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"It’s all about giving R2 a personality, and CGI can never really do that."- Kenny Baker
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Baker and his wife, Eileen, were both actors, appearing together in “Return of the Jedi” in 1983. They were married for 23 years until her death in 1993.
Baker played a number of film roles outside of “Star Wars.” Here, he’s in costume as the dwarf Pick Pocket in the 1982 TV movie “The Hunchback of Notre Dame.” He later said his favorite role was Fidgit, a time-traveling dwarf in the 1981 film “Time Bandits.” “The director Terry Gilliam's such a nutcase, he's so enthusiastic, you can't help enjoy it,” he told the BBC of the film, which starred John Cleese and Sean Connery.