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Actor of Darth Vader's bald head in ESB

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Now.. I know this is a really dumb question and you can laugh at me all you want but I've been wondering for a few like months now.... Who the heck played the bald scarred head of Vader in ESB!? Was it David Prowse? Bob Anderson? Strange first post, I know, but I have been surfing these forums for a while before this.

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This is actually a rather interesting question. I suppose I've always assumed that it was Prowse in makeup, but I really don't know.

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Rinzler's Making of Empire says it was Prowse.

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Maybe someone could ask Mr. Prowse? I believe he has a twitter account.

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Where were you in '77?

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Ah ok, cool. I suspected as much

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Baronlando said:

http://i.stack.imgur.com/yLMJK.jpg

it's Prowse, I think this picture might only be in the e-book of the making of.

 Oh my god! Oh my god! Nerdgasm!

Hadn't seen that picture but somehow it's exactly what I always thought Vader looked like under the mask! Thanks for that link.

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 At a convention, Kenneth Colley said he never saw Vader without his helmet  being filmed. That must mean that is a stand in looking at Vader's chamber and Colley walked on the set and just filmed the reaction shots.

Just a bit of trivia I remembered.

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I bet that if the scene were filmed today under modern Lucas' direction, you'd see a full reveal of Vader's burnt face complete with superfluous CGI.

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A little late - though as the subject has come up elsewhere…
 

Baronlando said:

it’s Prowse, I think this picture might only be in the e-book of the making of.

Our good friend Jambe Davdar says it is from the e-book version of Rinzler’s ‘Making Of ESB’ book too - and that it is indeed Prowse…

https://twitter.com/jamieswb/status/961615108475703302

‘Rarely seen The Empire Strikes Back video showing Dave Prowse in the famous “under the helmet” prosthetic.’
 

(keep watching until the end of the 39-second video)
 

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I find that answer vague and unconvincing. Why don’t you knock it off with them negative waves?
Why don’t you dig how beautiful it is out here? And say something righteous and hopeful for a change?

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Nice video! Never seen that footage before. A wider shot of the mechanical ‘arms’ lowering the helmet into position - and also what looks like a breathing apparatus?