Star Wars veteran Anthony Daniels has stated that he will never retire his C-3PO character, even though he suspects that it will be “a very very long time” until he reprises the role again for a movie.
In an interview with CinemaBlend, Daniels, who has portrayed the galaxy’s beloved protocol droid for more than 40 years, spoke about his long-spanning role in the Star Wars franchise. The actor was specifically asked whether he would ever consider retiring the character, to which he revealed that he intends to keep playing C-3PO, even if the golden suit stays in his wardrobe for a while.
“No, I’m never going to retire,” Daniels confirmed. “They’re going to have to throw me out the door… Life is not over, the films, may be taking a back seat for ‘3PO, for a very very long time, I would think. But there’s all sorts of other media, particularly now with digital formats, that I’m so happy, and grateful and proud to be part of. And I do want to go on looking after ‘3PO because he needs looking after.”
This isn’t the first time that the C-3PO star has laid his parts on the line. He previously spoke about the possibility of the role moving forward without him, insisting that the droid is “too good of a character” and “too big of a character” to die with him. He echoed these thoughts in the poignant conclusion of his autobiography, in which he acknowledged that his signature role may potentially be recast one day.
“I surely recognize, I will someday leave the stage,” Daniels wrote in a heartfelt note over the final pages of his book. “I hope I will do so in the knowledge that I have imbued See-Threepio with enough life that, with the love of the fans, he will go on without me.”
C-3PO is one of the only Star Wars characters to have appeared in all nine movies of the Skywalker saga, beginning with the original 1977 Star Wars film right the way through to 2019’s Rise of Skywalker. He recently reprised the role for the LEGO Star Wars Holiday Special on Disney+, which debuted on November 17, the same day that the original Star Wars holiday special aired on CBS in 1978.
In our review of the LEGO Star Wars Holiday Special, we called the animated feature “a charming and calamitous cross-time caper that blends all three trilogies together like never before.” We praised the special for being designed in such a way that it caters to “all levels of Stars Wars fandom, and all eras of Star Wars cinema” despite its “abundantly silly, cringingly corny, and marvellously meta” story.
Adele Ankers is a Freelance Entertainment Journalist. You can reach her on Twitter.