Kenny Baker, the diminutive actor who brought R2-D2 to life died today. An accomplished entertainer, he did not want to be stuffed into a metal can for a movie that everyone thought would be a non-event.
However, they needed him. He was small enough, strong enough, and old enough to work the long hours required. He relented, the rest is history. (Check out the picture)
C3PO: “I don’t think he [Luke Skywalker] likes you.”
C3Po: “No, I don’t like you either.”
But, actually, we all did. Thanks, Kenny. You were a giant in this life—it’ll be even better in the next.