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January 10, 2013

The Force will be strong in the Falls

Niagara Gazette — NIAGARA FALLS, Ont. — The force will be with with the Falls this spring as the Niagara Falls Comic Con has secured “Star Wars” actors Jeremy Bulloch and Dave Prowse as celebrity guests. Although the two have appeared in a wide variety of television and film, they’re both best known as portraying villains as part of the Star Wars Trilogy.

Prowse is most widely known for his role as Darth Vader, the main antagonist in the original Star Wars trilogy. Darth Vader was first introduced in Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope, released in 1977.

The American Film Institute named Darth Vader the No. 3 on-screen villain of all-time in 2003 just behind Hannibal Lecter and Norman Bates. The character has gained much positive reception as a classic film villain, even though his iconic status has made the character a synonym for evil in popular culture

Bulloch on the other hand was asked to play a small part in “The Empire Strikes Back.” The part was none other than Boba Fett, a bounty hunter who worked with Darth Vader to capture and collect a bounty on Han Solo. The phenomenal interest and fan base of the Boba Fett character has grown largely ever since the character’s debut.

“Star Wars is an epic franchise and we couldn’t be more excited to welcome two of the movie trilogy’s most famous villains to Niagara Falls at next year’s Con,” said Chris Dabrowski, co-owner of the Niagara Falls Convention Center. “Star Wars isn’t just a movie saga, it’s a major franchise covering books, television, computer and video games, memorabilia, comic books, toys and more. It’s an absolute monster and we know Star Wars fans from across the Region and beyond will come out to meet the actors who played these two iconic characters.”

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