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'It's awesome!' - Darth Vader actor Spencer Wilding on his Star Wars role

Spencer Wilding appeared in costume as Darth Vader in Rhyl

Actor Spencer Wilding has spoken for the first time about playing Darth Vader in the new Star Wars film 'Rogue One'.

The film - telling the events leading up to the 1977 original - is a worldwide smash.

Watch: Spencer speaks to ITV Wales' Rob Shelley:

Wilding spoke to ITV Wales as he attended a special screening of the film in his home town of Rhyl.

I've got so much love for this town, and all the surrounding towns.

This character has got so much presence - it's unbelievable. I'm just one small element of Star Wars. It's a massive production, and it takes a lot to bring the magic of that film. It's just awesome.

– Spencer Wilding
Spencer Wilding meets some young fans

As before, Darth Vader's speaking voice is provided by James Earl Jones.

Actor Dave Prowse wore the Vader suit in the original trilogy.

Wilding said he and actor Daniel Naprous - who played Vader in other scenes - went to great effort to keep the performance as authentic possible.

We studied the movements of Darth Vader.

We had a trainer who got it bang on. We wanted to keep it 'Darth Vader!'

It's every actor's dream. I'm still pinching myself!

– Spencer Wilding