Which Star’s Height Added $150,000 To Star Wars Set Construction Costs?
Answer: Liam Neeson
Many of the actors that have populated the Star Wars universe over the last forty years can boast rather exceptional heights. David Prowse, the British actor inside Darth Vader’s suit, was an impressive 6 ft 6 in tall. Peter Mayhew, the actor inside the Chewbacca costume, was a towering 7 ft 1/4 in tall.
None of the towering actors from the original trilogy, however, incurred any additional expenses as a result of their heights since the sets were full scale and quite analog. When it came time to film the prequel films, starting with The Phantom Menace in the late 1990s, one actor’s height did add quite a bit of change to the bill.
Liam Neeson played the role of Jedi Master Qui-Gon Jinn and, at 6 ft 4 in, was the tallest actor on set. The sets were built to be only slightly taller than the actors (the rest of the sets were filled in using computer graphics) and the extra inches Neeson boasted over his set mates added a whopping $150,000 worth of labor and materials to the set budget for The Phantom Menace.