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Anthony Daniels threatens to spoil Star Wars Episode VIII – but Rian Johnson quickly ended the shenanigans

February 3rd, 2016 by Matt Gault Comments


When it comes to the plot of Star Wars movies, there isn’t anything quite like the cast and crew’s Omerta-esque code of silence. Spoilers are safeguarded like the Queen’s jewels but actor Anthony Daniels, who plays C-3PO threatened to spoil the whole thing on Twitter.

Ahead of The Force Awakens, he recalled: “I said that I’d met so-and-so. An actor who plays a … thing in the film. A character. Immediately I received a message from Disney: ‘Remove the tweet! You’re not allowed to say that!’ Honestly. It’s a kind of Kremlin attitude.”

This week he threatened Disney once again: “Just read Ep VIII and thought I’d share the story with you because I know you can’t wait to hear it too. You do want to hear it. Don’t you?”

Yes, he most likely wouldn’t have followed through but the whole thing also could have been staged just for Rian Johnson to win over millions of sceptical Star Wars fans with this brilliant reply.

How about that? Was it a genuine plea to a disgruntled actor or was it a clever little ploy to build some confidence for the director? Who cares, really, because it was brilliant!

Source: Squareeyed

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Matt Gault is a sports writer and film fanatic. He is a fully-qualified journalist and has worked for BBCNI, Sunday Life and has been published on The Guardian's website. He interns at REDNI, sub-editing for the Belfast Telegraph. He studied at Queen's University pretending to like history and literature and then University of Ulster Coleraine, where he slacked off enormously for a year and somehow got away with it. He also enjoys Captain Morgans, The Sopranos, Led Zeppelin and Hunter S. Thompson which makes him a remarkably uninteresting person.

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