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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. GunganSlayer Jedi Knight

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    Jan 24, 2013
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    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 Jedi Master

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    Dec 20, 2015
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    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 Jedi Padawan

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    Dec 22, 2015
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    don't you mean different? #DroidRights
    Last edited by Shaak Ti, Jan 5, 2016
  4. DarthBreezy Force Ghost

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    Jun 4, 2002
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    Mark. He's an awsome character actor.
  5. Darth Basin Jedi Master

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

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

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

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    Jul 7, 2015
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    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 Chosen One

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    Aug 19, 2003
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  10. Strongbow Jedi Grand Master

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    Nov 6, 2014
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    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 Jedi Grand Master

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    Dec 2, 2016
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    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?