C-3PO’s Amazing Secret Double-Life Outside the Star Wars Films

29 09 2009

By Adam Pawlus

We all have to do things for money. The luckiest of us get to do something we love, the vast majority do things we don’t like or at least don’t mind, and a sad lot do things they hate. And some people, like one character in particular, will do virtually anything for a paycheck, no matter the job. When Star Wars movies weren’t in production, the golden protocol droid remained busy on the big and the small screen, taking odd jobs, doing PSAs, and hawking products the world over; and much like in all six movies, C-3PO was played by the same actor, Anthony Daniels, in every one of these performances, commercials and shills, making them all more legitimate and shameful simultaneously What golden terrors await you in C-3PO’s skeleton closet?

10) Cereal Pitchman

If you have a Saturday morning cartoon, you are going to have a cereal. This was law in 1984, and even golden men from other planets were not immune to the needs of marketers.

“We’ll call them C-3POs.” Will we? Did we spend all day coming up with that one? Anyone can act, but apparently anyone can’t come up with snappy, apt names. And those aren’t “Os,” they’re “8s”. Taking a job like this is the last step before a robot has to sleep in his car by the side of the road. (Don’t pretend you haven’t seen it. Anyone visiting Hollywood has seen Twiki by the underpass and OG Cylons hustling their hip hop mix CDs in front of the Amoeba Records. This is no life for a robot.)

9) Sketch Comic

Before George Lucas contracted the men behind the Muppets for The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi, the Muppets contracted C-3PO in 1979 to translate for R2-D2’s hot street lust on Sesame Street, of all places.

Apparently C-3PO is a comedian. Given that it’s Sesame Street, you might expect singing or dancing, not critiquing R2-D2’s taste in chicks. Or maybe you would expect that. Six million forms of communication aren’t enough to keep a robot employed in matters of protocol and diplomacy.

8) Car Salesman

It’s not uncommon for celebrities to make some mad phat bank by going to Japan and doing a few ads. Brad Pitt has done it, so why not Star Wars‘ resident stud muffin, as in this 1996 Mitsubishi commercial?

He’s fluent in Ewokese, but can he drive stick? (More on C-3PO’s stick momentarily.)

7) Doctor (or Someone Who Plays One on TV)

Fearing his status as the most beloved Star Wars character, C-3PO decided it would be a good idea in 1980 to do a Public Service Announcement to help kids get what they love the most — shots!

Little known fact: R2-D2 beat up C-3PO after doing a spot requesting more homework from Mrs. Yablon because she totally forgot to assign any before the Christmas break. May the Force, long division, and needles be with you!

6) Enabler/Kenner Spokesdroid

If you grew up in the late 1970s or early 1980s, odds are Star Wars toys were part of your life. Seeing them in the store was one thing, but did C-3PO and Chewbacca have to team up for some sort of marketing orgy? (Skip ahead to 0:30 in this one.)

This 1982 video — you can tell because the Empire Strikes Back collection has the last series Empire Strikes Back figures like Hoth Luke and Zuckuss for a grand total of 47 — thus cementing the nerditry of a generation. Kids can’t resist this kind of hard pitch! (Could you? Surely not.) It’s insidious, and surprisingly uncommon in children’s products these days. Who wouldn’t want an AT-AT, Slave I, or Wampa after seeing this spot? Commies, that’s who.

5) Office Assistant


At some point, C-3PO licensed out his good name and good looks to a variety of companies to make numerous licensed products — like the cereal and the toys. But did you know that C-3PO also became a product that encourages you to put something between his legs? It’s true!From
Sigma (who also brought us Landspeeder soap dishes and a super-cool Snowspeeder tooth brush caddy) comes this oddity. Apparently Han called him “Goldenrod” for a reason… but this isn’t the only one.

4) Anti-Smoking Spokesperson

Apparently, C-3PO must have been busted by the Burbank police at some point because, like so many showbiz greats before him, the golden droid has been made to do a PSA against smoking.

As you can see, somehow C-3PO has discovered that R2-D2 is smoking. Presumably to be cool, because let’s face it, R2-D2 is generally considered to be the cool one. It’s a good thing he’s around to let us know he doesn’t approve of such things.

3) Smoker


Nobody likes a hypocrite. It’s like the robot has some sort of oral fixation. Well, at least it’s just cigarettes, surely this won’t turn into something worse that may manifest itself in some public
documentation sold to children, right?

