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

Discussion in 'Star Wars: The Last Jedi & IX - Spoilers Allowed' started by Seagoat, Jan 2, 2016.

  1. Seagoat Music and PT Section Sentinel

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  2. Trebor Sabreon LACWAC-y Mod of SWTV

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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 Jedi Master

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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 Jedi Master

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

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  6. G-FETT Jedi Grand Master

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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 Jedi Master

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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 Jedi Master

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    Sorry this is old news, it was revealed last November.
  9. Seagoat Music and PT Section Sentinel

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

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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 Jedi Master

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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 Music and PT Section Sentinel

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

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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 New Films 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 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 Jedi Grand Master

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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 Jedi Knight

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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 Jedi Grand Master

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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 Jedi Master

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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 Jedi Knight

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

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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 Jedi Master

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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 Jedi Master

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    Assuming R2 isn't destroyed in VIII ;)
  24. Jedi Merkurian ST Thread Reaper and Rumor Naysayer

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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 Jedi Master

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    Hahahahaha, clever.
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