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February 20, 2008 / davebirss

Some old fashioned advice from Darth Vader and R2D2

In case you didn’t know already (or you were born in the 80s or something) the man in this ad is David Prowse. And he was actually the actor who played Darth Vader. They unfortunately didn’t think his lovely West Country accent was quite right for the role of the most evil man in the universe, so they overdubbed his lines with the voice of James Earl Jones. And because he was hidden behind a mask and a slinky cape, he’s more famous for his slightly less glamorous role as the Green Cross Code man in 70s public information films.

I think this was the real low point of the campaign where the ad agency was clearly taking the piss out of him for having been in such a famous film without anyone knowing. Their ultra low rent R2D2 impersonator is just cringeworthy.

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