This is a fun post to write. Starting out with a random intro, I’m a big Eminem fan, hence the title:
Next, the seeds of this post were planted by this Judgy Bitch Star Wars post.
As any self-respecting Star Wars fan knows, Darth Vader was essentially played by three actors. The physical actor dressed as Vader was british actor/body builder David Prowse. He said he was 6’7″ when he played Vader and weighed roughly 280 pounds – a huge man. The other two who played him were James Earl Jones (voice) and Sebastian Shaw who, for that brief moment in Return of the Jedi, was the face of Anakin Skywalker on his death bed where he redeems himself to his son. But we’ll focus on David Prowse and the metaphor for those with a strong outward fascade trying to make our inner self match that exterior appearance.
Now this is pretty funny, when the real, giant, physical Vader sounds more like Dark Helmet from Spaceballs.
To some degree, especially in the age of constant affirmation from Facebook posts and Instagram photos, we’re all trying to appear cooler or better than we really are. We put on the Vader suit but inside know it’s just an act. As I get older, and continue to grow more comfortable in my own skin, the inside is starting to more closely resemble the outside appearance. Self confidence comes from the foundation of self improvement and finding peace and happiness with who you are right now…not striving to be something in the future. Eventually, the real self (real Vader) will match what is on the screen – where the inner self matches up with the baddass that is the outer self, where it no longer a “fake it til you make it” situation, because you would have actually made it. That’s the goal anyway.