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Official Info Jimmy Vee replacing Kenny Baker as R2-D2 in Ep VIII

Discussion in 'Star Wars: Sequel Trilogy (Released Films)' started by Seagoat , Jan 2, 2016.

  1. Seagoat

    Seagoat Music and PT Section Sentinel star 5 Staff Member Manager

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  2. Trebor Sabreon

    Trebor Sabreon LACWAC-y Mod of SWTV star 4 Staff Member Manager

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    I suppose it's another 'passing of the torch.' For real, this time.

    Thank you, Mr. Baker, for bringing Artoo-Detoo to life for us!
     
  3. Blueandwhite

    Blueandwhite Jedi Master star 2

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    Time marches on. Kenny Baker was awesome but he's also in his 80s. One can only wish him the best and appreciate him for bringing R2 to life for all of these years.
     
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  4. Palpatine2016

    Palpatine2016 Jedi Master star 4

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    Baker was only credited as a consultant on The Force Awakens so not a surprise at all.
     
  5. thejeditraitor

    thejeditraitor Chosen One star 6

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  6. G-FETT

    G-FETT Jedi Grand Master star 7

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    I'm surprised they actually need anybody in the "can" to be honest.

    I wonder how Jimmy will get on with Tony? [face_laugh]
     
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  7. DaddlerTheDalek

    DaddlerTheDalek Jedi Master star 4

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    Thank you, Mr. Baker and enjoy your retirement.
    Good to know that they found a succsessor in Mr. Vee.
     
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  8. Django Fett

    Django Fett Jedi Master star 4

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    Sorry this is old news, it was revealed last November.
     
  9. Seagoat

    Seagoat Music and PT Section Sentinel star 5 Staff Member Manager

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    So? Now we have a thread to discuss it
     
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  10. Django Fett

    Django Fett Jedi Master star 4

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    What's with the attitude? I politely said it was revealed last November and not something new.
     
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  11. littlewaves

    littlewaves Jedi Master star 4

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    While this story may well be true I think if we trace it back it comes from an erroneous story that Kenny Baker was spotted at the Skellig shoot which initially caused people to jump to the (understandable) conclusion the R2 was in the scenes shot there. It then transpired that KB wasn't at the shoot and that journalists had actually spotted Jimmy Vee and lazily assumed he was Kenny Baker. So Jimmy could be playing a different character of course!
     
  12. Seagoat

    Seagoat Music and PT Section Sentinel star 5 Staff Member Manager

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    It wasn't my intention to come across with sour attitude. My apologies
     
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  13. DarthHavok

    DarthHavok Jedi Master star 2

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    It makes sense. With Peter Mayhew unable to fully play Chewbacca, and Kenny Baker in his 80s it's not surprising. They'll always be those two characters and Peter Mayhew may still portray Chewie to some degree but I can't see Kenny Baker continuing. There's no good reason NOT to recast those characters if only because the characters they portray are costumed characters. Life goes on.
     
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  14. Artoo-Dion

    Artoo-Dion New Films Jedi star 6 Staff Member Manager

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    I love Kenny Baker. Time Bandits is one of my favourite films. But his health and age are a bit of a limiting factor.
     
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  15. Sebulba's Vendetta

    Sebulba's Vendetta Jedi Padawan

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    Thank you Kenny! I'm happy he was able to partake in at least one movie in this new trilogy.
    Vee must be ecstatic to be in the most iconic droid of all time.
     
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  16. appleseed

    appleseed Force Ghost star 5

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    Much gratitude to Kenny for giving R2 so much of his beloved personality, and good luck to Mr. Vee going forward.
     
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  17. kegs202

    kegs202 Jedi Knight star 2

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    It's inevitable that some of the old guard will retire and others will need to take their place. If we see Darth Vader make an appearance in any upcoming movies then it's highly unlikely to be Dave Prowse in the suit.
     
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  18. kip73

    kip73 Jedi Grand Master star 4

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    Did Mayhew sign on for VIII?

    That's one thing that sure sucks about life. Everyone gets older. Really sucks when it's your family/loved ones.
     
  19. Django Fett

    Django Fett Jedi Master star 4

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    I think we know why the change has been made now, the lack of involvement for Artoo in TFA meant they only needed the remote version. Still I wonder if they offered it to Warwick Davis first?
     
  20. Bran Kenobi

    Bran Kenobi Jedi Knight star 2

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    I want to know who is getting inside of BB-8 this time around.
     
  21. DarthIshyZ

    DarthIshyZ Chosen One star 6

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    It'd be interesting to give Baker an actual role in one of the films. Just for fun. Maybe a senator from a planet with really high gravity?
     
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  22. TheLateAdmiralPiett

    TheLateAdmiralPiett Jedi Master star 3

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    Maybe the title should say VIII and IX? It's not like Kenny has any shot of coming back, nor is it likely that they'll recast Jimmy Vee at either point.
     
  23. DarthHavok

    DarthHavok Jedi Master star 2

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    Assuming R2 isn't destroyed in VIII ;)
     
  24. Jedi Merkurian

    Jedi Merkurian ST Thread Reaper and Rumor Naysayer star 6 Staff Member Manager

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    Nah, Threepio lampshaded it in TFA with the line that said something to the effect of "even if Artoo comes back, he probably won't be the same."
     
  25. DarthHavok

    DarthHavok Jedi Master star 2

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    Hahahahaha, clever.
     
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