Old Republic players will hold a memorial service for Darth Vader actor David Prowse •

A minute of silence … followed by a lightning dance party.

Last weekend there was sad news for Star Wars fans. David Prowse, known for physically portraying Darth Vader in the original movie trilogy, died on November 28 and was 85 years old. Still, many Star Wars players mark the opportunity in a fairly healthy way by gathering in-game and keeping a minute of silence for the actors.

As you can see in the video below, dozens of players gathered in the Sith capital, Dromandkars, to remind them of Prows last night. Many players kneel down the character with respect. The majority (with the exception of one guild recruiter as usual) seemed to be able to keep the silence, which ended with applause. “Thank you very much. No one is really gone,” said player Gemory, closing the moment of silence.

But after the solemn service, players launched fireworks, put out lightsaber, had a boogie, and things got a little more noisy. Of course, with the fair help of Sith lightning.

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Prior to assuming the role of Darth Vader, Prows was a heavyweight weightlifting champion. His impressive physique and fitness training played a role in movies such as A Clockwork Orange (1971) and in many BBC productions, including Doctors. Who (1972), as you like (1978), and the Galactic Hitchhiker’s Guide (1981). He is also known for playing Green Cross Codeman, a superhero used in children’s road safety campaigns in the 1970s, and was awarded an MBE in 2000 for his philanthropic and road safety contributions. it was done.

The West Country accent of Prouse meant that the role of voice actor given to James Earl Jones meant that he was considered inappropriate for speaking out Darth Vader. Nonetheless, his menacing presence and physicality brought Vader a real sense of horror. In response to news of Prouse’s death, George Lucas said Prouse had “an impressive height and movement performance comparable to Vader’s presence and undercurrent” (via the BBC).

Right, Prows with a new set of hope. Image via Sunset Boulevard / Corbis, Getty Images.

SWTOR players have previously provided similar services for other Star Wars actors, including a homage to Carrie Fisher in 2016 and a memorial service to Chewbacca actor Peter Mayhew, who died last May. It’s a great way to remember the work of an actor, who was a childhood icon for many. It’s a sad opportunity, but it’s great to see the community react in this compassionate way.

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