The original Dark Lord of the Sith has decided to officially retire from the convention circuit. Dave Prowse played the iconic role of Darth Vader in the original trilogy of Star Wars films. While he was not the man revealed under the mask in Return of the Jedi (that was Sebastian Shaw), nor was he the voice (that was James Earl Jones), he was the man that breathed life into the character and gave us a terrifying build of a man.
Dave Prowse has always been a constant at fan conventions, but in recent years his health has been declining, and he was also diagnosed with dementia.
Prowse was a former body builder prior to landing the role of the iconic Darth Vader. Due to his height and build, he was a go-to-guy for many roles in TV from the late 60’s to the mid 80’s.
His agents, Alliance Agents, posted this information this evening.
As posted on his official Facebook page, Sadly due to his health, Dave Prowse will be retiring at the end of the year. His family have asked that there are no further convention bookings made.
Dave will be working remaining bookings that are easy to get to and do not require an overnight stay, however there are likely to be a number of cancellations.
These are the wishes of Dave’s family, so please can people remain respectful of this and understand when these cancellations have to be made.
Dave’s health and well being must now take priority.
For the time being Dave will continue to take part in private signings at home.
A truly huge loss for the fan community. We at OuterRimNews want to congratulate David for his huge contributions to the Star Wars mythos, and wish him well in his retirement.
Your Guide to Star Wars Valentine’s Day Gifts for that Special Someone in Your Life!
Valentine’s Day is fast approaching, and with the help of Amazon (hopefully you are a member of Amazon Prime), we are going to steer you in the right direction for a massive thank you from your significant other! Don’t be caught without a fantastic Star Wars gift to say “I love you” next week! Join us on this deep dive of love connection!
A perfect for Valentines Day gift for that special Star Wars fan in your life! Star Wars pop culture meets elegant sophistication with these Pinache Princess Leia and Han Solo coffee latte mugs! These lovely mugs feature Leia and Han silhouettes surrounded by falling gold hearts and gold handles. When you introduce this mug to your friend, they will melt at your feet (or at least they should)!
How about this awesome Star Wars Princess Leia shirt? The “Don’t Mess with the Princess” slogan and image of Leia, perfectly captures the heart of our favorite Princess in the entire galaxy!
Don’t sleep alone at night! If you can’t be there to comfort your loved one, let them sleep with this nice 16″ porg! This adorable porg will melt the heart of anyone that comes near it!
This officially licensed pendant measures 3/4″ x 1 1/4″, and will show your loved one, that you not only love them, but also Star Wars. You will be the C-3PO to their R2-D2. The pendants fit perfectly together to complete the heart.
Get ready to play music from your smart phone with this iHome bluetooth Star Wars BB-8 speaker. Now you can set this up in any room, play some romantic music on your phone, and let BB-8 stream that through his built in speaker, to setup a romantic date at the house!
This Star Wars Bag from Loungefly just might be the raddest bags ever created. Made of faux leather, this handbag will make your wife/girlfriend the envy of all of their friends. The bag features top zip closure, interior zipper and pouch pockets, and is fully lined inside.
Now that you have a list of cool items to shop for, go out and make a special Valentine’s Day with your loved one! Enjoy!
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The Last Jedi Still Raking in Cash at the Box Office!
Star Wars: The Last Jedi finished its second weekend with a domestic tally of $100 million dollars! Taking into account that the film most likely suffered from Sunday being Christmas eve, and the numbers are even more eye-popping!
The film has now grossed $800 million globally, and it hasn’t even opened in China. China’s opening will be January 5th.
According to a recent report from The Hollywood Reporter, the film is expected to end its theatrical run somewhere in the neighborhood of $1.6 billion! That will fall about $400 million short of Star Wars: The Force Awakens $2 billion run. It would still be in the top 5 highest grossing of all time, edging out Marvel’s The Avengers.
“The Force Awakens was an outlier, the likes of which we may never see again, and to compare any movie, even a Star Wars film, to that performance is unfair given the buildup to that film’s monumental release. At a gross of nearly $750 million worldwide and a near even split between the North American and international gross after a little over a week in theaters, The Last Jedi is by any measure a great success, and the passionate debate over pros and cons of the film itself serve only to show the continued passion that fans have for this historic film series,” says comScore analyst Paul Dergaragedian.
This news looks good for the finances of Lucasfilm. lt’s probably time to start planning that Solo: A Star Wars Story pr campaign now…
Original Dr. Evazan, Alfie Curtis Passes Away
According to Jedi News, Alfie Curtis, who played Cornelius Evazan (Dr. Evazan) in Star Wars: A New Hope, has died. The character was most famous for threatening Luke Skywalker in the Mos Eisley Cantina saying, “I have the death sentence on 12 systems!”
In Star Wars lore, Doctor Cornelius Evazan was from the planet Alsakan. He was an up-and-coming cosmetic surgeon until he became gripped by madness and began practicing “creative surgery” on his patients, leaving his victims horrifically disfigured. He was soon the focus of a bounty hunter, but was rescued by Ponda Boba. The two formed a quick friendship and started dealing spice, which garnered their “wanted men” status.
The duo soon ran into the wrong farm boy and Jedi Knight in Chalmun’s Cantina.
Curtis, born in 1930, had a long career that also included roles in David Lynch’s The Elephant Man, The Wildcats of St. Trinian’s, and on numerous British TV shows. The Outer Rim News team’s thoughts go out to his family and friends at this time.
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