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Monday, January 14, 2013

George Lucas Offered the Role of Darth Vader to Toshiro Mifune Back in 1977?

 We all know that George Lucas is a big fan of Akira Kurosawa and that he even offered the role of Obi Wan to Japanese actor Toshiro Mifune. Now 36 years later Toshiro Mifune's daughter spoke of an even more interesting offer that her father had. Read after the break.

According to a famous bit of Star Wars trivia, Lucas even wanted actor Toshiro Mifune, who starred in many Kurosawa films, to act in Star Wars. The trivia, which has been repeated for years now, says that Lucas tried to get Mifune to play Obi-Wan Kenobi—something that Lucas confirmed. The choice makes sense. But what if Lucas wanted Mifune to play another character?
This weekend on world history quiz show, Toshiro Mifune's daughter, Mika Mifune, recounted how her famous father was first asked to play Obi-Wan Kenobi—an offer he turned down.
Then, Mika continued, Mifune was offered the role of Darth Vader. The villain's helmet was apparently designed with Mifune in mind, and if Mifune had taken the role, his face supposedly would have been visible. The inference is that Lucas really wanted the famed Japanese actor in his movie. But Mifune thought the sci-fi flick was going to be a kid's movie, hence him passing on the project.

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