Rebelscum.com reader and ex-college roommate John Leonetti brings us tales of passion and chrome in this write-up of "An Hour with Anothony Daniels"Sunday 5/27/2007 - 1:30pm Concourse StageYou may wonder what these weird photos of Anthony Daniels are that accompany this story. Those shots of Daniels are of him posing for fan photos. After Daniels was introduced he explained he wanted fans to take flash pictures at the beginning instead of during the program. So he struck a few action poses then ran up and down the aisles so people could snap away. He then ducked backstage and was re-introduced. Fans respectfully honored his request and took no flash pictures during the program.
Daniels reminisced about the original trilogy, how Star Wars unexpectedly changed his life, the difficulty wearing the C-3P0 suit, etc.
They ran a lot of video clips, including a montage of Star Wars scenes featuring characters telling 3PO to "shut up," a Daniels interview from "Empire of Dreams," the C-3PO's cereal commercial, and the US Dept. of Health and Human Services PSA with R2-D2. Daniels, a strong supporter of anti-smoking, explained that the PSA was criticized at the time for advertising the movie. They also played a really cheesy audio clip of a Star Wars Christmas song Daniels recorded years ago.
Daniels told an anecdote about falling down on the set of Revenge of the Sith and later seeing Ewan McGregor and Natalie Portman on the video playback react by laughing their heads off. They then showed the clip of this from the web documentary "C-3P0: His Moment to Shine" on the ROTS dvd.
A fan asked Daniels what it was like working with Lucas after 20 years and he replied "the same." Another fan stepped up to the microphone, looked at Daniels and said "I just want say.....I love you. Can I have a hug?" Daniels replied "this is for everybody" and hugged the guy.
Overall, Daniels came across as an intelligent and classy guy who loves his work and respects his fans.
Thanks for that insight into the panel, John. Readers can check out the accompanying photos in this gallery