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R2-d2 (phonetically spelled artoo-detoo, and called "r2" or "artoo" for short) is a robot character in the star wars universe. an astromech droid (referred to in the novel as a 'thermocapsulary dehousing assister'), r2-d2 is a major character in all six star wars films. along with his protocol droid companion c-3po, he joins or supports anakin skywalker, luke skywalker, princess leia, and obi-wan kenobi in various points in the saga. r2-d2 was played by kenny baker.