David Prowse is suffering Dementia. He is an English bodybuilder, weightlifter and actor, and hugely known for playing the role of villain Darth Vader (though James Earl Jones voiced the character) is battling this decease and he says that his memory in-fact has been deteriorating.
He has even said if for any reason he was offered a cameo to resurrect the legendary villain for the upcoming seventh episode of the series, “Star Wars: The Force Awakens, they most likely would be no way he could do it. The seventy nine year old told the Britain’s Daily Mirror newspaper that he’s been taking medication for his ailment, however it has been so little help.
“Now I would probably forget my lines,” he says. “But it wouldn’t have mattered what [role] it was, I would have loved to have done something in it – even if it was just a cameo. Sometimes I can’t remember things I did yesterday. That worries me more than not remembering something 20 years ago.
“There’s nothing you can do. They’ve put me on tablets. I don’t feel it working though. I don’t feel I’ve improved at all,” he says. “I don’t feel in any shape or form like I am demented – I’m not staggering around. I’ve never worried about it. It’s other people who noticed it… my wife has probably noticed it more than me.
“I would have loved to have been involved. Of course, Vader got killed off and there was no way back. But the fans ask me if I’m going to be in the new movies and I just say: ‘Sorry, not that I know of’.”
Prowse also suffers from arthritis, he had both hips replaced and he has also battled against prostate cancer, which i remission.
The first teaser trailer for the latest “Star Wars” was released on Wednesday. The film opens Dec. 18, 2015.
When he was a teen, he stood 6 feet 6 inches (198 cm) tall, developing an interest in bodybuilding. Some of his first jobs were a bouncer at a dance hall.
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