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Heroic droid excited about new Star Wars movie

Published måndag 14 december 2015 kl 20.00
"He’s a feisty robot"
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R2-D2 Micke Askernäs
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Micke Askernäs and R2-D2. Photo: Nathalie Rothschild/Radio Sweden

Ahead of the premiere of the seventh Star Wars movie, Radio Sweden speaks to one of the main characters: R2-D2.

There are Star War fans and then there’s Micke Askernäs. He spent over 2,000 hours building a real-size replica of R2-D2, the robot who is a major character in the Star Wars universe.

Askernäs’ robot looks, moves and sounds like R2-D2. “I  built it because it was a technical challenge,” says Askernäs, who is part of a global R2-D2 builders’ club.

Askernäs keeps the robot in his living room, but he also brings him along to Star Wars conventions and to children’s hospitals.

“It’s an amazing thing…. For a brief moment the kids forget that they’re sick…. To them, it’s not a prop, it’s a character. It’s a movie star.”

R2-D2 is due to return in Star Wars: The Force Awakens, which premiers on Wednesday in Sweden. It’s the first installment of the upcoming sequel trilogy, and R2-D2 is just one of two characters, along with C-3PO, to appear in all seven Star Wars movies.

Our journalism is based on credibility and impartiality. Swedish Radio is independent and not affiliated to any political, religious, financial, public or private interests.
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