Star Wars' Darth Vader has dementia

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The actor who originally played Darth Vader in Star Wars couldn't make a cameo in the new film due to dementia.


Unless you've been living under a rock you're probably aware that a new Star Wars film is set to hit theaters in the coming months.

Could we see a return of uber villain Darth Vader? That remains to be seen, though we know if it happens it won't be actor David Prowse under the iconic black helmet as the 79-year-old is currently dealing with early signs of dementia.

Prowse had hopes of participating in the film though admitted he couldn't have done so even if he wanted to as he'd be unable to remember his lines.

"But it wouldn't have mattered what it was, I would have loved to have done something in it – even if it was just a cameo."

He obviously wouldn't have had a major role in the film so you can't but think a potential cameo wouldn't have been out of the question, especially because he could have appeared without even uttering a line. Still, it doesn't look like the upcoming Star Wars film would have had a spot for him as you can't exactly have a subtle Darth Vader cameo.

If there is some positive to the story it's that David Prowse still remembers a good portion of the things he's been able to in life thanks to the stardom and popularity of Star Wars, though you hope such will remain that way given the terrible nature of the memory loss condition.

It would have been really cool to see the original Darth Vader in the newest Star Wars movie release, but it's not going to happen this go around. Perhaps there will be another and Prowse will get another opportunity before it's too late.

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