Star Wars fans across the galaxy are today mourning the death of Kenny Baker, the actor who brought life to the lovable droid R2-D2. It isn't just fans who are remembering the actor. Baker's Star Wars co-stars and other celebrities are also sharing their condolences and thoughts on social media.
Mark Hamill shared several photos. Some are of Baker himself, others are of R2-D2 with Hamill, both in an out of character as Luke Skywalker. Hamill and Baker spent a lot of time on screen together, as R2 was Luke's near constant sidekick throughout the original Star Wars trilogy. "Goodbye #KennyBaker A lifelong loyal friend-I loved his optimism & determination He WAS the droid I was looking for!" Hamill wrote on Twitter.
Baker reprised his role as the lovable astromech droid in the Star Wars prequel trilogy, where he worked with the actor who played young Boba Fett, Daniel Logan. Logan tweeted out a photo of himself with Baker, writing, "So sad to hear one of my dearest friends passed away. Rest in peace Kenny Baker. Love you. Will miss you!"
So sad to hear one of my dearest friends passed away. Rest in peace Kenny Baker. Love you. Will miss you! pic.twitter.com/FosdwNysGk— Daniel Logan (@Daniel_Logan) August 13, 2016
Baker also worked on the prequels with young Obi-Wan Kenobi actor Ewan McGregor. McGregor also tweeted a remembrance when he heard the news.
So sorry to hear about this. It was lovely working with Kenny. Kenny Baker, Star Wars R2-D2 actor, dies aged 81 https://t.co/9HW6f3MWZl— Ewan McGregor (@mcgregor_ewan) August 13, 2016
20th Century Fox, the original distributor of Star Wars, tweeted out its condolences, calling Baker "the heart and soul of R2-D2."
Rest in peace, Kenny Baker, the heart and soul of R2-D2. pic.twitter.com/NqOpxotxyK— 20th Century Fox (@20thcenturyfox) August 13, 2016
Of course, it wasn't just the people he worked with whom Baker touched. He inspired others, some of whom became involved with Star Wars, including Pablo Hidalgo of the Star Wars Story Group.
I've made it no secret that R2-D2 was my first Star Wars love. RIP Kenny Baker who helped bring life to my hero.— Pablo Hidalgo (@pablohidalgo) August 13, 2016
Others may not have become a part of the Star Wars universe, but were surely influenced by it and Baker's contributions to it. These include Matt Senreich, co-creator of Robot Chicken (which has featured numerous Star Wars sketches and special episodes), and Edgar Wright, director of the Cornetto trilogy and Scott Pilgrim vs. the World, who included Star Wars and The Empire Strikes Back on the list of his 1000 favorite movies. Both tweeted out their own thoughts on Baker.
RIP Kenny Baker. A man with true heart and who always made me feel part of not only the Star Wars universe but the one we are in now.— Matthew Senreich (@wizmatts) August 13, 2016
RIP R2D2. Farewell Fidget, Time Bandit. Goodbye Mister Kenny Baker. pic.twitter.com/wuiQuCH7g6— edgarwright (@edgarwright) August 13, 2016
UPDATE: Several more celebrities and stars have added their own tweets to the chorus in Kenny Baker's memory, including directors Guillermo del Toro and Kevin Smith, iZombie actor Rahul Kohli, WWE's William Regal, Star Trek Beyond writer/actor Simon Pegg, The Lord of the Rings and Lost actor Dominic Monaghan, Frozen's Josh Gad, and more. See them below.
You brought life to one of my favourite characters, thank you Kenny Baker. Rest in peace. pic.twitter.com/9L53J5rN17— Rahul Kohli (@RahulKohli13) August 13, 2016
Sorry to hear of the passing of Kenny Baker.R2D2 to many,one half of "The Mini Tones" to me. pic.twitter.com/BRilcVDntW— William Regal (@RealKingRegal) August 13, 2016
When I was a kid nothing inspired me more than Star Wars and Time Bandits. Kenny Baker was a big part of both. Alas. https://t.co/NNh8vjU1NN— Gary Whitta (@garywhitta) August 13, 2016
A great one- And, like Napoleon, his stature was measured not from head-to-ground but head-to-sky. A brilliant man. https://t.co/wQMsQ5Sjoz— Guillermo del Toro (@RealGDT) August 13, 2016
Check back here throughout the day, as we'll be keeping this article updated with more thoughts and remembrances of Baker from those he worked with and inspired.
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