All About Darth
Since he was first introduced to the world in 1977, Darth Vader has consistently been ranked as one of the best, most famous, and most evil villains of all time.
But is he really all that bad?
The helmeted, black-clad Jedi-turned-Sith warrior is best known for his catchy theme music, heavy breathing, and his plot-twisting secret that would end all plot twists—also one of the most misquoted lines ever. His is also a tale that spans multiple trilogies (not to mention innumerable storylines in the expanded universe), ultimately becoming the central plot of Episodes I-VI.
Shrouded in destiny and mystery, we’re left to ask: who is the man behind the mask? Keep reading to learn some of the wildest facts and behind-the-scenes information about this famous villain.
E pluribus Darth, unum
Darth Vader may be one of the single most iconic film characters in history, but there’s so much more to the man behind the mask.
More specifically, the villain/antihero was played by no fewer than six actors. Starting with young Jake Lloyd in The Phantom Menace, Hayden Christensen in Attack of the Clones and Revenge of the Sith, David Prowse in the original trilogy, Sebastian Shaw after he is unmasked, as well as stunt double Bob Anderson in episodes V and VI, and, of course, the imposing voice of James Earl Jones.
This doesn’t even include the numerous actors who have voiced the character in video games.
Darth Vader only has about 12 minutes of screen time in Star Wars IV: A New Hope. Just goes to show you can make a big impression without hogging the camera.
In fact, given his initial lack of screen time, Vader isn’t ever even the primary antagonist he has come to be remembered as.
Grand Moff Tarkin is the main antagonist of the first film, and the Emperor becomes the real baddie later on. Ultimately, it’s Darth who overthrows the Sith and restores balance to the galaxy… so is he a good guy?
That’s still up for debate. An antihero of sorts, James Earl Jones once said he didn’t believe that Vader truly came back from the dark side of the Force.