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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. GunganSlayer

    GunganSlayer Jedi Master star 3

    Jan 24, 2013
    I'm actually somewhat surprised they didn't just credit Kenny Baler as R2 in the cast, as opposed to crediting him as "R2 consultant" as they did in the film. Although I could be mistaken, my understanding is that he didn't really have much of a role in ROTS, but he still was provided the credit? Regardless of Episode III, I would have gave him the credit for TFA.
  2. Darkspellmaster

    Darkspellmaster Jedi Master star 4

    Dec 20, 2015

    It dumb thing that I think might have to do with the Actor's union and regulations on how credit does get made on films.
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  3. Shaak Ti

    Shaak Ti Jedi Knight star 2

    Dec 22, 2015
    don't you mean different? #DroidRights
  4. DarthBreezy

    DarthBreezy Force Ghost star 6

    Jun 4, 2002

    Mark. He's an awsome character actor.
  5. Darth Basin

    Darth Basin Jedi Master star 5

    Aug 15, 2015
    I'm trying not 2 sound mean but with today's tech. Can't R2 be a full robot?
  6. B99

    B99 Force Ghost star 6

    Nov 10, 2014
    Honestly surprised they even need someone to play R2 for some parts still.. Hm..
  7. Wrenegade

    Wrenegade Jedi Knight star 3

    May 8, 2015
    I think its mostly the rocking back and forth and such. Also tradition, I guess.
  8. GregMcP

    GregMcP Jedi Grand Master star 5

    Jul 7, 2015
    Two sides to it.
    The fans like to idolize the man in the suit.
    We seem to like that familiarity with the behind the scenes. Of course it doesn't matter who rattles the tin and twists the head. But you'd still like their autograph.

    Secondly, from Jimmy Vee's, and his management's, perspective there's a dollar to be made from this. Appearances, interviews, work in other movies. So, it makes sense to play it up.
  9. thejeditraitor

    thejeditraitor Chosen One star 6

    Aug 19, 2003
  10. Strongbow

    Strongbow Force Ghost star 5

    Nov 6, 2014
    The two-legged droids in TFA were completely robotic. The wobbling effect was achieved with motors and piston. Since R2's screen time in TFA was relatively limited, this was considered adequate. The droid team for TFA noted that the the two-legged droid did not have the same range of expression that would be required for more screen time.
  11. Gigoran Monk

    Gigoran Monk Jedi Grand Master star 5

    Dec 2, 2016
    I'm all for maintaining human jobs whenever possible. LFL can afford to hire an actor to play R2 (which ultimately may be cheaper than a full-on robot), so why not?