Everybody needs a little help sometime. Even the Dark Lord of the Sith.
David Prowse, who wore the black cape and helmet of Darth Vader in the original Star Wars trilogy, recently needed to call upon a force of a different kind when his Mercedes (once owned by R2-D2 performer Kenny Baker, by the way) broke down on the M1 highway in Northamptonshire, England.
BBC News reports that the towering, 72-year-old former bodybuilder broke down en route to a reunion of the 501st UK Garrison costuming and charity group. He was intimidated by the speed and sound of passing traffic, so he retreated behind a safety barrier until help could arrive from the highway patrol.
Prowse was only the brawny body of Darth Vader; actor James Earl Jones provided the imposing voice to match.
Ironically, Prowse is also famous for portraying the “Green Cross Code Man,” a superhero character created to teach pedestrian safety to children. He received MBE honors from Queen Elizabeth in 2000 for the public service.