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‘Star Wars': David Prowse Reveals What Really Happened to Darth Vader’s Helmet

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Before it resurfaced in “Star Wars: The Force Awakens,” Darth Vader’s helmet was last seen on the Sith lord’s funeral pyre in “Return of the Jedi.” While “The Force Awakens” would lead you to believe the above image was the result, actor David Prowse — who donned the helmet in the original “Star Wars” trilogy — proved otherwise by posting an image of the original prop.

With the caption “The actual Vader helmet and mask after Return of the Jedi,” Prowse’s image shows the original mask in two pieces — the face covering and the helmet — unlike the single piece in Kylo Ren’s possession. However, between the fraying fiberglass and charred coloring on the original prop, “The Force Awakens'” Darth Vader helmet certainly looks more intimidating.

Directed by J.J. Abrams, “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” stars franchise veterans Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Peter Mayhew, Anthony Daniels and Kenny Baker, joined by newcomers John Boyega, Daisy Ridley, Adam Driver, Oscar Isaac, Andy Serkis, Domhnall Gleeson, Lupita Nyong’o, Gwendoline Christie and Max von Sydow. The film is now playing in theaters.

(H/T: Blastr)

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Comments

  • Oblivi-1

    I want that!!!!!

  • Chris MacLaren

    David Prowse is correct that the helmet from the funeral pyre scene ended up looking like that – and with paint and resin burnt away, fiberglass strands started to spread out. However, it looks like a burnt Wookie head too. In the mythology, Vader’s armor was made of Durasteel. You could still argue that what Kylo Ren had was still incorrect because regular steel has a melting point of 2500F+, and not quite the temperatures of a regular funeral fire – unless, of course, you’re Luke Skywalker, and you use the Force to accelerate airflow to help the flames burn brighter. But, technically, you never saw that happen on-screen. :-)

  • Chris MacLaren

    David Prowse is correct that the helmet from the funeral pyre scene ended up looking like that – and with paint and resin burnt away, fiberglass strands started to spread out. However, it looks like a burnt Wookie head too. In the mythology, Vader’s armor was made of Durasteel. You could still argue that what Kylo Ren had was still incorrect because regular steel has a melting point of 2500F+, and not quite the temperatures of a regular funeral fire – unless, of course, you’re Luke Skywalker, and you use the Force to accelerate airflow to help the flames burn brighter. But, technically, you never saw that happen on-screen. :-)

  • Hamblerger

    Is the Durasteel mention part of the Expanded Universe? If so, then it doesn’t apply, since this film and future ones are inconsistent with the Expanded Universe chronology.

  • Mr.Mysterioso

    Looks like Chewie and Vader had a baby