A fun throwback photo posted on Star Wars Day shows legendary director and friend of George Lucas, Steven Spielberg, dressed up as Darth Vader.
A Star Wars photo shows Steven Spielberg dressed up as Darth Vader. Both Spielberg and Vader are icons in cinema for very different reasons. Spielberg has won four Academy Awards and is famously known for his work as a movie director. Darth Vader never won any awards during his tenure as a feared Sith Lord, but his impact on the galaxy at large was legendary.
Darth Vader, of course, was a character created by Spielberg’s fellow iconic director and good friend, George Lucas. Lucas created Star Wars back in the ’70s and created iconic characters like Darth Vader in his screenplay for 1977’s A New Hope. Vader’s tragic downfall as the former heroic Jedi ,Anakin Skywalker and his redemption in Return of the Jedi has cemented Vader as one of the most iconic villains in movie history. Lucas intended for Anakin to bring balance to the Force, but he could only do so after embracing the light and dark side of his soul. Spielberg has given creative input on several crucial scenes in the Star Wars films over the years.
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Amblin, the official film and television production company founded by Spielberg himself, posted a great throwback photo in honor of Star Wars Day. The image features Spielberg in full Darth Vader regalia, complete with a witty caption. Check out the throwback image below:
Although it’s unknown what year this photo was taken, it’s still great regardless. What makes the photo even better is the fact that Amblin actually tagged Mark Hamill in the post after including the hashtag, “Luke I could have been your father.” Would Darth Vader have followed a different path if he had a supportive friend and creative collaborator like Lucas does with Spielberg? Fans might argue that Obi-Wan was in fact that supportive friend, but Obi-Wan’s friendship/pseudo father-son and or brother-brother relationship with Anakin didn’t help either of them in the long run.
Spielberg did assist Lucas with some of the moments during Yoda’s duel with Palpatine in 2005’s Revenge of the Sith. Ten years later, Spielberg was the one to suggest that J.J. Abrams direct 2015’s The Force Awakens. Both Spielberg and Lucas have also utilized legendary composer John Williams for many of their films overall. Spielberg and Lucas also correctly predicted that streaming was the future of the film industry back in 2013.
Although Spielberg has never officially directed a Star Wars film, and Lucas sold Lucasfilm to Disney in 2012, the two men have obviously made their everlasting mark on the entertainment world overall. There are a myriad of iconic movie moments and characters that exist thanks to Lucas and Spielberg. The force has always been strong with Lucas and Spielberg, and Darth Vader is just one mark in a legacy that will never burn out.
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