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CLOSE ENCOUNTER WITH A REAL STAR WARS VILLAIN
9:30am Monday 25th June 2012 in Bicester
A LONG time ago, in a bookshop far, far away (in Bicester) Dave Prowse, above left, signed copies of his long-awaited autobiography.
And the towering actor who played Darth Vader in George Lucas’s classic science fiction trilogy certainly did not disappoint his fans.
He may have left the famous mask at home but Mr Prowse was clearly still in character as he re-enacted his alter ego’s famous choke grip on thrilled Logan Hall, seven, right, from Caversfield.
Mum Virginia Hall said Logan was delighted to meet the actor at Cole’s Bookstore with sister Marley, three.
She said: “He is a huge Star Wars fan.
“Everything in his room is Star Wars, every book we get out is Star Wars.
“Logan dressed up as Chewbacca for Halloween and wouldn’t take the costume off for days. The films have really stood the test of time. I remember watching them as a kid, and now he loves them too.”
Mrs Hall said Mr Prowse — who was flanked by storm troopers as he signed copies of Straight from the Force’s Mouth — was quick to remind Logan not try the choke grip at home.
Logan said: “He’s the first famous person I have met. Mr Prowse made looking a villain really cool.”