2) Il Porno Star


First: this is real. No, you are not seeing things. Topps (best known for their baseball cards) actually released this bad boy (with his bigger, badder boy) in the 1970s in wax packs of trading cards with a stick of bubble gum which is as fresh today as it ever was. This 1977 trading card was actually distributed in large numbers to unsuspecting kids. Various stories have circulated over the years as to the origin of the image, from a disgruntled employee with an airbrush to the image seen here being the actual unaltered image as taken from the negative provided by Lucasfilm. The corrected card is actually much harder to find, but let’s face it, if you’re going to buy one of the two versions you’re going to want C-3PO as Bwana Dik. (Apologies to the Mothers.)

1) Hack

Nothing lasts forever, and eventually C-3PO, star of three of the most beloved movies of a generation, had to find new work. But what could a robot do? Surely there had to be some film that could use his talents. Thankfully, he soon found work, but not before scraping the bottom of
the barrel in this 1999 clunker.

C-3PO, we understand whipping it out for the cameras back in the 1970s — everybody was doing it — but did you have to appear in this?

This post was found originally on Topless Robot
Source: http://www.toplessrobot.com/2009/09/c-3pos_amazing_secret_double-life_outside_the_star.php

A Wonderful Collection of C-3PO Sound Clips

24 09 2009

I have discovered a website that has a wonderful collection of C-3PO sound clips ready for your enjoyment, and you are able to listen to all of them without having to download any nasty files, all ready to play for your C-3PO and or Star Wars fix.
Here is the list:

Source: http://www.entertonement.com/collections/6088/C-3PO

The C-3PO method for job interviewing

21 09 2009

In this fast paced and economically burdened society, it is only natural for the majority of us to ask ourselves how can we fortify our careers. Do we solidify our current positions? Or should we diversify our experience and resume?


A number of people have asked me this question lately all with the same concerns – they feel their current skill set does not provide them with all the job opportunities they need in order to feel comfortable.

The truth is it is completely possible to land a job without knowing anything at all about the technology or domain for which you are applying for. The only thing you need to prove is your ability to quickly learn and adapt (however, I hope that it is obvious that the less you know the more convincing you will have to be).

Many people are fearful of even applying for positions where they do not meet (or exceed) the requirements of the job description. Pffft I say.

Remember in Star Wars how C-3PO talked himself into the graces of Uncle Owen?

Uncle Owen: You, I suppose you’re programmed for etiquette and protocol.
C-3PO: Protocol? Why, it’s my primary function, sir. I am well-versed in all the customs–
Uncle Owen: I have no need for a protocol droid.
C-3PO: Of course you haven’t, sir. Not in an environment such as this. That is why I have been programmed in–
Uncle Owen: What I really need is a droid who understands the binary language of moisture vaporators.
C-3PO: Vaporators? Sir, my first job was programing binary load lifters very similar to your vaporators in most respects.”
Uncle Owen: Can you speak Bocce?
C-3PO: Of course I can, sir. It’s like a second language to me. I’m a–
Uncle Owen: yeah, alright. Shut up. I’ll take this one.
C-3PO: Shutting up, sir.

There are three simple rules to remember. Master these and you will never be scared of unemployment again.

1. You will never fit the job description 100%

Don’t even get me started on this topic because for some stupid reason employers ask for job skills that even most astronauts don’t possess. Getting hung up in the fact that you don’t fully qualify all the skills is the first stumbling block.

Even if you aren’t their picture perfect candidate, you might be the best for the job out of everyone that applied.

2. Find and flaunt parallel skills

C-3PO didn’t know binary vaporators, but he did know binary load lifters. Don’t know Java? The last 4 years of C# just might be enough to prove you understand it enough.

You would be amazed at how many parallel skills you can draw with what skills are being asked. Really ask yourself, are they asking for an Exchange Server expert or are they asking if I am a capable email administrator that can handle an Exchange server?

3. Shut up

When they decide they like you – shut up. Don’t give up any more information than you need to as it will only hurt you. Just like C-3PO, you might find yourself getting jettisoned if you ramble on.

It is always better to gain new experience and skills; however, do not worry about lacking the knowledge of everything the universe has to offer. Proving that you know how to learn, unlearn, and relearn is the greatest thing you can offer an employer.

This article was originally found here: http://www.codesqueeze.com/what-c-3po-can-teach-you-about-job-security/

My parts are showing. C-3PO suits up.

15 09 2009

This is suiting up C-3PO for Disney. Thanks to Marc Brugger and Brian for helping out.

C-3PO vs. Darth Vader

10 09 2009

A fan clip presented by MookieMovies found on youtube depicting a conversation between the Star wars Characters Darth Vadar and C-3PO the protocol droid. After failing to convert Luke, Vader turns his attention to his other son… C-3PO. This is an excellent addition because it addresses the issue of why Darth Vader never recognized or took notice of C-3PO

Source: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gJ2Fd1iqKyA