Sunday, July 10, 2022

Retro Disney World: Kenny Baker (R2-D2) Interview from Star Wars Weekends 2001 at Disney Hol...

Before there was a Galaxy's Edge (or even a Star Wars Launch Bay,) there was Star Wars Weekends at Disney's Hollywood Studios at Walt Disney World and several other Disney Parks. Star Wars Weekends was a celebration of the legendary franchise which took place on five consecutive weekends in the late Spring/Summer and featured a celebrity motorcade, Star Wars character meet and greets, merchandise offerings, themed dining experiences, and an evening-ending fireworks show. The motorcade and panel interviews would feature celebrities from the Star Wars universe, most of whom were not the top tier talent, but beloved by fans of the franchise nonetheless. 

Joe Darthmaz was able to attend the event in the olden timey days of 2001 and had his trusty camera with him to capture some of the festivities for posterity. So today we bring you the panel interview with Kenny Baker, the actor who gave life to lovable astromech droid R2-D2 in the original and prequel trilogies. 

The interview actually also featured Doug Chiang, current Vice President and Executive Director at Lucasfilm, who at the time was working as a design director on the prequel trilogy. Doug’s portion of the interview will be released as a separate video.

The video is over two decades old at this point and filmed in the days of cameras with minimal stabilization so bear with some of the shake and less than HD quality.

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