Darth Vader Unmasked

In the first draft of The Star Wars, tall, grim general “Darth Vader” was already close in line with his final depiction, and the protagonist “Anikin Starkiller” had a role similar to Luke Skywalker’s as the 16-year-old son of a respected warrior. Vader’s mask was originally designed by Ralph McQuarrie as part of Vader’s spacesuit and not intended to be part of the regular costume. He was portrayed by actor / bodybuilder David Prowse, and voiced by James Earl Jones, in the original trilogy. Continue reading for more rare behind-the-scenes Star Wars pictures. Click here to view some bonus images once you’re finished with the post.

18. Rebel Pilot

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17. Chewbacca On Break

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16. Figrin D’an

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15. Han and Luke Blue Screening

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14. Dining

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13. Chewbacca Costume

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12. Filming Scene

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11. Jawa

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10. Leia Meets Han

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9. Break Time

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8. In the Woods

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7. Sneaking a Kiss

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6. Down he Hatch

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5. Eye Trickery

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4. Surprised Yoda

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3. AT-AT Walker

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2. In Disguise

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1. Recording a Message

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