Some actors don't seem to mind being typecast. That's the case with Anthony Daniels, who has played C-3PO from Star Wars in 11 feature films and counting. But he hasn't always played the protocol droid that can speak over 6,000,000 languages (including Bocce!).
According to his IMDb profile, Daniels has appeared on the big screen three times without his golden suit. So to celebrate his 71st birthday today, take a look at those lesser-known roles from Anthony Daniels' filmography.
One year after appearing as C-3PO for the first time on screen, Daniels starred in the Dutch feature film 'Bruges-la-Morte' ('The Dead City of Bruges'). Based on the 1892 symbolist novel of the same name by Georges Rodenbach, the film tells the story of Paul (Daniels) whose random encounter with a dancer that looks just like his deceased wife takes him on a nightmarish journey through the Belgian city's seedy underbelly.
Unfortunately, we can't find any clips of the film online. But you can check out the trippy trailer on Amazon. And if you want to see what Bruges looks like, check out this clip from another famous movie set there.
2. 'The Lord of the Rings'
Long before Orlando Bloom picked up his bow and played Legolas in Peter Jackson's 'Lord of the Rings' trilogy, Anthony Daniels portrayed the woodland elf in the 1978 animated movie directed by Ralph Bakshi.
That version took a few liberties with the character that diehard fans of J.R.R. Tolkien would probably freak out about. Bakshi's LOTR merged Legolas and Glorfindel into one character. And instead of haling from Mirkwood as in J.R.R. Tolkien's books, the animated Legolas is one of Elrond's elves from Rivendell.
3. 'I Bought a Vampire Motorcycle'
What is a vampire motorcycle, you ask? According to the distorted voiceover in the trailer for the 1990 horror flick, "Most good motorcycles run on gasoline. This is a bad motorcycle. It runs on blood."
Basically, a biker gang kills an occultist during a satanic ritual, and his soul gets trapped in a motorcycle that seeks revenge against outlaw cyclists. If you're a comic book geek, 'I Bought a Vampire Motorcycle' will probably seem like a cheap knockoff of Marvel's 'Ghost Rider'. Except that ongoing series didn't feature Anthony Daniels as a priest trying to exorcize the possessed cycle.
Check out what happens when he sprinkles holy water on the seat in the film's trailer.
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