There are few characters in cinema history who have quite the impact possessed by Darth Vader. The fan-favorite villain has captivated us ever since he first appeared on screen back in 1977, and to call him merely iconic would be a massive understatement. Because of this, it should come as a surprise to very few people that Ben Mendelsohn had a bit of a freakout when filming scenes with the beloved Sith Lord during the making of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story.
Earlier this month, Ben Mendelsohn and director Gareth Edwards both spoke to the experience of working with Darth Vader during the Rogue One press conference that was held at Industrial Light and Magic headquarters, and they certainly made it sound like it was a seriously intimidating experience. Asked about working with the legendary antagonist on set, Edwards recounted what it was like on the day, and how Mendelsohn wound up being deeply affected by it. Said the director,
Can any of you legitimately say that you would have a different reaction? As cool as it must be to just be a part of the Star Wars universe in general, doing a scene with Darth Vader is a whole different ballgame. Frankly, Ben Mendelsohn deserves a great deal of credit for just being able to keep it together on the level that he did and get the job done.
Personally speaking to the experience, Ben Mendelsohn noted that his time with Darth Vader during the making of Rogue One truly made his inner fanboy scream out, and he noted that he legitimately had a tough time keeping himself composed -- really needing extra time just so that he could get it done right:
Of course, as you might expect, Ben Mendelsohn was hardly the only person working on Rogue One: A Star Wars Story who was deeply affected by the presence of Darth Vander. Not only did Gareth Edwards note that all rehearsals needed to be done out of costume to prevent crazy intimidation, but the character's aura even had the effect of causing the set to go dead quiet whenever he was around. The director explained,
The best news of all is that it won't be long until fans get their own chance to be stunned by the arrival of Darth Vader, as we are now just a few days away from the release of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. The film will be hitting theaters around the world this Friday, December 16th -- and be sure to stay tuned here on Cinema Blend for a whole lot more from out interviews with the cast and filmmakers!