(Warning — the following contains a minor, already-trailer-teased SPOILER for Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens. Proceed with whatever level of caution that suggests to you is wise...)
Now, there are a whole lot of theories swirling around the still-very-much-in-theaters Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens, ranging from the plausible (those related to Rey's parentage, say) to the distinctly unlikely (anything to do with Boba Fett, Jar Jar Binks, or beloved characters from the Expanded Universe). What we weren't expecting, though, is the suggestion that a certain key prop within the movie was, in fact, not what it was purported to be.
It Seems Darth Vader's Helmet Wasn't the Real One
Remember how Kylo Ren so lovingly kept Vader's very badly burned helmet safe, even keeping it company with his fundamentally distressing personal crises?
Well, according to the man best known for actually donning the mask himself, Dave Prowse, that wasn't actually Darth's helmet. Or, at least, it wasn't the helmet that we saw burned at the end of Return of the Jedi:
Which raises one really important question:
Was Kylo Ren's Vader Helmet Actually A Fake?
Well, short answer? Probably not. It's far more likely that the production team on The Force Awakens simply wasn't inclined to use the original helmet (or, perhaps, didn't have access to it) and instead chose to craft the far more menacing version that we saw in the final movie.
It's still pretty intriguing, though, to imagine a scene in Episode VIII or IX where Luke confronts Kylo Ren with the actual helmet (which you can imagine he may well have kept safe somewhere), and points out that the villain has been worshiping a cheap prop that Snoke commissioned from a random Rodian metalworker.
It's not likely to ever actually happen, of course, but even so...
What do you think, though?