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So last Tuesday, Lucasfilm Ltd. sent Darth Vader to ring the opening bell of the New York Stock Exchange, as a representative of “the lasting appeal of the Star Wars saga.” The Associated Press has video. R2-D2 was also there! Ringing the opening bell is a […]

So last Tuesday, Lucasfilm Ltd. sent Darth Vader to ring the opening bell of the New York Stock Exchange, as a representative of “the lasting appeal of the Star Wars saga.” The Associated Press has video. R2-D2 was also there!

Ringing the opening bell is a peculiar honor that’s gone to a strange assortment of celebrities and other notable figures. Just a brief assortment follows…

Last August, Hasbro execs and G.I. Joe cast members gave it a whack:

Former Cheetah Girl Sabrina Bryan got her chance in January 2009, and documented the whole thing for her YouTube fans:

And after last year’s Olympics, medal-winning swimmers Ryan Lochte, Natalie Coughlin and Michael Phelps (PHELPS PHELPS PHELPS) were also given the opportunity.

Honestly, no wonder it’s such a diverse group — it really doesn’t look that hard. NYSE, if you ever need a fill-in, just let us know.

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