You'd better think twice before asking Frank Oz to do Yoda

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Dec 17, 2012

Over the years, Frank Oz has won us over as the man behind some of history's greatest puppets. There's Cookie Monster, Bert, Grover, Fozzie Bear, Miss Piggy and, of course, Yoda, everyone's favorite pint-size Jedi master. Just like all of us, Oz loves the iconic Star Wars character, but if you ever meet him you should know he's got one simple rule: He won't do the voice.

Oz is due to be honored this week with a lifetime achievement award from the Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror Films (which gives out the Saturn Awards every year). Speaking to the LA Times ahead of the ceremony, he explained why he doesn't just bust out the Yoda voice (or the voices of his other characters) any time a fan asks him.

"You wouldn't parade your kids around like that, would you?" he said. "They're part of me. I won't use them as a party favor to impress people."

Oz also discussed when he first met the character during the making of The Empire Strikes Back. With a little help from his friend and mentor Jim Henson, who helped George Lucas with the puppet technology to make Yoda, he quickly found the voice and personality of the secluded Jedi.

"With Yoda, it was right away—I picked him up and immediately knew who he was," Oz said. "I have no idea why."

So remember, if you ever encounter Oz, feel free to tell him you love Yoda, but don't ask him to tell you "There is no try."

(Via Hero Complex)

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