I just read an article that outlined the paycheques that some of the actors from the original Trilogy received for being in the films.
Surprisingly I found out that Dave Prowse, who played the role of Darth Vader in A New Hope, The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi, wasn’t even paid at all! This was allegedly due to due to “extremely ‘creative’ Hollywood accounting”. This means he got letters from Lucasfilm stating that the movies never made any money and therefore they had nothing for him.
Now, I’m not one to normally comment on these types of articles, but I have to say this…Bullshit! I simply don’t believe that Dave Prowse was dumb enough to suit up for all three films and not get paid. After A New Hope was filmed, you have to believe that in order for him to reprise his role, he would have put his foot down and simply stated that he’s not working for free.
Okay, yes they could have threatened to replace him, but I’m certain that by now he would have said something to the media regarding not being paid. Interestingly enough he doesn’t even mention it on his official website either.
Personally, Dave, I would have done it for free, but then that’s just an extreme fan talking. I hope you did get paid though! May the Force be with You!