I’ve waxed poetic and nostalgic over Star Wars during the course of the blog. I’ve shared how much it means to me, and how much it has impacted me. How much it has been such a part of my life, and continues to help define it.
To say that I love Star Wars is like saying I love mashed potatoes. I doesn’t quite cover the gambit of feelings I have for it. Since I first saw it, up to and including beyond the moment that you read this, I have been fascinated not only by the films and the worlds they portray but the creativity and imagineering that went into bringing them to life.
I’ve read the novelisations, the old canon, the new canon, the comics and as many of the behind the scenes books that I could get my hands on. I can’t seem to want to know enough about the making of the Star Wars films and television series that have sprung up around it. Not to mention all the ancillary products as well.
And now, comes a behind the scenes look from one of the most iconic characters. Released by DK Canada, Anthony Daniels gives us his perspective on the entire Star Wars series from his unique view, all captured in his autobioraphy, I Am C-3PO.
Daniels brings his storyteller personality to the page, letting you revel in his wit, and recall as his history with one of the largest film franchises ever is doled out. With a sense of immediacy, tempered with hindsight, the stream of conciousness style put me very much in mind of attending one of his convention talks. There are little asides, tangents, and a wonderful sense of honesty as Daniels takes us through the horrors of being trapped in a costume that he couldn’t get out of, his struggle for recognition, and his growing affection for the golden droid.
It’s a very enjoyable and informative read, and lets even those who know the history of the films, and their making discover something new. Daniels’ thoughts from within the protocol droid’s shell.
There’s a hint of what is to come as the Skywalker Saga closes with The Rise of Skywalker, but it is Daniels’ purity of character and honesty in his storytelling that truly engages. He shares tidbits of information, allows for new ways to look at classic moments, and reminds us of all the things that go into making a film, the beauty of the final product is augmented (yet again) by this new look from one of the series’ most prominent, and enduring characters.
And thanks to DK Canada, I was afforded some time to sit down and chat with Daniels about his new autobiography, as well as his history with Threepio. I was delighted to find he was this wonderful gentleman, who is more than happy to sit and chat with you over a cuppa.
Check it out here! and pick up a copy of I Am C-3PO for yourself, and the Star Wars (and film) fans in your life. I Am C-3PO: The Inside Story by Anthony Daniels is available now from DK Books!