Did You Know?
- C. Andrew Nelson portrayed the character of Darth Vader for Lucasfilm for twelve years for film, television, print, commercials, computer games, and live events.
- Andrew has spent more time performing in the official Vader costume than any other actor, even surpassing that of Dave Prowse, Bob Anderson, Sebastian Shaw, and Hayden Christensen.
- The longest continual time that Andrew has ever spent in the Vader costume is twenty-one hours which occurred during a simultaneous commercial and print ad shoot. Mind you, he did not have to keep the mask on that whole time, but he had on all the rest of it.
- In 1996, Andrew became the first actor to ever officially portray both Darth Vader and Luke Skywalker when he provided the voice of Luke for LucasArts’ X-Wing Collector’s CD game.
- Along with fellow artist Michael Levine, Andrew was the first to create digital lightsaber effects for a live-action Star Wars project. The pair were called upon to develop the technique for the full-motion video cutscenes in the Jedi Knight: Dark Forces II game from LucasArts, six years before the very same technique (albeit using different software) was employed at Industrial Light + Magic for the film Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace.
- For close-up shots in the Jedi Knight game, Andrew doubled as the hands of the dark jedi character Jerec and as the hands and feet of lead character Kyle Katarn.
- While working on a Naboo landscape as a matte painter at Industrial Light + Magic on The Phantom Menace, Andrew incorporated into the image a cloud that looked surprisingly like his grandmother. It went virtually unnoticed.
- During post-production on Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones, Andrew worked for two months on a very labor-intensive effects shot involving the total removal of a puppeteer, only to have the entire shot itself removed from the film.
- Andrew has actual physical scars from having worn the Darth Vader costume.
Intrigued? Want to know more about any of this? Drop Andrew or his management a message and maybe they will clue you in on the full story.