James Earl Jones decided to go uncredited for his role of voicing Darth Vader because he considered David Prowse’s performance inside the Vader costume to be the more defining of the two performances.

10 Actors Who Went Uncredited For Major Film Roles (And Why)

10. James Earl Jones – Star Wars & The Empire Strikes Back

We’ll kick off the list with one a lot you Star Wars buffs out there may already know: The vocal performance that launched Darth Vader to be one of the most iconic movie characters of all time went uncredited for two whole films.

For the original Star Wars, James Earl Jones asked not to be credited. Part of Jones’s decision was because he considered David Prowse’s performance inside the Vader costume to be the more defining of the two performances. Prowse, after all, had to wear that darn thing and he spoke all of Vader’s lines from inside the helmet. Prowse was told by writer-director George Lucas that all of his dialogue would be re-recorded in post-production, but what Pr… Continue Reading (2 minute read)

9 thoughts on “James Earl Jones decided to go uncredited for his role of voicing Darth Vader because he considered David Prowse’s performance inside the Vader costume to be the more defining of the two performances.”

  1. Chazmer87

    Another great held back by his Bristol accent

  2. erlend65

    “People will recognize that it’s me anyway. No credit needed.”

  3. Bokb3o

    Side note/fun fact: David Prowse played the old man’s buff caretaker near the end of *A Clockwork Orange* when Alex returns to the house he and the droogs ransacked and killed the old man’s wife early in the film.

  4. WangnanJahad

    It’s both. Prowse’s choreography with JEJ’s voice is what makes Vader Vader. When you substitute anything else, you can near instantly tell it isn’t one or the other.

  5. PlainclothesmanBaley

    …he was completely wrong though. Darth Vader is all about the voice.

  6. shitevendor

    And he knew enough about Hollywood to know he wasn’t getting paid either way.
    Edit : Removed a stray word.

  7. cathairpc

    “Alrioight moi luverrrs! Oi foind your lack of faith disturrrbin’ loik Proper job!”

  8. HulkenbergPodium

    Holy fucking shit! You just solved an ancient mystery to me. I bough an old copy of Star Wars on vinyl a lifetime ago. Not a music soundtrack but like an audio book with many of the actual voice lines from the movie. Inside the jacket was a list of credits for all the actors whose voices appeared on the record. David Prowse was credited but not James, despite Prowse having nothing to do with the vinyl version as it was obviously 100% audio.

    I always wondered why the hell that was. Now I know. Neat.

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