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Before & After: Star Wars

It been over 35 years since A New Hope stunned audiences worldwide and cinema has changed a lot since then. Incidentally, so have the actors who made up the famous cast of George Lucas‘ first three Star Wars films.

So, who’s been the most successful? And who’s still clinging to their fame from the 1970s? Find out below…

Mark Hamill

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Probably the best way to make a film debut, Mark Hamill hit the screens in 1977 as Luke Skywalker: farmer boy turn Jedi hero. After no more real film success, Hamill took to voice acting, most notably in the recent Xbox 360/Playstation 3 game Batman: Arkham Asylum and Arkham City, in which he voiced the Joker.

Carrie Fisher

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Like the rest, she was propelled to fame by Star Wars but has suffered mentally and physically since the films. She is open about her struggle with bipolar disorder as well as prescription drug addiction. Nevertheless, Fisher has been in numerous TV shows and films including When Harry Met Sally and Smallville. She has also written books about her life including Wishful Drinking, which was adapted into a successful stage show.

Harrison Ford

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Cast as the coolest cat in the galaxy far far away, Harrison Ford was shot to stardom with his role as Han Solo. Arguably the most famous out of the bunch, Ford starred in numerous films such as The Fugitive, Blade Runner and also the iconic Indiana Jones.

Peter Mayhew

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Unphased by typecasting, Mayhew continued his career as Chewbacca by making a living from it. He has made numerous appearances as Solo’s furry friend and the 7-foot actor continues to this day.

James Earl Jones

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His iconic voice spans more films than just Star Wars, but perhaps his most well known is that of Darth Vader. Starring in numerous films, his most prolific is perhaps Lion King, as the voice of Mustafa. Earl Jones continues to work in many areas of entertainment to this day, including an appearance on Two and A Half Men.

Anthony Daniels

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The man behind the gold plated cyborg, Daniels’ iconic performance was replicated in all six of the Star Wars films. And he stuck to what he was best at, voicing in numerous Star Wars console games (The Force Unleashed), television series (Droids) and CGI films (The Clone Wars).

Kenny Baker

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As well as Anthony Daniels, Kenny Baker is the only actor to appear in all six of the franchise’s films. In a 2011 interview, he informally came out about his friction with Daniels: “He thinks he was the greatest gift to Lucas and I was merely a nobody operating a robot’s controls and didn’t contribute anything from an acting perspective.”

And with these reassuring words from Ford “It’s not in the bag yet, but I think it’s happening” regarding his involvement in the new Star Wars film and also Hamill and Fisher’s returns heavily rumoured, it’s only a matter of time before we see them back on the big screen, fighting the Empire once again. We’ll leave you with a recent interview with Harrison Ford proving that even all these years later there are still a few grudges that were frozen in carbonite along with Han Solo.

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Jack Amor

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[FEATURES EDITOR] Jack Amor is a full-time Star Wars enthusiastic, full-time film lover and part-time student. He likes to write about anything to do with cinema, but mainly thrillers, epics and a little bit of sci-fi. Jack hopes one day that someone will make a film about him, although it wouldn’t be very interesting.