Weekend Vid Picks: Darth Vader and Other People Who’ve Run the Wall Street Bell

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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