Mu­sic video is Darth Vader star’s fi­nal role

Glamorgan Gazette - - News - DAVID OWENS david.owens@waleson­

DARTH Vader has made his last on-screen ap­pear­ance with a star­ring role in the new mu­sic video from Brid­gend rock mu­si­cian Jayce Lewis.

The man who played the iconic vil­lain in the orig­i­nal Star Wars tril­ogy has starred in his fi­nal ever pro­duc­tion af­ter re­tir­ing from all pro­fes­sional and pub­lic ap­pear­ances, due to ill health.

Now 82, Dave Prowse has gone in front of the cam­era one last time for his good friend and long­time col­lab­o­ra­tor – Jayce Lewis – fit­tingly in a sci-fi themed video.

The pair – who Dave de­scribes as hav­ing a re­la­tion­ship “like fa­ther and son” – filmed the video for Jayce’s new sin­gle Shields at a 315,000sq ft ware­house near Port Tal­bot.

They met at a Star Wars con­ven­tion al­most 20 years ago and, af­ter dis­cov­er­ing a shared in­ter­est in mu­sic, Dave later be­came Jayce’s man­ager and busi­ness part­ner.

“It’s a nice re­la­tion- ship, which has gone on for years,” said Dave of his part­ner­ship with Jayce, 32.

“It’s nice to have com­mon in­ter­ests. We have known each other for so long it’s like fa­ther and son work­ing to­gether.”

In the mu­sic video, Dave, who brought the most pop­u­lar movie vil­lain in his­tory to life, plays a men­ac­ing govern­ment chief in charge of a se­cret ex­per­i­ment which opens a por­tal to an­other world and un­leashes en­ergy which he and his stooges strug­gle to con­trol. That en­ergy in­cludes Jayce, 32, from Ken­fig Hill.

Trans­ported into our realm from a par­al­lel uni­verse, Jayce strug­gles to free him­self from the tyranny of his op­pres­sor – played by Dave – who is none too pleased with the turn of events.

Jayce, who also built and runs his own mu­sic stu­dio called North­stone just out­side Brid­gend, said the plot mir­rors strug­gles he has had within the mu­sic in­dus­try and also the wider is­sues of govern­ment con­trol of in­di­vid­u­als.

Now with a new ma­jor la­bel and back re­leas­ing mu­sic un­der his own name, in­stead of that of for­mer band Protafield, Jayce – who has col­lab­o­rated with icons in­clud­ing Gary Nu­man, Queen drum­mer Roger Tay­lor and gui­tarist Brian May – said he wants to show the world how he’s back on track.

Hav­ing al­ready scored a num­ber one al­bum in Asia, Jayce – who codi­rected his lat­est video with friend Richard Starkey – said: “This is get­ting my iden­tity back and re­leas­ing the first sin­gle back un­der my solo name. My men­tor Dave Prowse has stuck by me through thick and thin.

“It’s a weird feel­ing as it’s Dave’s fi­nal ap­pear­ance and a very poignant mo­ment for me. If you had told me as a kid that Darth Vader’s last ap­pear­ance would be in a mu­sic video of mine I wouldn’t have be­lieved you.”

From cast­ing Dave in the lead­ing role to com­ing up with the plot, Jayce has taken a hands-on ap­proach to this lat­est project.

The set – which was ac­tu­ally John Pye Auc­tions on Ken­fig In­dus­trial Es­tate – was pro­vided by a fan and an­other friend of Jayce’s, Adam Pye.

“Every video I have done has been within five miles of my house,” said Jayce.

As for Dave he said: “Me and Jayce have been plan­ning to work to­gether in a mu­sic video for years and fi­nally he did one that made sense for me.

“I won’t be do­ing any­more on screen work af­ter this, so I guess it makes this video a lit­tle some­thing ex­tra for the fans. I’m in long ad­mi­ra­tion of Jayce and his work, we make a good team.

“May the force be with us!”

Darth Vader ac­tor Dave Prowse makes his fi­nal on-screen ap­pear­ance – in a video with Brid­gend mu­si­cian Jayce Lewis

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