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Proto 3P0
The Robot from Fritz Lang's Metropolis

"Back when I was doing the initial concept artwork for Star Wars, George had photographs of the Metropolis robot, which he said he'd like C-3P0 to look like, except that I should make it a boy."

- Ralph McQuarrie


Concept painting by Ralph McQuarrie
Star Wars producion painting by Ralph McQuarrie

"When I was first auditioning for the role of C-3P0, I saw Ralph McQuarrie's painting.  I really related to that image.  I thought it was a beautiful picture and a beautiful character."

- Anthony Daniels


"I originally envisioned C-3P0 without all the joints and everything.  It was more streamlined, a ballet-like figure, very elegant.  I like restrained elegance.
C-3P0 concept sketch by Ralph McQuarrie "If you look at my drawing, I never did solve the eyes.  I just had little holes drilled in this metal mask.  When John Barry was brought on as production designer, he and George and I had a little meeting.  I had brought some of my drawings and paintings, and John was looking through them, and he looked at Threepio and immediately made a little thumbnail sketch of Threepio's head with big round eyes.  It was perfect."

- Ralph McQuarrie



C-3P0 in Episode IV

C-3P0 concept sketch by Doug Chiang

"The initial idea in Phantom Menace was to give Threepio an automotive-type substructure.

"George later thought this might be a little too structured and wanted him disassembled even more."

- Doug Chiang

C-3P0 in Episode I

R2-D2 and C-3P0 in Episode II

"He starts out as a droid.  He ends up as a droid.  He has a very unhappy droid life inbetween."

- George Lucas


C-3P0 in Episode II C-3P0 and R2-D2 in Star Wars
 
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