Best known as: The rolling android sidekick to C-3P0 in the Star Wars films
R2-D2 is the short, dome-topped "droid" (robot) in the popular Star Wars
film series created by George Lucas
. R2-D2 and his sidekick C-3P0
were a hit in the original film Star Wars
(1977), where they served as comic relief as they aided heroes Princess Leia (Carrie Fisher
) and Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill
). According to the storyline, R2-D2 is an "astromech droid" from the planet of Naboo, where he first served Queen Amidala (Natalie Portman
). R2-D2 is operated by diminutive actor Kenny Baker
According to Kenny Baker’s official site, “R2-D2 was named when a technician from American Graffiti asked Lucas for reel number 2, dialogue track number 2″… Another astromech droid, BB-8, made its debut in the 2015 film Star Wars: The Force Awakens.
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