I'd worked in Clockwork Orange with Stanley Kubrick and since Stanley was such a prestigious director this opened all sorts of doors for me - one of them being Star Wars.
George Lucas was casting about and had heard favourable things about my work in Clockwork Orange and asked me to come in, which of course I did even though no one knew what the film was about!
I've seen the teaser trailer for Revenge of the Sith though and I think it will be excellent.
My agent set up a meeting with George Lucas. They were casting in England.
The attraction, and my particular participation is in being able to communicate with my fans, answer their questions, get a feel for how they respond to Vader.
Training has been such a huge part of my life and career I hope to keep going with it.
But I must say the work I'm proudest of is the Green Cross Code man.
Actually, the Department of Transport were at one stage going to sack me.
I do remember smiling quite a bit inside it though since I knew it wouldn't be seen on film - so of course while the poor planet is being blown up I'm smiling and laughing like mad!
I'm also involved in the rights of the disabled and do some fundraising for that and I thought it would have been a big boost for the campaign but it couldn't be worked out.
As a director he was not that interested in Vader.
I can't get my head around the fact that the technology of the first two movies, which are forty years prior to Star Wars, is so much better than any technology they had in Star Wars!
So I went to George and told him I had the opportunity to become the figurehead of a government safety campaign, and he agreed to give me the week off and reschedule shooting!
Actually I'm not that involved in the fan site.
I am doing better now though one of my legs is shorter than the other due to the operations.
The ability to destroy a planet is insignificant next to the power of the force.