Kenny Baker passed away today at the age of 81, just days before his 82nd birthday, according to StarWars.com. Baker starred in several movies including Time Bandits, The Elephant Man and Amadeus, but he was most famous for a role we didn’t see him in. He was the man behind R2-D2 in the first six Star Wars movies.
Even though he was only 3’8″, his heart was 7’tall. Today, remember the man who brought us so much joy by watching one of his many movies and beeping just like infamous character to keep his huge beautiful spirit alive.
The first trailer is out for Rogue One: A Star Wars Story and I think it looks better than Star Wars: The Force Awakens. But then again, I am still the one person who hasn’t that movie.
Are you excited for the first spinoff from the most successful franchise when it comes out on December 16th?
The Young Hans Solo role is one of the most coveted roles in Hollywood. Now that we know that Alden Enrehreich got the part, we can see the auditions from the people who didn’t get it. Since Conan O’Brien was doing his show from San Diego Comic Con, he got his hands on those auditions. They were names as big as Oscar winner Jodie Foster, Emmy winner Melissa McCarthy, Razzie winner Adam Sandler and Jeff Goldblum, and yet it went to an unknown. After you see them trying out for the Star Wars spinoff, it is easy to see why he got it and they didn’t.
Bryce Hayashi & Mickle took their brass horns and played the Star Wars theme outside of John Williams’ house, and they got a surprise that is in a galaxy far far away. The legendary composer came out to greet them and shake their hands. The 84 year old also got a surprise when he found out a 13 year old hit the nearly impossible high note. You don’t have to be Yoda to know, awesome this be.
It also shows you how truly exceptional John Williams is because he actually came out to meet them. Good thing for the two boys he was home at the time.
Now I wonder how many musicians are going to by his house and do the same thing?