Darth Vader Had Emotional Problems ... Ya Think?
Written By: Ken Hulsey
I think that it is safe to assume that Darth Vader (aka Anakin Skywalker) may have had a few 'issues'.
He left his mother at a tender age to join the Jedi only to seek her out as a teen, he finds her after she was captured by Sandpeople then she dies in his arms. He got a little upset and went on a killing spree. He always thought that his fellow Jedi were holding him back so he turned to the dark side and slaughters his comrades, kills his own wife and tries to barbecue his best friend and mentor only to end up becoming a half-machine half-man monster with a bad Asthma problem.
Most people may be a little off center after experiencing stuff like that.
Now some bored French researchers have spent some quality time watching the "Star Wars" films over and over again with pen and paper in hand to figure out just what was eating at the elder Skywalker.
Their conclusion, Vader continually displayed six of the nine criteria for borderline personality disorder.
Borderline personality disorder? Borderline? Um ... the guy used to like to choke people for fun.
What were the signs doc? Well according to the French, Vader suffered from extreme mood swings, had unstable relationships and was easily influenced by others, namely Emperor Palpatine. Oh, and his use of the dark side of The Force could have been like an addiction to medication or hard-core drugs for Vader.
The researchers that conducted the evaluation of the 'Dark Lord of the Sith' concluded that if the Jedi had gotten the young Anakin Skywalker some therapy he probably wouldn't have turned to evil and may have had a relatively 'normal' Jedi life. You know, gone fishing with Obi Wan and Yoda, celebrated Life Day on Naboo with his in-laws and family, taught Luke and Leia how to fly a speeder or use a lightsaber to promote peace, and helped Jar Jar with his English.
Sort of Norman Rockwell in an intergalactic way.
Why would a bunch of French doctors waste valuable time and money to put a fictional character on a hypothetical couch? Well to promote awareness of BPD (borderline personality disorder) and teach young psychology students to understand and diagnose the symptoms of this serious problem that effects both men and women.
Now, analyzing Darth Vader seems like a relatively easy one, try The Joker from the "Batman" comics. Now that would be a challenge worthy of French psychologists!
Oui he is a crazy clown person no? Le bonkers ... homicidal no?
Peter Cushing – The Good Man Behind Evil Characters
Although Peter Cushing has had a remarkable career portraying deadly characters in horror movies, he is a decidedly unsinister person off-screen. As greatly loved for his gentleness by his co-workers as he is loved for his evil ways by horror movie cultists.
Carrie Fisher says, “I like Peter Cushing so much that it is almost impossible for me to feel the hatred I need to act against him.”
Cushing is delighted, but not overwhelmed by the enthusiasm his name brings to members of the vast horror film audience. “I have no deep personal interest in the horror genre, but I do enjoy making films.”
When asked about his technique for personifying evil, Cushing explains, “I don’t think Peter Cushing is all that much like Dr. Frankenstein. But the challenge to the actor is enormous in these strange, weird parts, and I like that. The depth of such roles rests in combination of one’s own imagination and the ways in which one looks on a particular character.
“I don’t mind being a horror film star. That would be like socking a gift horse in the face. And no one wants to see me do HAMLET, but millions want to see me as Dr. Frankenstein. Audiences are the most important thing to an actor. I have been awfully lucky in the amount of work I’ve been able to do. However, I don’t think people should be called comedy actors or horror actors. They’re just actors.”
As an actor away from horror films, Peter Cushing’s credentials are quite substantial. On British television he starred in GASLIGHT, THE BROWNING VERSION, and THE WINSLOW BOY – “Every one a winner and every part superb, “ Cushing notes, “which is a great help to an actor because once you’ve got a good part in a good play, you have to be very bad to fail.”
It was Cushing’s success on television that led him to starring in the popular series of horror films produced by Hammer Productions. “I heard they were considering a remake of FRANKENSTEIN. I remember like the earlier version with Karloff playing the monster and Colin Clive as Frankenstein, so I rang up my agent, who informed Hammer I was keen to work with them. I had no idea what I was beginning, though I soon found out that everything I did afterwards was described as a horror film, even the SHERLOCK HOLMES film I did.
“I think what I do is more fantasy than anything else. People enjoy being scared that way. It allows them to purge themselves of worries. They don’t have to worry about Dracula in their private lives, but they do have to worry about muggers and thugs on the streets after they come out of the theatres.
“The horror movies give so much pleasure. And that’s what filmmaking is all about, isn’t it? That’s why I wanted to do STAR WARS. It’s a fantasy. People can experience emotions watching STAR WARS that they can’t experience in their ordinary lives,” Cushing said.
“Certainly I want to do other things than Horror films and play villains. I enjoyed playing in Laurence Olivier’s production of HAMLET. But I hope there are Dracula and Frankenstein films I can play in a wheelchair when I get old. Give up playing Van Helsing in DRACULA? Over my dead body.”
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