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Surviving Darth Vader
July 28, 2014 By Steve Eyre
At the wonderful Megacon in Florida this year, I found myself in the surreal position of sitting between Darth Vader and The Incredible Hulk. David Prowse and Lou Ferrigno had adjacent signing tables. I was discussing with David a signing he would be doing for World Of Superheroes when next in the UK. He introduced me to Lou, who, I noticed, kept putting his hand infront of his face when anyone tried to take his picture. I asked him what the problem was and he explained that as well as charging $40 for a signed photo (which cost him a dollar) he also charged $20 if fans wanted a photo with him and considered people were “copping a freebie” by taking long range photos.
We then got into a whole debate with me arguing that as a celebrity in an open hall, he shouldn’t begrudge fans, who have paid good money to get in a few photos. He argued they were taking bread out of his mouth. As things got a little heated, and not wanting him to turn green and rip my head off, I attempted to diffuse the situation with a little levity by saying; “Look Lou, you’re a big guy but Darth Vader here is a friend of mine and he’s got my back so don’t **** with me.” For a second I thought I saw his eyes go green but then he broke into a big smile and patted me on the back.
“How about a picture of you and me?” I said
“Sure,” he replied, “It’s $20.”
I never quite concluded the deal with Dave and when we both returned to Blieutt, he phoned me at home to negotiate. Now I never answer the phone at home. The calls are usually for my wife, or from some idiot telling me I’m entitled to £1,000,000 in compensation from a fund I’ve never heard of, or an even bigger idiot trying to sell me stock in a Costa Rica candy floss mine.
So Mandy always answers the phone and when Dave called, she took great pleasure in shouting from the other room, “It’s Darth Vader on the phone for you.”
We just couldn’t agree on the financials and the last time he spoke I could tell he was a little irate and he ended the call abruptly.
When I put the phone down I felt a tightening in my chest and throat and struggled to breathe properly. Then suddenly I was OK again.
Mandy said it was just an anxiety attack or a mini stroke but I’m not so sure.
A powerful force, the dark side is!
I’ll rack my brain and try and bring you a story of a celebrity I haven’t fallen out with.