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In The Empire Strikes Back, is that the back of David Prowse's head that we see in the hyperbaric chamber before Darth Vader is fitted with his mask?

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I seriously doubt it. There is no reason it would have to be him. His height / stature is irrelevant to this shot without other characters around for perspective. Also, special make-up effects shots like this often do not need the actor, since their likeness is meaningless in this context. – Meat Trademark Nov 13 '13 at 2:34
@MeatTrademark ... for that matter, it could also be just a prop and not a real person at all. – Pᴀᴜʟsᴛᴇʀ2 Nov 13 '13 at 13:23
@Paulster2 I already made that point. "...special make-up effects shots like this often do not need the actor..." I said you didn't need the actor. Not sure how that was not clear. – Meat Trademark Nov 13 '13 at 16:10
@MeatTrademark ... yes you said that, but it implies it is a different actor. ( "... often do not need the actor ..." not an actor) My point is, as stated, it doesn't even require that. – Pᴀᴜʟsᴛᴇʀ2 Nov 13 '13 at 17:18
Why isn't this closed... pure trivia question – Tom Dec 5 '13 at 21:03

Yes, it was Dave Prowse playing Vader in that scene. He had the prosthetics adhered to the back of his head for the shoot.

Here is a rare photo of Dave on set in the meditation chamber - I believe it comes from the recent J. Rinzler 'making of' book.

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I'm not sure about Empire (it may have been Bob Anderon), but the unmasked Darth Vader (Return of the Jedi) is not played by David Prowse. The actor in question there is Sebastian Shaw.

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