After more than 40 years, Anthony Daniels said goodbye to the original Star Wars saga and it got a bit emotional for everyone.
These days you can barely make a movie trailer for $11 million, but in 1977 that was all it took for George Lucas to turn his vision of a Flash Gordon, samurai space opera into one of the largest movie franchises in history.
Hidden inside the golden suit of his droid alter-ego C-3PO Anthony Daniels has been there every step of the way.
Now, after his last day of filming on Episode IX, Daniels is saying goodbye to the saga he has been apart of for the last four decades.
"Today was 3PO's last on Episode IX," he wrote on Twitter. "He's sad – so am I. But we're so proud to have worked with such a lovely, talented cast & crew lead by J.J. & Kathy."
"I'll miss everyone but I'm glad to know that we've been making something exceptional together, to share with the waiting world."
Today was 3PO's last on Episode IX. He's sad - so am I. But we're so proud to have worked with such a lovely, talen… https://t.co/O2LCbtpvSr— Anthony Daniels (@Anthony Daniels)1548709019.0
Daniels. 72, has appeared as C-3PO in every live-action Star Wars production to date, but 3PO's last day of filming on Episode IX marks the end of his iconic role in the Skywalker saga.
Fans were as emotional as Daniels as they shared grateful goodbyes, thanking Daniels and 3PO for all the memories.
@ADaniels3PO Bittersweet (((Hugs))) #EpisodeIX https://t.co/StK7r6v4yu— Becca Benjamin (@Becca Benjamin)1548715480.0
@ADaniels3PO The end of an era. Can’t wait to see what you do with Threepio in IX. MTFBWY mr. Daniels! https://t.co/Obx7xX7nOE— Noah (@Noah)1548710046.0
@ADaniels3PO @Behemous And thus my emotional breakdown begins https://t.co/9CFmRpbggl— Edgar (@Edgar)1548709346.0
@ADaniels3PO 😭😭😭 https://t.co/fPhqj7Ssif— ed (@ed)1548710089.0
@ADaniels3PO Thank you for everything you have done for this beautiful story George Lucas has created. Your acting… https://t.co/mYu6xUDWFt— Star Wars Theory (@Star Wars Theory)1548801794.0
@ADaniels3PO Much love to you and the crew. And if this should be your last outing, a hearty thank you from yours t… https://t.co/HeN1s5eWt9— Ed Button (@Ed Button)1548709294.0
But after all the bittersweet goodbyes fans remembered they still have Episode IX to look forward to.
@ADaniels3PO 💜 I can't wait to see you both on screen once more this December!— Charlie Ashby (@Charlie Ashby)1548709748.0
@ADaniels3PO #IX #EpisodeIX https://t.co/8oBfpJILmt— Mikey Killmonger (@Mikey Killmonger)1548723781.0
@ADaniels3PO Thank you for your hard work and talent!! We’re all so excited to see 3PO in December!! https://t.co/ArfX6Hh9ZP— Hammie (@Hammie)1548710823.0
@balancedpadawan @ADaniels3PO Bring It Home!. https://t.co/z1ug9ZnY0C— Obi-Wan Kenobi (@Obi-Wan Kenobi)1548728917.0
@ADaniels3PO Can't believe we're nearing the end. https://t.co/Y16vcXCP1w— Rik Villanueva (@Rik Villanueva)1548709805.0
There is no news yet as to whether Daniels will continue to play the well-mannered protocol droid in future Star Wars productions, but fans are hoping this won't be the last they see of 3PO.
@ADaniels3PO I can’t wait to see C-3PO back in action. Thank you for all you’ve added to this fandom for so long. Y… https://t.co/kuzXNwgGpn— Tiff (@Tiff)1548711446.0
@ADaniels3PO Keep the suit handy for Episode X :)— John Hoey (@John Hoey)1548709512.0
@ADaniels3PO Congratulations @ADaniels3PO! You are a legend in your own right and this saga is as C-3PO's as it is… https://t.co/727zOo6b6y— Star Wars con Amigos (@Star Wars con Amigos)1548714160.0
After all, end of an era is a perfect time to start the next one.
@ADaniels3PO When does “C3PO: A Star Wars Story” start filming?— KenXPanthers23 (@KenXPanthers23)1548709085.0