We know and love David Prowse as the towering form of Darth Vader from the original Star Wars series. But U.K. fans might also know him as the Green Cross Man, a superhero created in the U.K. to teach children to safely cross the road. Fan Daniel Nugent met him in 1983, after a then-8-year-old Nugent won a Green Cross Man coloring contest. The prize, besides meeting Prowse? A bicycle.
Fast-forward to 2017. Prowse announced in September that he was cutting his convention schedule as of January 2018 for health reasons. But one of his final appearances, in early September, was at EM-Con in Bedford, U.K., five minutes from where Nugent happens to live.
Nugent had kept the bicycle, a Raleigh Burner. Nugent told EM-Con, “[S]ince meeting him I've kept that bike in the best condition that I can, and I've always treasured it,”
Of course, Nugent had to take this opportunity to recreate the original photo. Seriously, wouldn’t you?
Although Prowse gripped the handlebar as he did in the original shot, he didn’t hold Nugent as he did in 1983. That would have been awkward.
In a statement that makes fannish hearts everywhere grow three sizes, Nugent said, “[Meeting Prowse in] 1983 was a huge moment in my life; it was brilliant meeting him again, especially with the bike — the two photos now side by side, it’s just amazing. I’ll treasure this moment now forever.”
Thanks to EM-Con for sharing news of this sweet photo shoot.