that unmasked Vader was "a white version of Admiral Ackbar." A friend of mine, who hadn't seen the movie yet, asked me what Vader looked like under the mask, so I found a photo of Admiral Ackbar and said, "He looks just like this... but white."
     
  10. Sarge

    Sarge Chosen One star 6

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    I was holding my breath, expecting horrible grotesque scars like the back of his head. I was 17 then.
     
  11. VadersLaMent

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    I was in fact spoiled as I had the novelization in hand and could not resist. It ruined nothing.
     
  12. Ord-Mantell70

    Ord-Mantell70 Jedi Master star 3

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    [face_laugh][face_laugh][face_laugh]

    I couldn't resist either...
     
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  13. DARTHKANISS

    DARTHKANISS Jedi Master star 1

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    I always wondered why he was soo white almost albino like. I still do.
     
  14. SlashMan

    SlashMan Jedi Master star 4

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    A little shocking at first, but he came across as surprisingly human. Of course, it only made me more curious as to how he got his injuries.
     
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  15. CT1138

    CT1138 Jedi Master star 4

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    Well, when you're encapsulated in a suit from head to toe, and can't remove your helmet without a special artificial environment, you don't exactly have the luxury of a tanning salon.
     
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  16. DARTHLINK

    DARTHLINK Jedi Master star 4

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    I was expecting a gaunt, skeletal-like face with a missing lower jaw, blasted off nose and large eyes.

    I nearly covered my eyes when Luke took the mask off, and was relieved that there was a smiling, pale, happy, very-human face within.
     
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  17. Revanfan1

    Revanfan1 Force Ghost star 6

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    Over twenty years without natural light hitting your head, I think would cause you to be unnaturally pale.
     
  18. AT-AT Walker

    AT-AT Walker Jedi Youngling

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    Exactly this. I was stunned when Luke removed Vader's helmet to reveal this old man who looked so sad and had so many regrets.
     
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  19. markdeez33

    markdeez33 Jedi Knight star 3

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    It was one of my all-time favorite scenes. As a kid, seeing it in the 90s, I was on the edge of my seat. As I got older, I loved Empire the most, but as a kid, Return of The Jedi was my favorite, and it was mostly because you get to see Vader. Powerful scene with him and Luke, as well.
     
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  20. Darth_Nub

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    [​IMG]

    Early sketch for unmasked Vader. Not 100% sure when it dates to, think it might be ESB-era. OT-era, anyway.
     
  21. MatthewZ

    MatthewZ Jedi Master star 4

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    I think Vader's Theme played on the harp does as much to set the feelings for this scene as does the actual visual appearance of Anakin.
     
  22. gezvader28

    gezvader28 Jedi Grand Master star 5

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    blimey , where's that come from ?
     
  23. El Jedi Colombiano

    El Jedi Colombiano Force Ghost star 5

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    Probably because his skin hadn't seen sunlight in years.
     
  24. Deputy Rick Grimes

    Deputy Rick Grimes Jedi Grand Master star 6

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    Cause most of it healed over time
     
  25. CT1138

    CT1138 Jedi Master star 4

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    Indeed, his ashy grey skin color makes sense not only because of lack of sunlight, but because he was placed into the suit directly after being burned alive, receiving zero skin grafts. So, his skin takes on the appearance of something that had been burned away: ash.