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The Alec Guinness homage that C-3PO actor Anthony Daniels tried to sneak into Star Wars' Ahsoka show

Star Wars actor Anthony Daniels recalls his Ahsoka cameo, and the Alec Guinness Easter egg he snuck in.

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Remember that C-3PO cameo in Ahsoka episode 7? It turns out that Anthony Daniels’ return as the protocol droid was initially going to be shorter, but the actor thought fans deserved more.

During a spotlight panel at Megacon 2024, Daniels spoke about his surprise appearance on Ahsoka. “About a year ago or whatever, suddenly they (Lucasfilm) rang me up and said, would I be in an episode of Ahsoka. I was thrilled to be asked, and I had the most wonderful time out there in Southern California, it was a beautiful studio. It’s got to be the best episode of Ahsoka ever, just saying.”

Daniels then described the original version of the scene. “Threepio comes in, and there’s a large courtroom scene going on. And here, I did something rather clever.”

Daniels wanted Threepio’s presence to be more impactful, so he spoke with the showrunner about expanding the moment. “Dave Filoni and I had a script conference on Zoom. Basically, the scene was Threepio walks in, says something, and then walks out. If you ever watch that scene again, Threepio comes in at the back of the set, and there were two guards. I came up with a line, which I totally stole from Episode IV with Sir Alec Guinness. I tell the guards, ‘You don’t need to see my identification.’ That was a straight steal.”

Unfortunately, the full line didn’t make it into the final episode, but it still brings a smile to my face knowing that it’s out there somewhere. Maybe the DVD or Blu-Ray release will have it as an extra? Anthony Daniels has been a part of the Star Wars saga since the first movie premiered in 1977, making him somewhat of a franchise custodian. The fact that he’s sneaking in references to departed actors is a sweet touch, and it’s one of the reasons Daniels is the heart of Star Wars.

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Joshua Lapin-Bertone

Joshua Lapin-Bertone: Joshua is a pop culture writer specializing in comic book media. His work has appeared on the official DC Comics website, the DC Universe subscription service, HBO Max promotional videos, the Batman Universe fansite, and more. In between traveling around the country to cover various comic conventions, Joshua resides in Florida where he binges superhero television and reads obscure comics from yesteryear.


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